The award is voted on by the staff at TheCup.us and a select of panel of members from the North American Soccer Reporters.
After giving up an early goal, the defending MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy had no trouble eliminating PSA Elite, the last remaining amateur club in the tournament.
The $15,000 match was decided by dueling substitutes Wednesday night at the Ventura College Sportsplex.
Michael Salazar scored and had an assist, and Orange County-based amateur club PSA Elite (USASA) withstood a late barrage to hang on for a 2-1 victory over Orange County Blues FC.
Norberto Orejel made the most of his Lamar Hunt US Open Cup debut, scoring two goals in the first half as PSA Elite defeated Golden State Misioneros FC, 7-1, in a first round game at Weingart Stadium on the campus of East Los Angeles College.
The Orange County-based club makes its fourth consecutive Open Cup appearance this year, opening on May 13 against Golden State Misioneros FC at East L.A. College’s Weingart Stadium.
In front of a standing-room-only crowd, the Sounders swept aside amateur club PSA Elite 5-0 to reach the fifth round of the tournament. Kenny Cooper scored a pair of goals, Brad Evans and Cam Weaver added first-half tallies and Sean Okoli chipped in with a fifth late in the match.
The award is voted on by TheCup.us staff and a select panel from the North American Soccer Reporters.
For the second time this year, PSA Elite advance to the next round by way of penalty kicks against a Los Angeles-based USL club, downing LA Galaxy II from the spot after a scoreless draw.
With the match less than 24 hours away, there has been no announcement of a replacement venue and it may be too late for a change, but no official announcement has been made.