The Portland Timbers knocked the LA Galaxy out of the U.S. Open Cup through a first half Sebastian Blanco goal.
Schmid fielded a fairly strong starting lineup in this cup match, despite injuries and obligations to several key figures in the Galaxy roster.
After performing well in his two previous matches, Bradford Jamieson IV got his reward and started tonight. Normally a winger, Emmanuel Boateng started up top initially alongside Ola Kamara.
Blanco Sends Portland into Next Round of U.S. Open Cup
Tonight’s only goal came in the 30th minute of play. Blanco flicked the ball out wide to Andrés Flores, who sent it forward towards the penalty box. Fanendo Adi delicately passed it back with his heal for Blanco to run onto into space. The diminutive Argentine took a touch to get past Dave Romney before firing low and beating David Bingham.
Before the halftime break, the Galaxy squandered two chances to level this game. Kamara placed an attempt with his left foot on goal in the 39th minute, but it was hit to close to Jeff Attinella.
This was a night that Sigi Schmid and the LA Galaxy will like to forget. Two of the Galaxy’s most important squad members left the match with injuries.
Ola Kamara suddenly dropped to the ground in the 56th minute. What was worrisome about this injury, was the fact that it occurred without any contact. Kamara initially started to walk off on his own power, but requested help before being replaced by Ari Lassiter.
Then, nine minutes later, Emmanuel Boateng was taken off for precaution after he received treatment as well. Baggio Husidic trotted on to the pitch for the first time since the Galaxy took on Atlanta on April 21st.
Chris Pontius, who was playing his preferred wing role, had a header from close-range easily held by the Portland goalkeeper in the 73rd minute.
There was a chance late for the Galaxy to level the match. Perry Kitchen and Jamieson played excellent passes between each other before Ari Lassiter forced Attinella to make a good stop in the 89th minute.
After the match, reports stated that the injuries don’t appear to be too serious.
It appears that Kamara has a left calf strain, while Boateng was suffering from a cramp. With 15 days before the match against the San Jose Earthquakes, there will be hope that these two important pieces can recover in time.
A cramp forced Ema from the match, while Ola suffered a left calf strain.
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That game against the Earthquakes, will take place at Stanford Stadium on June 30th, with kickoff scheduled for 7:00 PM.
Portland, meanwhile, will await the winner of the Sacramento Republic – LAFC match. That match takes place on Wednesday, June 20th at Banc of California Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 PM.