Alonso, Montero lift Sounders past Cal FC 5-0
As Osvaldo Alonso and Fredy Montero saw things, it was just a matter of time.
Alonso and Montero each scored a pair of goals in the second half, and the Seattle Sounders tallied five times in a span of 20 minutes on Tuesday night to end Cal FC's run through the U.S. Open Cup with a 5-0 fourth-round victory.
Andy Rose also scored for Seattle, which was kept off the board for nearly 50 minutes by the amateur side from Thousand Oaks, Calif., before Alonso converted a penalty kick.
''The first half was a hard half because they were very strong in their defense,'' Alonso said. ''But the second half, we entered the field feeling happy and positive about the fact that if we scored the first goal, then the next goal and the next goal and the next goal were going to come.''
That's precisely what happened. Montero ran onto a long through ball from Cordell Cato and ripped it into the back left corner late in the 58th minute. Rose got the last head on an airborne ball in the box and sent it into the right side midway through the 66th minute.
Montero curled in a 25-yard direct free kick from beyond the top left corner of the box midway through the 68th - a goal that initially was called offside, but then allowed. Alonso finished it with a straight-on 35-yard blast late in the 70th minute.
''It was like just waiting for us to score a goal,'' Montero said. ''Lucky for us, it was a penalty. We knew the diffrerence was going to be the first goal.''
The Sounders, going for an unprecedented fourth straight U.S. Open Cup, will be on the road for the quarterfinals on June 26, visiting Major League Soccer rival San Jose. Seattle is 15-0-1 in Open Cup play since joining MLS as an expansion team in 2009, but has played just three road games during that time: two in 2009 and one in 2010.
Cal FC, coached by former U.S. national team star and television analyst Eric Wynalda, went further than any other U.S. Adult Soccer Association (fifth-tier) team in the modern era in the Open Cup (1995-present). Despite being together for barely a month, it was the first USASA team to knock off an MLS side when it beat the Portland Timbers in overtime last Wednesday in Oregon, 1-0.
''All in all, if you look at the goals we set for ourselves, we did exceed a lot of people's expectations,'' Wynalda said. ''They recognize what happened tonight. That first goal really was a punch in the gut. When we had to make the switch to try to get more forwards on the field, it opened up and (the Sounders) showed their quality.
''We just wanted to get to about the 60th minute and throw some forwards on the field,'' Wynalda added. ''But we never got there.''
Despite an 11-2 shot advantage through the first 49-plus minutes, the Sounders still had nothing on the board when a shot by Montero from the top of the penalty area went off the arm of Cal FC defender Jesus Gonzanez just inside the box. Alonso sent the ensuing PK into the back left corner before goalkeeper Derby Carillo, who was going that direction, could get there to stop it.
That was all the Sounders needed, as they wound up outshooting Cal FC, 28-4.
''We felt we needed to be calm a little bit. We were trying to force things down the middle,'' Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said of his team's scoreless first half. ''The effort was there - we just needed to change our tactics a little bit.''
Montero's two tallies gave him seven Open Cup goals for his career, tying him with former teammate Nate Jaqua for the franchise record.