Where: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, California
When: Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 pm PT
How to Watch: ESPN+
Los Angeles Football Club will look to advance to the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup as they host the Portland Timbers in the quarterfinal round for the second consecutive year. LAFC are coming off their biggest-ever victory, a 6-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, and advanced to the quarters with a 3-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes in mid-June. The Black-and-Gold have also scored 11 goals in the past two matches, and are winners of six of their last seven.
The Timbers, meanwhile, are coming off a 1-0 win over NYCFC on Sunday, and advanced to this match with a 4-0 thumping of the LA Galaxy. Portland have won five of their last six, the only other result being a 2-1 loss to Montreal where most of their stars were rested.
Staying at The Banc will be good news for LAFC, who have not lost at home this season, with nine wins and a draw. On the other hand, Portland have six wins and seven losses on the road this season in all competitions, along with two draws.
The two sides also have plenty of history between them going back to last season. Coming into 2019, Portland was one of the only sides LAFC had not beaten in MLS play, as the Timbers beat LAFC once and drew them once in 2018. LAFC did, however, beat Portland at The Banc in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup, last year, in a match that kicked off tons of controversy: a racial slur, a strange statement from the team of the offender (the Timbers), a controversy about a supposedly ineligible player, a movement filed to disqualify LAFC from the tournament, and five goals. This season, LAFC has beaten Portland twice: once in the second week of the season, and once to spoil the grand re-opening of Providence Park.
Prediction: LAFC 3, Portland 1. It is hard to see LAFC losing at home, especially with the tear they have been on in all competitions this year. Portland is a side that has recovered from their abysmal start to the season, and is also one that always brings the physicality against LAFC. This will not be an easy match, especially since it is a knockout game, but I think LAFC will come out on top and advance to their second straight semifinals.
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