Daniel Antúnez Scores in U.S. Open Cup

PORTLAND. Former Chivas USA midfielder Daniel Antúnez of Santa Ana, CA scored a game-winning goal for his new team Arizona United versus the Portland Timbers U-23 team.

Antúnez missed most of last season due to a knee injury suffered in a match at the Home Depot Center against the Colorado Rapids. Last season Antúnez started to get more and more minutes eventually becoming a starter while earning the trust of former coach José Luis Sánchez Solá, aka Chelís.

The U.S. Open Cup is the longest-running soccer tournament in this country, pitting nationwide amateur and professional leagues in competition. Arizona United are in their inaugural year in the United Soccer Leagues Professional Division. The Portland Timbers Under 23 team, an affiliate of Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers, competes in the USL Premier Development League.

The match from Portland is archived in its entirety on YouTube. The action begins at the 18’45” mark:


Author: Omar Ian Ávalos

Professional musician and music educator by trade, soccer writer by chance. Music composer, musicologist, pianist, flamenco guitarist and writer out of Santa Ana, CA. YouTube.com/Flamencali. Past contributions at Soccer Newsday, SB Nation, TheCup.US, The Guardian US and Midfield Press. Latest project: opendivision.wordpress.com. Social: @OpenDivisionUSA, /r/OpenDivision. Blogs and projects include The Saint City Post, The Angeltown Post, The Anemometer and more.

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