Where: Banc of California stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.
When: Wednesday, July 18th, 7:30pm PT
How to Watch: USsoccer.com
Fresh off their 0-0 draw a few days ago, Los Angeles Football Club and the Portland Timbers will square off again on Wednesday night. This time, it’s a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal game, so there will be no splitting the points here, it’s either win or go home.
That game will surely be fresh in both teams’ minds, and they will be looking for ways to break each other down, which they were unable to do on Sunday.
In their last U.S. Open Cup game, LAFC had a thrilling 3-2 over the Sacramento Republic, with Latif Blessing scoring a late winner.
With their Open Cup victories as well as the league games, LAFC are still undefeated at home, and look to continue that streak.
In their last Open Cup game, Portland defeated the LA Galaxy 1-0, and now they seek to knock off the other LA team. If Portland wins, this will equal their longest Open Cup run since they joined MLS.
Both teams will probably send out strong lineups despite the short turnarounds, as each team has indicated they want to really go for the victory.
LAFC will hope to convert on some of the set pieces they get this time. On Sunday, they had 11 corners compared to two for Portland, but they were unable to convert any of them.
Beyond that, LAFC seeks to breakdown a stingy Portland defense, one they have only been able to score on once in two games so far this season.
Diego Chara in particular seems to be the glue that holds everything together for Portland. If LAFC can find a way through or around him, they have the talent to make something happen.
On the other hand, LAFC mostly contained Portland, but Portland got some chances on the counter.
Thankfully, Tyler Miller was equal to the task, but LAFC needs to be alert for counters and dangerous runs by the Portland attackers.
Prediction: LAFC 2, Portland Timbers 1 in AET. This game will be tight as well, it will go into extra time in fact, but somehow LAFC will find away to win and advance to the next round of the U.S. Open Cup.
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