Even though Orlando City SC clearly looked like David against the Goliath of Los Angeles FC, the Florida club sold their skin dearly and ended up winning 5-4 on penalties. following a tie of 1 to 1 at the end of the 90 minutes of play.
LAFC was heading towards a very narrow victory when Joao Moutinho took advantage of a corner kick to register only his second career goal and against his former team in addition to send both teams to the penalty shootout.
The match was presented on TVASports 2.
Orlando took the lead when Jordan Harvey of LAFC hit the crossbar on the Californians’ second shot. Orlando was perfect scoring on each of his five attempts, including Nani who recovered well on his own last shot to secure the victory.
Orlando will face the winner of the duel between Minnesota and San Jose which will be played on Saturday night.
The victory may have been costly for the Lions as young forward Chris Mueller injured his left shoulder in the first half. He stayed on the pitch, but left the game in the second half and had his arm slung.
A pivotal moment in the game came three minutes before the hour mark when Diego Palacios mowed down Ruan in the Los Angeles area, which resulted in a penalty shot for Orlando.
Nani, however, missed his shot and Kenneth Vermeer blocked easily by diving to his right. This is why it was mentioned that he had recovered during the penalty shoot-out.
This failure turned the tide in LAFC’s favor and on the hour mark, a counterattack ended on the fourth goal of the Bradley-Wright Phillips tournament.
Not bad for the Englishman who found himself in Carlos Vela’s seat when he decided to skip the tournament.
Meanwhile, Minnesota United FC are having a great tournament so far and have yet to lose this season and yet the bookmakers are favoring the San Jose Earthquakes in their quarter-final set to be played on Saturday night.
At ease as neglected
The Loons are coping very well with the underdog role and head coach Adrian Heath even laughed at the situation.
“Probably based on the current form, they are the favorites,” he said during a video conference. Bookkeepers aren’t often wrong, do they? “
“Against San Jose the first goal will be very important because of the way they play. Once they start to build up momentum they’re very hard to stop, they put extreme pressure on you and if you fall behind by a goal you start making decisions that you wouldn’t normally make. “
Martinez finished for the season
Atlanta United FC put forward Josef Martinez’s name on the injured list until the end of the season on Friday. Atlanta thus obtained a little leeway on the financial plan, which made it possible to contract Erick “Cubo” Torres.
Martinez, who is only 27, enjoyed the most productive three-season streak in MLS history scoring 77 goals in 83 games. He set a new record with 31 goals in one season in 2018, but his mark was beaten by Carlos Vela, who scored 34 last year.
Martinez tore an anterior cruciate ligament in the first game of the season.
Atlanta hires Torres
With Josef Martinez not playing again this year, Atlanta United FC have acquired striker Erick “Cubo” Torres, who was out of contract after spending the last two seasons in Liga MX.
The 27-year-old Torres spent several seasons in MLS, playing for Chivas USA and the Houston Dynamo. He scored 36 goals in 93 games in his five seasons on the Garber Tour.
The hiring of Torres by Atlanta made a bit of sense since Torres was Carlos Bocanegra’s teammate with Chivas and the latter is now the technical director of Atlanta.
Atlanta had no choice but to replace Martinez since the attack is anemic without him.
Vermes takes all the blame
Kansas City Sporting coach Peter Vermes took all the blame for his side losing 3-1 to the Philadelphia Union in the quarterfinal on Thursday night.
“The team was not ready and it’s my fault. All I can say is that it has happened very rarely, since I have been at the helm of this team, that it has appeared on the field not ready. ”
“It’s like the guys don’t want to win, especially in a knockout game, and yet we have played a lot of USA Cup games. The way we played in the first half was awkward. ”
Rumors for Aaronson
Young Philadelphia Union Brenden Aaronson is starting to turn heads and that’s all it takes for rumors of a possible move to Europe to begin to circulate.
The 19-year-old, trained by the Union Academy, is having a good tournament and just served a magnificent pass on Pedro Santos’ second goal on Thursday night.
Many European clubs are said to be interested in him, including Hoffenheim, SC Freiburg, Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Monchengladbach, all from the German Bundesliga. There is also talk of Scottish club Celtic and a Belgian club which has not been identified.
Orlando 1– LAFC 1 | On a corner kick, Joao Moutinho revived hope at the very end of the match for Orlando.
Moutinho! Moutinho! Moutinho! –
Orlando 0 – LAFC 1 | Bradley Wright-Phillips capitalizes on the hour mark on a good effort from Diego Rossi a few minutes after Orlando missed a penalty shot …
Bradley Wright-Phillips hurts Orlando City –