Timbers Lose Stunner to Cal FC
May 30, 2012, 9:59 pm
The Timbers joined a long, and embarrassing, list of MLS teams that have fallen to lower division teams in US Open Cup games. This one was the most embarrassing though. Portland was the eight MLS team to fall after amateur team Cal FC came into JELD-WEN Field and defeated the Timbers 1-0 Wednesday night.
Cal FC coach Eric Wynalda said if his team could get past the opening jitters of playing an MLS and playing in front of the Timbers' Army, then he liked his club's chances. Wynalda proved to be correct in his assessment.
Portland didn't make it easy for Cal FC, though. The Timbers dominated in shot attempts (37 to 8), but it was one of those nights where everything seemed to miss just right or just high.
Portland's best scoring attempt came in the 79th minute, when a Cal FC player hit a Timber's cross with his arm, setting up a penalty kick for Kris Boyd. Boyd's attempt, however, flew over the crossbar, diffusing the threat.
The game was scoreless after two full halves, but in the fifth minute of extra time, Artur Aghasyan chipped in a shot past Troy Perkins to break the scoreless draw.
Cal FC moves on to play the Seattle Sounders in the next round of the Cup. The Timbers' Army could be heard chanting "beat Seattle" as Wynalda's team left the pitch.
Portland must wait until June 17th now until their next game, when they resume MLS play with the Los Angeles Galaxy.