Open Cup Run Comes to an End for OCFC

by Art Eftekhari

Ocfc fall 3-0 to la galaxy in fourth round of u.s. open cup

Carson, CA – It was a full house at Dignity Health Sports Park on June 12 as numerous soccer fans came out in full effect to see a U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round matchup between LA Galaxy and Orange County FC.

OCFC supporters were eager to see which Galaxy players would feature in the starting lineup. 

But despite no Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Jonathan dos Santos on the dress list, this LA Galaxy team still featured well-known players like Chris Pontius, Perry Kitchen, and 16-year-old sensation Efrain Alvarez.

LA Galaxy quickly dominated possession and immediately created scoring opportunities. 

OCFC keeper David Preys was called into action when he saved a shot from Pontius in the 28th minute.

But to the surprise of the fans in attendance, the Galaxy was unable to score in the first half after seeing many shots go wide or over the bar, including a long strike from Joe Corona that came dangerously close to finding the far corner.

Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Boateng created problems for the OCFC backline but was off-target on more than one occasion in the first half. 

David Preys was kept busy throughout the night but one of the few scoring opportunities for OCFC came late in the first half to Dakota Collins.

Unfortunately for Collins, his shot went straight at Galaxy keeper David Bingham. 

With the match scoreless at the half, it appeared that the Galaxy fans were getting a little inpatient because everyone was well-aware that OCFC was capable of continuing the amazing run through the U.S. Open Cup.

But in the second half, LA Galaxy finally found the breakthrough when Efrain Alvarez scored a beautiful free kick that curved around the wall and beat Preys at the near post ten minutes into the second half.

Playing with the lead and plenty of confidence, the LA Galaxy kept up the pressure and six minutes later a defensive mistake led to a two-on-one situation as Argentinian forward Favio Alvarez got the ball to a wide-open Efrain Alvarez and the teenager put the ball into an empty net to make it 2-0.

Time was running out and OCFC threw everyone forward in search of a goal to give its supporters something to cheer about.

But the goal wouldn’t come and the Galaxy put on the finishing touches when Emil Cuello scored in stoppage time to give the MLS club a 3-0 victory.

Despite the loss and being eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup, the OCFC players held their heads high as they walked off the field. 

Orange County FC was amazing in only its second appearance in the U.S. Open Cup and made the social media headlines after victories over Orange County SC and Las Vegas Lights FC.

No matter what happens the rest of the way in this tournament, it is clear that soccer fans all over the country will not forget four important letters: OCFC.