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TUKWILA, Wash. Tony Gonzalez Womens Jersey . —As Osvaldo
Alonso and Fredy Montero saw things, it was just a matter of time. Alonso and
Montero each scored a pair of goals in the second half, and the Seattle Sounders
tallied five times in a span of 20 minutes on Tuesday night to end Cal FCs run
through the U.S. Open Cup with a 5-0 fourth-round victory. Andy Rose also scored
for Seattle, which was kept off the board for nearly 50 minutes by the amateur
side from Thousand Oaks, Calif., before Alonso converted a penalty kick. “The
first half was a hard half because they were very strong in their defence,”
Alonso said. “But the second half, we entered the field feeling happy and
positive about the fact that if we scored the first goal, then the next goal and
the next goal and the next goal were going to come.” Thats precisely what
happened. Montero ran onto a long through ball from Cordell Cato and ripped it
into the back left corner late in the 58th minute. Rose got the last head on an
airborne ball in the box and sent it into the right side midway through the 66th
minute. Montero curled in a 25-yard direct free kick from beyond the top left
corner of the box midway through the 68th—a goal that initially was called
offside, but then allowed. Alonso finished it with a straight-on 35-yard blast
late in the 70th minute. “It was like just waiting for us to score a goal,”
Montero said. “Lucky for us, it was a penalty. We knew the diffrerence was going
to be the first goal.” The Sounders, going for an unprecedented fourth straight
U.S. Open Cup, will be on the road for the quarterfinals on June 26, visiting
Major League Soccer rival San Jose. Seattle is 15-0-1 in Open Cup play since
joining MLS as an expansion team in 2009, but has played just three road games
during that time: two in 2009 and one in 2010. Cal FC, coached by former U.S.
national team star and television analyst Eric Wynalda, went further than any
other U.S. Adult Soccer Association (fifth-tier) team in the modern era in the
Open Cup (1995-present). Despite being together for barely a month, it was the
first USASA team to knock off an MLS side when it beat the Portland Timbers in
overtime last Wednesday in Oregon, 1-0. “All in all, if you look at the goals we
set for ourselves, we did exceed a lot of peoples expectations,” Wynalda said.
“They recognize what happened tonight. That first goal really was a punch in the
gut. When we had to make the switch to try to get more forwards on the field, it
opened up and (the Sounders) showed their quality. “We just wanted to get to
about the 60th minute and throw some forwards on the field,” Wynalda added. “But
we never got there.” Despite an 11-2 shot advantage through the first 49-plus
minutes, the Sounders still had nothing on the board when a shot by Montero from
the top of the penalty area went off the arm of Cal FC defender Jesus Gonzanez
just inside the box. Alonso sent the ensuing PK into the back left corner before
goalkeeper Derby Carillo, who was going that direction, could get there to stop
it. That was all the Sounders needed, as they wound up outshooting Cal FC, 28-4.
“We felt we needed to be calm a little bit. We were trying to force things down
the middle,” Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said of his teams scoreless first half.
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England—Ernie Els plucked the ball from the hole after one last birdie and
heaved it into the grandstand. At the time, it looked like nothing more than a
classy gesture by a former British Open champion—not the next one. The name
on the claret jug was supposed to be Adam Scott, who had a four-shot lead with
four holes to play. But in a shocking turnaround Sunday, Els returned to the
18th green less than an hour later to claim the oldest trophy in golf. Scott
joined a list of players who threw away a major. That was not lost on Els, whose
heart sank when he looked over at the 32-year-old Australian. “Sorry,” Els told
him. “Youre a great player, a great friend of mine. I feel very fortunate. Youre
going to win many of these.” Scott might not get another chance like this. After
hitting a 3-wood into a pot bunker on the final hole, Scott had one last chance
when he stood over a 7-foot par putt to force a playoff. It stayed left of the
cup, and Scott dropped into a crouch. Standing off to the side, his chin
quivered as the magnitude of the meltdown hit him. Instead, he mouthed one word:
“Wow.” Wow, indeed. Even though Els had gone more than two years without
winning, and had thrown away two tournaments in recent months with shaky
putting, the Big Easy felt all along that something special was going to happen
at this British Open. And it did—all because of a collapse by Scott that no
one saw coming. “I know I let a really great chance slip through my fingers
today,” Scott said. On a wind-swept afternoon at Royal Lytham & St. Annes
that blew away the hopes of Tiger Woods and a handful of others, Scott looked
steady as ever by going eight straight holes without making bogey. And thats
when it came undone. “I had it in my hands with four to go,” Scott said. A bogey
from the bunker on the 15th cut the lead to three. That was followed by a
three-putt bogey on the 16th, where his 3-foot par putt spun in and out of the
cup and made the gallery gasp. From the middle of the 17th fairway, he hit a
6-iron that turned left, ran down the slope and took one last bounce in
shin-high grass. “I thought, Hold on. Weve got a problem here, ” said
Graeme McDowell, playing with Scott in the final group. By then, Els had posted
a 2-under 68 with a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole, a cheer that Scott
recognized while playing the 17th. Scott failed to get up-and-down for par from
the rough and suddenly was tied. Els headed to the practice green, where it
rarely works out for him. In perhaps the most crushing defeat in a career filled
with them, Els was on the putting green at Augusta National in 2004 when
Phil Mickelson made an 18-foot birdie putt to win the Masters. “I just thought,
Ill probably be disappointed again, ” Els said. “Youre not really hoping the guy
is going to make a mistake, but youre hoping you dont have to go a playoff, you
can win outright. This one was different, because I feel for Adam.” Els, who
started the final round six shots behind, wound up with his second British Open
—the other one was 10 years ago at Muirfield—and fourth major championship
at a stage in his career when it looked as if his best golf was behind him.
