The Portland Timbers defeated the LA Galaxy by a score of 1-0 in the Round of 16 of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Friday night in front of an announced 14,556 fans at Providence Park in Portland, Ore.
The Timbers will move on to the quarterfinals of the tournament to face the winner of the LAFC vs. Sacramento Republic match up scheduled for June 20th.
The Galaxy were without several starting players: both Dos Santos brothers and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were in Russia for the World Cup and Sebastian Lletget and Romain Alessandrini were both unavailable due to injury. The Timbers also rested one of their star players, as Diego Valeri was not in the 18-player roster for this match.
Portland opened the scoring in the 30th minute, when midfielder Sebastian Blanco took advantage of Galaxy defender Dave Romney allowing too much space. Blanco took a shot from inside the 18-yard box and converted the opportunity for the lone goal of the match.
Concerns arose for Galaxy fans in the 57th minute when forward Ola Kamara went down in the middle of the field in a non-contact play. He was grasping the back of his calf and was unable to continue the match. Ariel Lassiter replaced Kamara to finish out the match.
Shortly thereafter, in the 70th minute, midfielder Ema Boateng also had to be subbed out due to injury. He was replaced by Baggio Husidic, who is returning into the fold after injury, as well.
“It’s disappointing, obviously it’s a one off game and we’re out of the tournament,” midfielder Perry Kitchen commented. “Saying that, I thought the second half was much better than the first. We created more chances and they weren’t nearly as dangerous in the second half. Overall, disappointing. So we get over it now, as we’re out of the campaign.”
With the loss, the Galaxy are knocked out of the 2018 U.S. Open Cup and the Portland Timbers move forward. They will find out their opponent June 20th.