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California United FC II Wraps Up Unbeaten UPSL Fall Season with Championship

Irvine (Calif.)-based club defeats Inocentes FC, 4-2, in shootout
Published Feb 9, 2019

February 9, 2019 - Wilmington (Calif.) - California United FC II played with 10 men for 55 minutes, Inocentes FC scored a second-half equalizer and the home team nearly scored the game-winner in the closing seconds of regulation.

All this before the drama of a shootout to determine the new champion of the United Premier Soccer League.

Andy Contreras scored in the 39th minute, and Cal United FC II completed its unbeaten league run with a 4-2 shootout victory Saturday night in the UPSL Fall Season Championship Game at L.A. Harbor College.

"I'm proud of the guys. They hung in and we probably should've scored in the 90th (minute), but we'll take it," California United FC II General Manager Ron Gilmore said.

Christian Gordillo, Juan Pablo Oceguera, Gonzalo Salguero and Paolo Cardozo coverted spot kicks in the shootout for Cal United FC II (14-1-0 overall), with many of the teams' players winning their third UPSL championship in four seasons.

Kifikalani Cabrera, Duncan Capriotti, Cardozo, Ikaika Fuerte, Chris Klute and Salguero all previously won UPSL titles with L.A. Wolves FC (Spring 2017) and OC Invicta FC (Fall 2017).

"This has been a special group and will continue to be a special group," Gilmore said. "They're winners and we're looking forward to where they'll take us next."

Erick Valencia netted the game-tying goal for Inocentes FC (9-2-3) in the 62nd minute as the Fort Worth (Texas)-based club was able to break through on a counter attack.

"We never gave up and showed everybody what Inocentes FC is about," Inocentes FC General Manager Mario Alcala said. "We're all heart, we bring a big crowd and play hard. We'll be back, hopefully."

Both teams had first-half shots cleared off the goal line by scrambling defenders before Cal United FC II midfielder Kyle O'Brien was sent off for a reckless tackle in the 35th minute.

Cal United FC II used the space to create a chance for Contreras, and the forward fired a left-footed curler into the corner for the opening goal.

Inocentes FC set a few defensive traps in the second half. and Valencia found the back of the net to tie the score midway though the second half.

An offside call negated a goal from Cal United FC in the 90th minute, and the teams headed straight to a shootout.

Each goalkeeper made a save on their second attempt, but Inocentes FC's third shooter fired high over the bar on the team's third kick before Cardozo, the 2018 Fall Season Championship Game Most Valuable Player, calmly slotted his try into the corner for the win.