The night didn't get off to the greatest start for the Sounders U23's on Wednesday night in Bonney Lake in the team's return to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup in first round action. A turnover in the defensive third led to Outbreak FC's opening goal, scored by midfielder Oscar Aguero about 30 minutes in.
About 10 minutes later, the U23's found the equalizer in the second phase off a corner kick. The initial effort was cleared as far as midfielder Leeroy Maguraushe, who finished a beautiful left-footed half volley to tie the game going into halftime.
In the second half, there were plenty of chances for the U23's to find the winning goal, but they were unable to do so in full time. Ash Apollon, who played for KItsap Pumas last season, came off the bench later in the second half, bringing a change of pace that Outbreak FC defenders had trouble dealing with. He would eventually provide the game winning assist, on a feed to David Olsen, putting the U23's up 2-1 with about 5 minutes remaining in the second extra time. Although Apollon had a penalty attempt saved shortly after Olsen's goal, he was able to provide an insurance goal in the closing moments of the game.
Sounders U23 will now travel to Bremerton next week to take on Kitsap Pumas in the second round of the Open Cup. It will be the PDL Northwest Division rivals' first meeting in 2016. The game is scheduled for next Wednesday at 7:30 PM at Olympic High School's Silverdale Stadium.