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US Open Cup 2019: LAFC survive the Earthquakes 3-1

Diego Rossi and Latiff Blessing celebrate goal with Carlos Vela and teammates | Photo by Juan Contreras for LA Soccer Nation | June 20, 2019
US Open Cup 2019: LAFC survive the Earthquakes 3-1

In their quest for the franchises first trophy the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) had to get by their California rivals the San Jose Earthquakes.

The teams faced off in the round of 16 of the U.S. Open Cup at Banc of California Stadium. The last time the two teams met, LAFC decimated the Earthquakes 5-0 on their home pitch.

In their quest for the franchises first trophy, the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) had to get by their California rivals the San Jose Earthquakes a chance at a trophy this game was much different than their last meeting.

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Adame Diomande of LAFC 60′ goal | Photo by Juan Contreras for LA Soccer Nation | June 20, 2019

The Earthquakes perhaps remembering that embarrassing loss were emboldened to start the game and took the initiative to LAFC.

In the seventh minute they caught out the LAFC backline with Cristian Espinoza coming down the wing and finding Vako alone in the box to stun the LAFC supporters as their team was quickly down 1-0.

The Earthquakes were not satisified with just the one goal and they maintained their pressure on the LAFC back line. They were effective using the long ball and attacking down the wing.

LAFC was saved time and again by their goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega who came up with some key saves to prevent the deficit from getting larger.

In the the 35th minute LAFC was finally able to break down the Earthquakes when Lee Nguyen got a through ball into the box on the foot of Diego Rossi who slotted home a goal with his left foot.

Carlos Vela of LAFC | Photo by Juan Contreras for LA Soccer Nation | June 20, 2019

The score remained the same through halftime, leaving 45 minutes for one of the teams to come up with the win to move on.

After half-time LAFC began to assert control over the game and in the 60th minute they broke through with go ahead goal.

Rossi found Adama Diomande in the box, Diomande rounded the goalkeeper and put the team ahead with the second LAFC goal.

Almost immediately LAFC could have given the lead right back but were saved by another Sisniega save. He would be named man of the match after getting eight saves.

Eduard Atuesta of LAFC protecting the play | Photo by Juan Contreras for LA Soccer Nation | June 20, 2019

The captain Carlos Vela put the finishing touches on the game scoring in the 85th minute to clinch the 3-1 win. LAFC will now move on to face the Portland Timbers in the quarterfinals.

With the win LAFC is another step closer to their first trophy and a chance to establish themselves as a force in North American soccer.

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