The Los Angeles Football Club defeated Sacramento Republic 3-2 in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 match Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium. LAFC will host the Portland Timbers in the quarterfinals of the tournament July 18th.
LAFC defeated Fresno FC 2-0 in the previous round of the tournament with goals from Diego Rossi and Latif Blessing, while Sacramento Republic defeated MLS side Seattle Sounders in the previous round.
The first half of Wednesday’s match was primarily controlled by LAFC, which recorded 12 shots on goal compared to Sacramento’s eight. However, Sacramento Republic opened the scoring first in the 35th minute, off a goal from Elliott Hord. The goal turned the run of play in favor of Sacramento for the remainder of the half, although the USL side did not convert the opportunities that followed.
LAFC’s best opportunity in the first half came off a penalty kick attempt from Benny Feilhaber in the 44th minute of play. Feilhaber drew the foul himself after being taken down in the box by Republic’s Justin Schmidt. Josh Cohen save the penalty kick for Sacramento to maintain a clean sheet heading into the half.
LAFC found its way back begrudgingly in the second half, only leading the game for one minute plus stoppage time to end the match. Feilhaber found his redemption in the 58th minute for that unfinished first-half penalty kick.
The celebration didn’t last long, as Sacramento’s Villyan Bijev answered two minutes later in the 60th minute to put Sacramento back up 2-1.
LAFC continued to apply heavy pressure and finally got the job done with an equalizer from Rossi in the 67th minute. This goal was the turning point in the match, and Blessing finished a Rossi cross in the 89th minute to put an end to the dramatic contest.