FCT 253 grabs last Open Cup spot before even playing a league match

FCT 253 grabs last Open Cup spot before even playing a league match

An FCT player goes sideways in action on Sunday at Memorial Stadium. (
FCT player Pedro Millan goes sideways in action on Sunday at Memorial Stadium. (Marcus Annable)

fctacoma_crestSEATTLE, WA— FC Tacoma (FCT 253) grabbed the 91st and final 2015 US Open Cup spot on Sunday at Memorial Stadium with a 6-1 victory over fellow NPSL side the San Diego Flash. (See TheCup.us match report here.)

Marcus Annable shot the match and provides most of the photos in this recap. See his entire match gallery on his Facebook page.

Pedro Millan gave FCT a 1-0 advantage just nine minutes in when he quickly turned on a ball and struck it home. Ten minutes later it was 2-0 after a FCT shot was deflected into the San Diego net. Reports are unclear but it might have been an own goal. Tacoma took a 2-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.

FCT Captain Matt Shaxton battles with a Flash player. (Marcus Annable)
FCT Captain Matt Shaxton battles with a Flash player. (Marcus Annable)
Tacoma gets final instructions in their locker room prior to kick off. (Shannon Matthews / Twitter)
Tacoma gets final instructions in their locker room prior to kick off. (Shannon Matthews / Twitter)

The second half was all FCT as they lost the shutout battle but rattled in four more goals of their own. Team Captain Matt Shaxton found Gareth Vaughn in the 47th minute to make it 3-0, and the match seemed safe for the purple. However, the visiting Flash answered back in the 54th when Segio Valle converted a penalty kick to make it 3-1.

The rest of the match was Tacoma’s. Pedro Millan converted a penalty kick, and Matt Shaxton and Eli Gordley added goals to make for a 6-1 romp.

FC Tacoma have yet to play an NPSL league match, but they are in to the US Open Cup proper. Speculation is that they might be matched up regionally next against Bremerton’s PDL Kitsap Pumas.

The scorebaord tells the story. (Marcus Annable)
The scoreboard tells the story. (Marcus Annable)
FCT 253 players celebrate making the 2015 US Open Cup. (Marcus Annable)
FCT 253 players celebrate making the 2015 US Open Cup. (Marcus Annable)
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