Soccer in the United States is constantly on the rise with teams eager to grow the game and demonstrate the skills of young soccer stars. Chula Vista FC made an impressive run in the 2015 U.S. Open Cup, which brought additional national attention to the southern most region of the western states.
Eager to build on what had been achieved previously, CVFC kicked off the open round of U.S. Open Cup qualifying matches in grandiose fashion. Director of Coaching Hector Diaz summed it up briefly, “The environment is awesome, the field is impressive, the National Anthem is awesome, and we are grateful to participate in such an excellent tournament.”
If you recall their 2015 run in the U.S. Open Cup was highlighted by a decisive win over the USL’s Arizona United. Last year CVFC was not as successful; they did not make it past the qualifying stage for the 2016 tournament when they lost 0-4 to La Maquina.
Last weekend, the U23 squad headed east to meet up with Frontera United from Yuma, Arizona.
The action started early when Francisco Ramirez buried the first goal in the 2nd minute. The team was meshing well, they set the tone early and it was echoed by Diaz, “It’s hard to single out one particular player, as we did a real good job to play as a team.”
With CVFC dominating possession a style of play was established that would ensure a road win. Chula Vista’s Alberto Diaz scored the first of his 2 goals on the day in the 24th minute. Ramirez made it 3-0 in the 30th minute of the match. Frontera United looked to be down for the count as CVFC maintained control of the game in the middle. The four midfielders Alberto Diaz, Francisco Ramirez, Jose Altamirano and Luis Espinoza allowed CVFC to cruise to the win.
With two additional goals in the 2nd half to make it 5-0, Chula Vista proved their rigorous training schedule and ambition to repeat their run in the U.S. Open Cup was on point. Hopes for a CVFC clean sheet were dashed when Frontera scored late in the 2nd half. But that would not affect the final outcome of the game.
Next month, Chula Vista will travel north to face another strong team in FC Hasental, who will host their second round on Saturday, October 22. Follow Chula Vista FC on Twitter for club updates.