Los Angeles Football Club may have fallen at the second-to-last hurdle in the 2018 U.S. Open Cup, getting knocked out in the semifinal round by the Houston Dynamo in a penalty shootout, but there’s a small amount of consolation, as LAFC forward Diego Rossi was voted U.S. Open Cup Player of the Round by media that covers the Open Cup, in a poll administered by TheCup.us, the top independent source of the USOC.
#USOC2018 Semifinals: Hat trick by Diego Rossi earns him https://t.co/gnkdW6Yf1h Player of the Round despite #LAFC not advancing— TheCup.us (@usopencup) August 14, 2018
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Rossi scored all three goals for LAFC in the 3-3 draw, and also scored his penalty in the shootout. The Uruguayan is the second player in team history to score a hat trick. According to TheCup.us, he’s also the first player to score a hat trick in the semifinal round in the MLS-era history of the U.S. Open Cup.
#USOC2018 stats: Diego Rossi of #LAFC is the first player in the Modern Era (1995-present) to score a hat trick after the Quarterfinals. Until tonight there has never been a hat trick in a Semifinal or a Final. pic.twitter.com/AgITYMwwPJ— TheCup.us (@usopencup) August 9, 2018
Also notable, Rossi is co-leading scorer of the tournament so far, with five goals, alongside David Ochoa of NPSL side Miami United FC. Houston Dynamo forward Mauro Manotas has four goals, so if he scores two in the final, he could pass Rossi and Ochoa, but there’s a decent chance Rossi could end the tournament joint top scorer when all’s said and done.
Congratulations to Diego for the honor. Too bad it isn’t coming with the U.S. Open Cup final approaching, but no one can fault the striker for his effort in scoring a hat trick to even give LAFC a shot in that semifinal match.
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