SEATTLE, 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.)
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.
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.