Gauchos in the Pros: Gaucho Alums Continue U.S. Open Cup Action on Tuesday

Danny Barrera By Michael Moriatis
Danny Barrera By Michael Moriatis

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The U.S. Open Cup continues on Tuesday, June 5 and several former UCSB players' teams are still in contention.

The most surprising upset of the Third Round was by Danny Barrera's (UCSB, 2008-10) Cal Football Club, which is based out of Thousand Oaks and competes in the United States Adult Soccer Association. The club defeated the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, 1-0, in overtime last Wednesday.

Cal FC advanced to the Fourth Round where Barrera will face former teammate Michael Tetteh's (UCSB, 2008-10) Seattle Sounders.

The San Jose Earthquakes – home to Sam Garza (UCSB, 2010-11) – advanced after the former Gaucho led his team to a 2-1 victory, scoring both goals in the win. Check out the game highlights, here. The Earthquakes will play the Minnesota Stars of the North American Soccer League tomorrow.

Chris Pontius' (UCSB, 2008-11) DC United will face Philadelphia Union on Tuesday, but his current playing status is listed as doubtful due to an injury. Dan Kennedy's (UCSB, 2001-04) Chivas USA has also advanced and will face the Carolina RailHawks.

The U.S. Open Cup is a single-elimination tournament open to all U.S. Soccer affiliated teams, from the amateur to the professional level. 

The 2012 UCSB men's soccer season opens on Aug. 18 and season tickets are now available for what is sure to be an action-packed year filled with record-setting crowds. To purchase tickets, call (805) 893-UCSB or buy online here

Back by popular demand is the Family Plan, which includes five tickets to each home game for just $178 – just over $3.00 per ticket, per game! This year, the plan will also serve as a Flex Plan either with two season passes and three GKids memberships or five tickets, your choice. GKids, the official UCSB Athletics kids club, remains the best value in town for young Gaucho fans. GKids members get into every regular season game for every UCSB sport when they wear their club t-shirt.