Eric Wynalda put together a team with a simple, perhaps unachievable goal: win the U.S. Open Cup.
Thousand Oaks' Cal FC took another step toward that Tuesday night, routing USL Pro side Wilmington Hammerheads, 4-0, in North Carolina to advance to the third round of the nation's oldest soccer competition, in which it will face Major League opposition.
Danny Barrera scored twice from assists by his brother, Diego, and the U.S. Adult Soccer Association side earned a date next week with the Portland Timbers.
Wynalda, an American soccer legend and first-ballot National Soccer Hall of Famer from Westlake Village, was on hand to guide Cal FC after missing last week's first-round win over Premier Development League champion Kitsap Pumas while he was in Munich preparing for Fox's coverage of the UEFA Champions League final. Wynalda is a studio analyst on Fox soccer broadcasts.
“Tonight was a good demonstration of what the guys are capable of, at times good and bad,” Wynalda told the Wilmington (N.C.) StarNews. “All in all, I'm very happy with them. I think they've come together remarkably, in a very short span of time.”
The Barrera brothers hooked up in the 25th and 57th minutes, the first on a corner kick. Former Real Salt Lake forward Artur Aghasyan made it 2-0 in the 35th and Pedro Ferreira-Mendes added another on a 79th-minute free kick.
The game in Portland will be played next Wednesday.
In the other East Coast game involving a local team:
Carolina RailHawks 6, PSA Elite (Irvine) 0: The Galaxy is headed to North Carolina after the RailHawks, from the second-tier North American Soccer League, crushed the USASA Region IV champs in Cary, N.C. Carolina will be home for next Tuesday's third-round clash against the reigning MLS champion.
Brian Shriver scored a club-record six goals, with a first-half hat trick, to lead the Railhawks. Zack Schilawski and Amir Lowery also tallied for Carolina.
SCORELIST: Here is a full scorelist and third-round schedule:
(Home teams listed first)
L.A. Blues (USL Pro) 1, Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 3, OT
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 6, PSA Elite (USASA) 0
Wilmington Hammerheads (USL Pro) 0, Cal FC (USASA) 4
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) 7, Fresno Fuego (PDL) 2
Des Moines Menace (PDL) 0, Minnesota Stars (NASL) 2
San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) 2, Laredo Heat (PDL) 0
Orlando City SC (USL Pro) 7, K.C. Athletics (USASA) 0
El Paso Patriots (PDL) 0, Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro) 1
Jacksonville United (NPSL) 0, Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) 3
Charleston Battery (USL Pro) 2, Reading United AC (PDL) 1
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro) 2, Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) 0
Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (USASA) 0, Richmond Kickers (USL Pro) 4
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL Pro) 0, Michigan Bucks (PDL) 1
Georgia Revolution (NPSL) 0, Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) 1
Rochester Rhinos (USL Pro) 3, Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) 0
Chicago Fire PDL (PDL) 1, Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Pro) 2
Tuesday, May 29
Chivas USA (MLS) vs. Ventura County Fusion (PDL) at Ventura College, 7 p.m.
Galaxy (MLS) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL), 4:07 p.m.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Real Salt Lake (MLS) at Minnesota Stars (NASL)
Houston Dynamo (MLS) at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL)
Orlando City SC (USL Pro) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro) or El Paso Patriots (PDL) at FC Dallas
Colorado Rapids (MLS) at Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)
New York Red Bulls (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL Pro)
New England Revolution (MLS) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro)
D.C. United (MLS) at Richmond Kickers (USL Pro)
Chicago Fire (MLS) at Michigan Bucks (PDL)
Seattle Sounders (MLS) at Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL)
Rochester Rhinos (USL Pro) at Philadelphia Union (MLS)
Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Pro) at Columbus Crew (MLS)
Wednesday, May 30
Cal FC (USASA) at Portland Timbers (MLS), 7:30 p.m.