2012 TheCup.us Player of the Round: Artur Aghasyan selection gives Cal FC third honor in a row (video)
Move over Kardashians, there is a new star Armenian in Los Angeles. Cal FC striker Artur Aghasyan was selected as the Third Round’s TheCup.us US Open Cup Player of the Round for providing the game-winning overtime strike in the historic upset against the Portland Timbers.
2012 US Open Cup Third Round: Cal FC gets world’s attention with historic upset of Portland Timbers (video)
By the end of the 120 minutes (1:15 am ET), a team that nobody knew about two weeks ago was trending worldwide on Twitter. Cal FC became not only the first US Adult Soccer Association team to score against a Major League Soccer opponent, but became the first to advance via a victory, downing the Portland Timbers, 1-0 in overtime, on the road at Jeld-Wen Field Wednesday evening in the Third Round of the US Open Cup.
2012 US Open Cup Third Round: Seattle Sounders tame Silverbacks as third title defense begins (video)
Three-time defending Open Cup Champion Seattle Sounders FC avoided the fate Real Salt Lake, who also purchased their Third Round home game, by routing the Atlanta Silverbacks 5-1 to extend their record Open Cup unbeaten streak to 18 games.
There was good news as well as bad for Real Salt Lake as the Utah side entered the Lamar Hunt Open Cup tournament against Minnesota Stars FC. The good news was the fanatical supporters of the Claret and Cobalt set an attendance record for the Open Cup tournament as 17,212 packed Rio Tinto Stadium on a Tuesday night with short notice. Unfortunately for the RSL faithful, that was the only good news of the night.
The expansion San Antonio Scorpions of the NASL stunned the 2011 MLS Cup runners-up in an incredible night of US Open Cup action when they defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0 at Heroes Stadium Tuesday night.