Dynamo: Make (Ceren), Make (Rodriguez), Make (Elis), Saved (Garcia), Make (Martinez), Make (Gil), Make (Wenger), Make (Senderos)
LAFC: Make (Beitashour), Make (Kovar), Make (Horta), Make (Vela), Saved (Ciman), Make (Harvey), Make (Rossi), Saved (Blessing)
It’s over. LAFC lose in the penalty shootout, sudden death. Heartbreaking.
End of Extra time: Dynamo 3, LAFC 3. We’re going to penalties!
Half time, extra time: Score is still tied 3-3. LAFC seem to be conserving energy and effectively playing for penalties, but they’re holding on so far.
95th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL ROSSI! HE COMPLETES HIS HAT TRICK WITH A LOOPING HEADER AND CAN YOU BELIEVE IT LAFC ARE GOING TO EXTRA TIME!
78th minute: GOOOOOOOAL LAFC! Rossi has his second goal of the night, and they’re not giving up. They need at least one more, though.
75th minute: Goal Dynamo. Memo Rodriguez beats Tyler Miller at the near post and Houston are up 3-1. LAFC’s dreams are dying in front of our eyes.
Halftime: Dynamo leading 2-1. 45 minutes (maybe more) for LAFC to turn it around.
25th minute: Dynamo goal. Mauro Manotas scores for the home side to put them ahead.
12th minute: Dynamo tie it up. Andrew Wenger gets the score for Houston.
6th minute: GOAL LAFC! Diego Rossi gets things started in the right way! The visitors up early.
LAFC go for a strong group, here, and we’re assuming this lineup is fully eligible.
Well, so much for Senderos being out for the Dynamo. He’s captain tonight!
Tonight's starting XI: Willis; Wenger, Machado, Senderos ©, Lundkvist; B. García, Martínez, Cerén; Elis, Manotas, Quioto— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) August 8, 2018
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Obviously, a semifinal of a cup competition is a big deal, and both teams are gunning for a spot in the final. It’s obviously LAFC’s first time in the competition, and the Dynamo have never reached the final. While anything can happen, based on general form, the team that emerges from this semifinal will likely be considered the favorite going into the final.
No players suspended for this match on either side (MLS suspensions don’t carry over to the U.S. Open Cup, so the Dynamo bloodbath on the weekend is irrelevant here), and on the injury front, not too many surprises. Adama Diomande is listed as questionable (guessing he won’t play), while the man who haunted LAFC in the teams’ last meeting, defender Philippe Senderos, looks to be out injured.
Also, Christian Ramirez can’t play for LAFC in this game, as he’s cup-tied in the Open Cup, having already played in the competition for Minnesota United this year.
How to watch Houston Dynamo vs. LAFC:
The match broadcast is scheduled start at 5:30 pm PT. Kickoff will come around that time. You can watch the game on USsoccer.com.
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