Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Cache Valley Appears in Open Cup Upset

Smithfield's own Sergio Flores is seeing success in USL-2 while playing with Baltimore based Crystal Palace USA.

After heading to South America to pursue a professional playing career in Bolivia - and Argentina? - Flores returned to his home state of Utah to take part in RSL's inaugural season in 2005. Growing up as a striker, Salt Lake coach John Ellinger had other plans for Flores. In the same vein as Jonathan Spector, Ellinger thought he could transform Flores from striker to defender. The experiment didn't work out as Flores never saw time with RSL's first team and then was let go following the season.

Flores returned to Bolivia for a season before returning to the States last year to join Crystal Palace's new USL organization. In just their second year the Baltimore version of Palace are making a name for themselves in the US Open Cup by knocking of the New York Red Bull's by a score of 2-0 on Tuesday night. Flores came on as a late substitute in the match.

Palace's next test will be against the Open Cup defending champions New England Revolution.