Galaxy defeats rival LAFC to reach US Open Cup quarterfinals - LA Focus News
CARSON — The Galaxy always seems to find its best form when it is facing rival LAFC. It was more of the same in Wednesday night’s U. The Galaxy was coming off consecutive home losses in which it allowed six goals, struggling early in each match and seeing things snowball from there. On Wednesday, the Galaxy got second-half goals from Kevin Cabral (51st minute) and Chicharito Hernandez (57th) and added another to forge another win against its intracity MLS rival, 3-1, in front of 24,174 at Dignity Health Sports Park. “It was huge, it was important,” Hernandez said of the performance. The Galaxy, which improved to 7-3-5 all-time against LAFC, will host Sacramento in a quarterfinal next month. The end of the match was marred by a scuffle that broke out after the game, with players having to be separated.
On Tuesday, Galaxy defender Raheem Edwards, who played with LAFC last season, said he wanted to win and he wanted to anger the LAFC supporters’ group – the 3252. “I think this one was the most heated one,” Edwards said of the 15th meeting between the teams since LAFC debuted in 2018 but just the second in an elimination setting. In his second season, Cabral’s stat sheet doesn’t have the big number of goals and assists that many would expect from a Designated Player. In the 57th minute, Cabral played a role in another goal. “The response of our guys was not about LAFC,” Galaxy coach Greg Vanney. “Our guys, I challenged them after the last game, they challenged each other and themselves and they couldn’t play in the L. A 2-0 lead in this series is rarely a comfortable place to be, so the Galaxy took care of that as Dejan Joveljic capped the scoring in the 81st minute, getting a touch on a sliding pass from Raheem Edwards on the wing.
Ryan Hollingshead got LAFC on the board in the 85th minute. For LAFC, it was forced to make injury substitutions in the first half. First, Carlos Vela (left quadriceps) was replaced by Kwadwo Opoku in the 20th minute. “Today I think the Galaxy fought more, played a better game and deserved to win,” Vela said. “We must find a solution and obviously tonight is not the image we want to portray as a club, as a team but we will continue adjusting and find a solution to play better. The teams will meet again in an MLS match on July 8 at Banc of California Stadium.
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