LA Galaxy's reserve team debuts with a victory in the US Open Cup

Ventura County FC's Aaron Bibout.
Ventura County FC's Aaron Bibout. / Katharine Lotze/GettyImages

Ventura County FC, formerly known as LA Galaxy II, clinched a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Irvine Zeta II FC in the opening round of the U.S. Open Cup.

The match showcased the talent of several teenagers representing VCFC, prompting questions about how this predominantly youthful squad would fare in a tournament setting.

Despite facing a resilient Irvine Zeta II side, VCFC emerged victorious, with goals from Tucker Lepley and Sean Karani in the first half securing the win. Coach Matt Taylor, reflecting on the match, expressed satisfaction with his team's performance, noting their ability to create scoring opportunities while maintaining defensive solidity.

Taylor emphasized the importance of taking away positives from the game, highlighting the team's resilience and adaptability. Despite missed opportunities, particularly in the second half, VCFC's ability to secure the win and advance to the second round of the tournament is a testament to their potential.

LA Galaxy's reserve team debuts with a victory in the US Open Cup

Irvine Zeta II opened the scoring early with a penalty kick converted by Daniel Baumgartner in the eighth minute. However, VCFC responded swiftly, with Tucker Lepley's corner kick resulting in an own goal by an Irvine Zeta defender in the 11th minute. Sean Karani then put VCFC ahead with a goal in first-half stoppage time, securing the victory.

Looking ahead, Taylor acknowledged the challenges that lie ahead in the tournament, particularly as VCFC faces new opponents in subsequent rounds. However, he expressed confidence in the team's ability to continue their progress and capitalize on their strengths.


The match also highlighted the contributions of key players such as Tucker Lepley and Sean Karani, who played pivotal roles in guiding VCFC's attack. With a blend of youth and experience, VCFC looks poised to build on its early success and make its mark in the U.S. Open Cup.