They will say the more important goal is the USL season, but Wednesday night, Arizona United was schooled by USASA’s Chula Vista FC 3-0 in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Scottsdale Stadium.
“Our guys didn’t show up tonight,” Arizona United head coach Michael Dellorusso said. “They didn’t play with pride, they didn’t play for the organization. It’s extremely embarrassing our performance tonight.”
“We seen them on Youtube a couple of times and we studied them as a team, we knew they played good from the outside,” Chula Vista coach J. Hector Diaz said. “We tried to eliminate the outsides and we got an early goal, so we tried to eliminate that completely in the second half and I thought the boys did a good job.”
Arizona United opened the match up early, stretching Chula Vista across the field and had many chances in the first half, but Chula Vista goalkeeper Sebastian Ortiz was more than up to the task of stopping Arizona United’s threats.
It started with a trio of shots from Brad Stisser in the 10th, 13th and 19th minutes. Then it was Cameron Vickers’ turn in the 28th minute. And even Geroge Malki gave it a try in the 33rd minute, but all threats were snuffed out by Ortiz.
“The keeper had a great game,” Dellorusso said. He had a great first half. He was unbelievable.”
Then the game turned when Daniel Antunez tried to make a play on midfielder Alberto Diaz and missed, which gave Ortiz a 1-on-1 attempt at Carl Woszczynski. Ortiz dribbled around a diving Woszczynski, and Ortiz put the ball in the back of the net for a 1-0 Chula Vista lead.
Chula Vista doubled its lead when Angel Pinal was on the end of a fee kick that was not defended, and he headed it into a wide open right side of the net for a 2-0 lead.
Chula Vista made it 3-0 when Alberto Diaz scored his second of the night when he struck a ball from the top of the 18 that fooled Woszczynski and went in the right side of the net for a 3-0 lead.
“The first goal I saw the gap and said ‘flick it’ so he flicked it and I was right there and had my head down, the keeper was down cut and just put it in,” Alberto Diaz said. “The second one I was going to give a wall pass and the keeper anticipated that wall pass and he slid a little, and the guys told me to shoot so I picked up my head the keeper had slid and it just went in.”
Woszczynski echoed Dellorusso’s feeling on the club’s play on the evening.
“We didn’t come out with any heart, any energy, we knew it was an important game , but we just didn’t show up,” Woszczynski said. “It’s disappointing. It’s embarrassing. We have to apologize to the fans who came out, ownership for playing this way.”
While Arizona United bows out of U.S. Open Cup play, it does have an important USL match to come on Saturday when it travels to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC to maintain its fourth place standing in the Western Conference.
“We train here tomorrow morning, and we’ll just go from there,” Dellorusso said.