The LA Galaxy finish with 10 men but are able to defeat La Maquina 4-1 in extra time as they advance past the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
The LA Galaxy were able to get past a tough LA Maquina side in a fourth round draw of the U.S. Open Cup. The Galaxy were tested throughout the match and even though they didn’t have their star players, they were heavily favored. The final scoreline does not reflect how close the game really was.
The Galaxy played most of the match with only 10 men and that led them to need extra time in order to defeat the amateur club in La Maquina. The team seemed to come alive in extra time after scoring a controversial goal. The flood gates opened after that as Sebastian Lletget came on as a substitute and scored a brace.
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The Galaxy were able to get off to a fast start as Raul Mendiola’s cross found Jose Villarreal who was able to chest home a goal in the 15th minute to give LA a 1-0 lead. Two minutes later, Rafael Garcia of the Galaxy committed a reckless challenge that saw him get a straight red card. LA was down to 10 men for the rest of the match. La Maquina was able to tie things up at 1-1 in the 28th minute.
There was not much action of note in the second half as neither side was able to find a goal. The Galaxy were dominating possession even though they only had 10 men but La Maquina were finding chances on the counter and when they would get a chance to posses the ball. This game needed extra time to find a winner.
Extra time was filled with plenty of excitement and controversy as the Galaxy were able to net home three goals. The first goal came when Jose Villarreal was fouled just outside of the box and while he was down trying to get rid of some leg cramps, Los Angeles played the ball on a quick free kick and scored an easy one. The La Maquina players were understandably upset at the ref for the play.
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Substitute, Sebastian Lletget, was able to score a brace after the Galaxy went up 2-1. He came on in the 73rd minute but made his impact in extra time. He was able to put the game away when he scored a penalty then eventually a goal in open play just before the end of the match. LA would end up winning 4-1 after a tough fight from La Maquina.
No matter how you put this one, the LA Galaxy showed a lot of fight and came out with the win. They may have fielded their B team in this one but they were able to grit and grind out a victory in extra time. The team will next play in the round of 16 of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on June 29th.