Sunday, May 6, 2012
Cal FC, PSA Elite off to Open Cup
By Scott French
Thousand Oaks' Cal FC and Irvine's PSA Elite on Saturday claimed the final two berths in this year's U.S. Open Cup. Now they'll face off for a spot in the U.S. Adult Soccer Association national final four in Chicago this summer.
Cal FC, managed by Eric Wynalda and featuring former Galaxy defender Mike Randolph and UC Santa Barbara alum Danny Barrera, pulled out a 4-3 victory Friday over Manhattan Beach's Doxa Italia in the key Group A match at the seven-team USASA Region IV tournament at Ontario Soccer Park. They won the group Saturday with a 7-0 rout over The Internationalist, from Los Angeles.
The fourth team in the group, EP Elite, an El Paso, Texas, club representing New Mexico, was a no-show for the event and forfeited its three matches.
PSA Elite toppled Northern California's DV8 Defenders, its prime competition, in a Group B opener Friday, then crushed Pittsburg Galaxy, also from the Bay Area, and played fellow Irvine side OC Crew to a scoreless draw Saturday.
Defending Region IV champ Doxa Italia and DV8 Defenders were the region's Open Cup qualifiers last year. Both lost in the first round.
Cal FC and PSA Elite face first-round Open Cup trips to the Pacific Northwest. One will meet defending USL Premier Development League champion Kitsap Pumas in Bremerton, Wash., and the other will play at 2010 PDL titlist Portland Timbers U-23. U.S. Soccer will determine the matchups. The opening round in May 15.
Five other Southern California clubs are in the U.S. Open Cup field. Fullerton Rangers and Ventura County Fusion face off in a May 15 opener, with the winner taking on the L.A. Blues a week late in the second round. The Galaxy and Chivas USA enter the competition in the third round, on May 29.