The LA Galaxy moved to the fifth round of the US Open Cup with a 3-1 win over FC Golden State Force. Ariel Lassiter was the difference maker in this one. He not only had the match winning goal, but Lassiter scored the insurance goal too. Bradford Jamieson IV opened the scoring early in the match.
The US Open Cup lets younger players shine for MLS clubs. They did that tonight for the Galaxy on this occasion. In fact, multiple LA Galaxy II regulars got the nod on Wednesday night. These young G’s included Ethan Zubak, Julian Büscher, John Requejo, and Justin Vom Steeg. The youngsters showed well and will hopefully lead to more playing time with the first team in the near future.
Jamieson Opens the Scoring
There was one way traffic during the first half of the match. LA picked apart the USL PDL club fairly early in this one. Bradford Jamieson IV zigzagged his way through the FC Golden State Force in the 15th minute. Jamieson IV then picked out the bottom right corner and curled past the goalkeeper.
Emmanuel Boateng, one of the few first team regulars, nearly made it two-nil seven minutes later. He made a nice run to get onto a ball hit over the top. Then the young striker, Ethan Zubak, flashed an attempt across the frame of the goal. Zubak had another opportunity find the net, but this time, shot bent just wide after being played in behind.
Ariel Lassiter Puts on a Show
There was a finally a second goal in the 37th and it was an absolute stunner. Julian Buscher floated a ball towards the back post. Ariel Lassiter gauged it before volleying home his shot with precision.
FC Golden State Force cut the lead to one early into the second half. Pedro Fonseca took his chance very well, putting more pressure on the Galaxy to see this one out.
Ariel Lassiter put the match away once and for all as FCGS were gaining some momentum. Boateng found Lassiter with a simple touch. Lassiter took just a couple of touches before finding the bottom left corner.
Next US Open Cup Match Possibilities
There are three possible opponents for the Galaxy in the next round. They could either play LAFC, the Portland Timbers, or USL side Sacramento Republic. The draw for the next round will be tomorrow at 8:00 AM PST.