Real San Jose (RSJ) seemed to be a determined squad coming into the match on Saturday night. In a pre-match interview, RSJ First Team Coach Jan Eric Nordmo said, "As I understand, San Diego are very strong on attack and have many weapons. We will look to force them to play through us, rather than around or over us. We feel we can use numbers to clog their attack, and counter-attack to stifle their play style."
Indeed RSJ did attempt to put alot of defensive pressure on the SD Flash. However, that was short-lived as #10 Larry Emeanua scored the opening goal in the 28th minute. RSJ played a high-tempo style in the opening minutes, but the undefeated SD Flash side would have none of it. #12 Ladule LoSarah scored goals in the 34th (assist #3 Nate Leboffe) and 36th (assist #16 Brennan Tennelle) minutes to make the score 3 - 0. That remained the score at halftime.
At about midway through the second half, Head Coach Warren Barton started making substitutions:
These substitutions ignited another offensive spark for the SD Flash as #28 David Bakal scored in the 85th minute (assist #10 Larry Emeanua) and #23 Sergio Valle Ortiz capped the scoring by netting one in the 88th minute.
Final Score: SD Flash 5 - Real San Jose 0
Coach Barton went on to say "During practice this week, we had a talk with the players about our poor play in the last match vs Sonoma. We all agreed we needed to step up and I am very pleased with the way the players responded tonight. Now with one match to go, qualifying for the US Open Cup is 100% up to us. I feel very good about our chances back at home vs Sacramento this upcoming Sunday."
The SD Flash control their own destiny for qualification in the US Open Cup. Hollywood United, who were co-leaders entering the night with the Flash, now trail by three points. They must win and hope for the Flash to lose May 15 versus Sacramento to finish tied and advance via the goal differential tiebreaker.
Next Match: 3pm Sunday May 15, 2011 - SD Flash takes on defending NPSL Champion; Sacramento Gold in San Diego.
The SD Flash Soccer Club is a Professional Men's Outdoor Soccer Club based in San Diego, California; that plays in the National Premier Soccer League. The team is formed from talented, local players and will provide quality entertainment at games in a Fun, Family-Friendly atmosphere.
The National Premier Soccer League is a United States soccer league recognized by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and FIFA. The league is officially affiliated with the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and teams can qualify for the U.S. Open Cup. As of 2011, the NPSL consists of 38 teams nationwide.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup dates back to 1914. It is the oldest cup competition in United States soccer and is among the oldest in the world. Open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States, the annual US Open Cup is entering it’s 98th tournament in 2011. Current Standings:
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The SD Flash Soccer Club
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