You may remember Cal FC from such feature-length operatics as “The 2012 U.S. Open Cup,” and, “That time that amateur team beat the Portland Timbers in 2012.” Yes, that same Cal FC team is doing things again.
On Saturday, Cal FC scored a goal in the final minute of the second overtime to beat Manhattan Beach outfit Doxa Italia 3-2 in a U.S. Open Cup play-in game out of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association. That win-and-you’re-in game paved Cal FC’s way back into the tournament for the first time since the team’s magical run in 2012.
Cal FC’s 1-0 win over the Timbers in the third round of the ’12 USOC was undoubtedly the biggest upset in the event’s history in the MLS era. Plenty’s been written about that team, which was coached by Eric Wynalda, who’s since moved on to greener pastures. According to every document I can dredge up, the team is now coached by Nick Webster, the assistant to Wynalda in ’12 and a former Fox Soccer commentary man. Which follows, since his former British Fox Soccer buddy Keith Costigan only recently ended a stint as an academy coach in the Chivas USA system.
In any case, all this means is a former land mine is back in the field for 2014. Don’t worry, Timbers fans. Artur Aghasyan, the man who scored the game-winner in overtime in 2012, is now with the Ventura County Fusion. Rest easy. Or don’t. The latter is probably safer.