Cal FC upsets Timbers 1-0 in US Open Cup match

By Anne M. Peterson

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, May 31 2012 12:12 a.m. MDT

PORTLAND, Ore. — Artur Aghasyan scored in the first overtime and Cal FC, an amateur team coached by former U.S. national team standout Eric Wynalda, upset the Portland Timbers 1-0 in a third-round match of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night.

Aghasyan, who played for a time last season with Real Salt Lake, charged Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins in the 95th minute and rifled the ball into the goal as Perkins slid on the turf.

Cal FC, based in Thousand Oaks, Calif., is part of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association and features several former pro players on its roster. The team beat the Kitsap Pumas of the USL Premier Development League and the USL Pro's Wilmington Hammerheads to advance to Wednesday night's match.

Seven MLS teams were eliminated Tuesday from the 99-year-old tournament. The Timbers did not take the match lightly, using many of their regular starters, including Scottish striker Kris Boyd.

Portland was clearly the stronger team, but couldn't finish several chances, while Cal FC showed tenacity throughout the match.

Portland's Darlington Nagbe fired the ball from atop the box in the 23rd minute, but it was scooped up by goalkeeper Derby Carillo. Eric Alexander also had a chance in the 42nd minute, but his shot just skimmed over the crossbar.

Portland kept most of its starters in for the second, but still had no luck finding the goal. Sub Brent Richards and forward Jorge Perlazza got off three threatening shots, but all went over the bar.

But the crowd was most stunned when Boyd's penalty kick in the 80th minute also sailed over the top as the Timbers' Army supporters' club chanted "care like we do."

The Timbers got stung at the end of regulation when Boyd appeared to twist his left ankle just outside of Carillo's goal. Boyd walked to Portland's bench, albeit gingerly.

Cal FC goes on to play the Seattle Sounders in the next round. The Sounders, who have won the last three U.S. Open Cups, defeated the NASL's Atlanta Silverbacks 5-1 Wednesday night.

The U.S. Open Cup is a single-elimination tournament open to all U.S. Soccer affiliated teams, from the amateur to the professional level. In 2006, Roma FC, a Dallas-based amateur team, made it to the fourth round before losing to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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