CARSON, CA (June 28, 2017) – The LA Galaxy defeated Sacramento Republic FC 2-0 in the Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup Round of 16. Ariel Lassiter and Bradford Jamieson IV scored for the home team.
On their third game in eight days, Galaxy Head Coach Curt Onalfo started another hybrid lineup. Jon Kempin was in goal with Dave Romney at center back. Josh Turnley and Hugo Arellano started as well. Joao Pedro and Bradford Jaimeson IV led the midfield in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Raul Mendiola started at the No. 10 role with Jack McInerney at center forward.
Sacramento Manager Paul Buckle had his team in a 4-4-2. Evan Newton was in goal. Christopher Christian and Emrah Klimenta were at center back. Jeremy Hall was in central midfield. Wilson Kneeshaw and Trevin Caesar started at forward.
LA Galaxy Defeat Sacramento 2-0 And Advance To USOC Quarter Final
The first half was not too exciting. Danny Barrera and Caesar led the way for Sacramento, combining and creating chances. Caesar had the bests opportunities of the half for Republic in the 27th and 41st minute. The forward had trouble finishing though and Josh Turnley did well recovering on several occassions.
Bradford Jamieson IX led the Galaxy attack, combining through the middle. He and Garcia sent several crosses into the box, but could not connect. The Galaxy attack was stagnant at times, having trouble getting up the field quickly.
The half ended 0-0.
Los Angeles came out with new life to start the half. They went at the Republic backline with speed and numbers. This helped then win a dangerous free kick just minutes into the half. Ariel Lassiter stepped up to take it and fired it top corner past Newton. The Galaxy were ahead 1-0 in the 47th minute.
Just two minutes later the Galaxy made it dos a cero. They won the ball in midfield off a goal kick then Jaimeson picked up speed. He dribbled through the Republic defense then slotted a ball inside the near post past Newton.
One on three?
The two teams traded chances in the final 30 minutes, but neither could convert. Substitute Jose Villarreal led the way for the Galaxy. There were shouts for a PK late as McInerny appeared to be taken down right in front of goal, but no foul was called. The match ended 2-0.
The Galaxy advance to play the San Jose Earthquakes in the Quarter Finals on the road on July 10.