U.S. Open Cup Rewind: Union Omaha's run continues, Galaxy romp over LAFC
In other top Cup matches, New York City FC got the best of the New England Revolution in another knockout tie and the Galaxy earned a dominant win over LAFC, in which Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez broke his scoring drought. Sporting Kansas City will be next in line for Union Omaha. Union Omaha weathered an early Loons goal to win again on the road and advance to the quarterfinal. Omaha’s Joseph Brito finished with a volley at the back post, after a botched header from Michael Boxall. 🎬 A volley like THIS to put us on top???Put some respect on @josephbrito08's name immediately. Hugo Kametani leveled the match right before halftime for Omaha, to cancel out Hunou’s goal in the sixth minute. Omaha is the first USL League One team to advance to the quarterfinal, and it already was the first USL League One team to make the Round of 16.
Santiago Rodriguez scored to send NYCFC into the next round over the Revs, extending his team’s unbeaten run in all competitions to 10 games. The 22-year-old Uruguayan winger scored by sneaking past two defenders after receiving a pass in the 18-yard box from Heber. One! Two! Three! After 90 minutes of knocking, @NYCFC finds their goal. NYCFC maintained control of the game, with 15 shot attempts and seven shots on goal. NYCFC’s win sets up an all-New York matchup with the Red Bulls in the quarterfinal. Javier “Chicharito” scored his first goal in a month and a half, Kevin Cabral opened scoring and the LA Galaxy earned a dominant win over their crosstown rivals for the second time this season. Hernandez finished off a fast counterattack from the Galaxy in the 57th minute.
Grandsir assisted the Galaxy’s first goal, too, sending in an inch-perfect cross that Kevin Cabral had no trouble turning into the net. It was a nightmarish night for LAFC, because Carlos Vela left the match in the 20th minute with an injury to his left quad. The Quakes’ fortune in MLS is starting to turn around, but Sacramento Republic brought that trend to a screeching halt in Open Cup play. Luis Felipe scored with a header and an assist from Rodrigo Lopez in the 28th minute to seize control of the game. Quakes interim coach Alex Covelo made many changes to the starting lineup that earned a draw at home against Sporting KC this past Sunday. Sacramento will move on to face the LA Galaxy in the quarterfinal.
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