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Can favored LAFC keep their Cup run going?

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Full time: LAFC 3, Sacramento Republic 2. What a game. LAFC pull the cardiac kids routine again, but a win is a win, and now LAFC are in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals! Check out the full recap here.


89th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL! Did they do it? Latif Blessing scores off Rossi’s feed. Is this enough?


85th minute: Off the post again! Rossi’s shot bounces along the goal line but somehow stays out. Incredible.


67th minute: GOOOOOOOOL! LAFC scores, as Nguyen sets up Diego Rossi. Game on!


65th minute: Off the post! Rossi’s cross/shot clangs off the bottom of the post, just out of reach of Latif Blessing


60th minute: Villjan Bijev scores for Sacramento to put LAFC down almost as soon as they equalized. More work to be done for the hosts if they want to stay in this.


58th minute: GOAL LAFC! Feilhaber cuts in inside in the box and ties it up! Here we go!


45th minute: LAFC earn a penalty! But Feilhaber has about as tame a shot from the spot as you can have, and Cohen saves the attempt easily. Very disappointing for LAFC.


35th minute: Goal Sacramento. LAFC again allow SRFC free passage downfield on a counterattack, and after Matjasic’s shot was saved by Miller, the rebound bounced right in front of goal and Elliott Hord opened the scoring for the visitors. Disappointing considering LAFC have otherwise been in control.


32nd minute: Save! Sacramento GK Josh Cohen goes to a full stretch to block Benny Feilhaber’s free kick from just outside the box. LAFC putting Republic FC under plenty of pressure in the opening half.


24th minute: Off the post! Sacramento forward Cameron Iwasa’s shot clangs off the base of the post, after LAFC are remarkably casual on a counterattack. Close call.


7th minute: Off the crossbar! Lee Nguyen’s shot is so close to putting LAFC ahead, but off the woodwork.


Lineups:

LAFC start Aaron Kovar, and Adama Diomande is not available at all, so his hamstring ailment is serious enough to keep him out.

Sacramento start pretty much a full-strength side, as you would expect. They also have some pretty good subs on their bench.


Los Angeles Football Club won their first-ever U.S. Open Cup game earlier this month, against USL side Fresno FC, and once again they’ll be the favorites against USL opposition, as they host Sacramento Republic FC on Wednesday night.

LAFC are in a tricky position. While they are facing an “easier” draw against lower-league opposition, they are subsequently firm favorites and losing to Sacramento will be an upset. Sacramento have already beaten MLS opposition this tournament, as they knocked off Seattle Sounders in the last round.

Given LAFC have been on a break for 10 days, expect a pretty strong group to play for Bob Bradley, to help increase chances of advancement. Don’t be surprised to see a few reserves play, but take Sacramento Republic lightly at your peril.

On the injury front, Luis Lopez remains out, and of concern, Adama Diomande is listed as questionable with a hamstring issue.

How to Watch LAFC vs. Sacramento Republic FC:

The match broadcast is scheduled start at 7:30 pm PT. Kickoff will come around that time, probably a few minutes later. You can watch the game on USsoccer.com.

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