There was not time for celebrating on Thursday night after Spartans Futbol Club of Vancouver won a playoff match against Seattle Sporting FC.
By Friday, the team was on the road, driving to Oakland, Calif., for a Saturday night match.
At the end of that long drive was a 2-1 loss to CD Aquiluchos USA. The California team converted a late penalty kick to win the match, according to the Spartans' Facebook page, and claimed the National Premier Soccer League Western Region's entry in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Spartans owner and coach Gary Allen said he learned on Monday that his team would need to play two games this week to meet the U.S. Open Cup deadline for entering the national tournament.
Paco Thomas Sanyos scored two first-half goals Thursday helping Spartans FC defeat Seattle Sporting FC 3-0 at Buckman Field in Portland. He scored on a left-footed shot from near the top of the penalty area, then converted a penalty kick after Nino Ayala drew a foul.
In the second half, Alfredo Valledares scored a third goal for Spartans FC.
Founded 13 months ago, Spartans FC will play for the first time in 2014 in the National Premier Soccer League, beginning April 5. The Spartans owners and many of its players live in Vancouver, but the club will play 2014 home games at Concordia University in Portland.
Founded in 2012, CD Aguiluchos USA is named after 15-time Salvadorian champion CD Aguila.
Its roster includes former Aguila and El Salvador striker Rudis Corrales, who scored 17 international goals for El Salvador.