“Amazing,” Els said. “Im still numb. It still hasnt set in. It will probably
take quite a few days because I havent been in this position for 10 years,
obviously. So its just crazy, crazy, crazy getting here.” The celebration was
muted, unlike his other three majors. “First of all, I feel for Adam Scott. Hes
a great friend of mine,” Els said. “Obviously, we both wanted to win very badly.
But you know, thats the nature of the beast. Thats why were out here. You win.
You lose. It was my time for some reason.” The wind finally arrived off the
Irish Sea and ushered in pure chaos—a mental blunder by Woods that led to
triple bogey on the sixth hole, a lost ball by Brandt Snedeker that took him out
of contention and a topped shot that made McDowell, a former U.S. Open champion,
look like an amateur. “I guess my disappointment kind of seems relatively stupid
in relation to the guy … Ive just seen a guy lose The Open Championship,” said
McDowell, who played in the final group of a major for the second straight time.
Nothing was more stunning than what happened to Scott, who closed with a 75. “I
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beautifully for most of the week. I shouldnt let this bring me down.” Even so,
it added another chapter to Australian heartbreak, most of that belonging to his
idol, Greg Norman. Scott was the fourth Australian since the 2007 Masters to
lead going into the final round of a major, yet the proud land Down Under
remains without a major since Geoff Ogilvy won the U.S. Open at Winged Foot in
2006. “Greg was my hero when I was a kid, and I thought he was a great role
model, how he handled himself in victory and defeat,” Scott said. “He set a good
example for us. Its tough. I cant justify anything that Ive done out there. I
didnt finish the tournament well today. “But next time … Im sure there will be
a next time and I can do a better job of it.” Already in the World Golf Hall of
Fame, the 42-year-old Els joined even more elite company. He became only the
sixth player to win the U.S. Open and British Open twice. The others are Jack
Nicklaus, Woods, Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones and Lee Trevino. Woods came undone on
the sixth hole when he tried to blast out of a bunker from a plugged lie, stayed
in the bunker, and three-putted for triple bogey. Still with an outside chance
after a birdie on the 12th, he stuck with his conservative plan of hitting iron
off the tee and made three straight bogeys. He closed with a 73 to tie for third
with Brandt Snedeker, who also had his share of problems for a 74. Woods had his
best finish in a major since he lost to Y.E. Yang in the 2009 PGA Championship,
though he remains winless in the last 17. “Its part of golf,” said Woods, who
moves to No. 2 in the world. “We all go through these phases. Some people, it
lasts entire careers. Others are a little bit shorter. Even the greatest players
to ever play have all gone through little stretches like this.” Els finished at
7-under 273. He failed to qualify for the Masters this year for the first time
in nearly two decades, but that wont be a problem now. His win gives him a
five-year exemption into the majors. It was the most shocking collapse at the
British Open since Jean Van de Velde took a triple bogey on the final hole at
Carnoustie and lost in a playoff. But this was different. It wasnt a last-minute
blowup, more of a slow bleed, similar to Jason Dufner losing a five-shot lead to
Keegan Bradley in the PGA Championship last year, or Ed Sneed making bogey on
the last three holes at the 1979 Masters. There was just enough wind to make the
206 bunkers at Royal Lytham look a little bit bigger. And as the gusts
increased, a calm week turned chaotic. It started with Woods on the sixth hole,
his first triple bogey at a major championship since he lost his ball on the
opening hole at Royal St. Georges in 2003. “One yard,” he said to his caddie, a
measure of the miss. It plugged near the steep wall of a pot bunker. Instead of
chipping to the middle of the bunker, Woods tried to get out with a ferocious
swing. The ball smacked into the wall, nearly hit him and wound up near the left
wall. He sat on the grass, his left knee (which has gone through four surgeries)
flexed underneath him, his right leg extended as he dipped his upper body toward
the sand to make a swing. This one also hit the wall, and caromed around and out
to the right. From there, he three-putted for a 7. “The game plan was to fire it
into the bank, have it ricochet to the right and then have an angle to come back
at it,” Woods said. “Unfortunately, it ricocheted to the left and almost hit
me.” Just like that, he was seven shots behind. It was the second time this year
that one of golfs biggest stars made triple bogey in the final round of a major
while in contention. Phil Mickelson made his on the fourth hole at the Masters
and never recovered. Els made a bogey on the ninth to fall six shots behind. All
that did was fire him up, and he came home in 32. His 68 is best measured in
these terms—of the last 12 players who teed off in the final round, no one
else had better than a 72. Yet there was one more collapse, in the final hour,
and it was the one everyone will remember from this British Open. Its one Scott
will somehow need to forget. As winner and runner-up met in a portable trailer
before going out to the trophy presentation, Els told him: “Dont beat yourself
up.” ’ ’ ’ 

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