The LA Galaxy defeated FC Golden State Force 3-1 in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium in Carson, Calif.
The LA Galaxy used short-term loans to bring up five players from LA Galaxy II for this match: Eric Lopez (goalkeeper), John Requejo (defender), Julian Buscher (midfielder), Frank Lopez (forward) and Ethan Zubak (forward).
FC Golden State Force was the underdog from early on during its U.S. Open Cup run and eventually tied with two other teams for the longest runs as an amateur sides in the tournament.
The Galaxy’s Bradford Jamieson IV opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a curling shot to the back post. The FC Golden State Force defenders seemed to be a little starstruck, giving Jamieson far more space than they should have on that play.
The first half was dominated by the Galaxy, but the scoreline did not convey the amount of possession the team held. In the 37th minute, Ariel Lassiter was able to notch another goal for the Galaxy to put the score at 2-0 in favor of LA.
FC Golden State Force’s head coach, Robert Friedland made a substitution at the half that made a direct impact on the team’s deficit. Enrique Cardenas came in for Erik Holt, and provided an assist for Pedro Fonseca’s goal in the 46th minute to cut the FCGSF deficit in half.
Friedland’s side continued their increased presence in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to quell the Galaxy’s attack. One opportunity in the 79th minute found several Golden State Force players on the counter attack, but LA Galaxy midfielder Ema Boateng caught up to the play and shut it down. This play changed the momentum of the match in favor of the Galaxy.
Ariel Lassiter notched his second of the evening in the 85th minute, giving the Galaxy a 3-1 lead which was held for the rest of the contest.
“I think we had a little bit of a lapse, but I think the third goal helped us seal the deal, and you know these games are always a little bit tough,” said forward Ariel Lassiter. “These teams always give every MLS teams a little bit of trouble, but it’s important that we got through it, and on to the next round.”
The LA Galaxy advance to the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup where they will be taking on the Portland Timbers in the Round of 16.