LAFC advances to U.S. Open Cup Semifinals

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Los Angeles -- Heading into this match up two things were certain. First, a long unbeaten streak at home for LAFC of 11 games or 14 consecutive bouts for the Portland Timbers would end. Second, the winner from this meet would advance to the semi-final match of the U.S. Open Cup next month. Before the clock struck twelve on Wednesday, LAFC prevailed 3-2 in an exciting, tough and contested clash of MLS west coast heavy weights.  

Before a record attendance of 17,589 for a quarterfinal round, in the 33rd minute Marco Ureña, opened up the scoring, with an assist from Carlos Vela!  However, it went off the head of Timber's defender David Guzman, headed it into the back of his own net for LAFC’s first goal of the night.  This was Ureña's first goal as an LAFC member.  

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Just five minutes later Vela doubled the lead at 2-0 as he took a rebound, dribbled to the from the right side of the box to the center on the box and executed a perfect, curled ball into the rear side of the Timbers net.  This was Vela's first goal since being back from the World Cup in Russia.  Portland added one goal in stoppage time before the 1st half ended.  Ureña added a goal early in the 2nd half to make the score 3-1.  Portland added a score in the 62nd minute, but it was not enough.  As this game this game went back and forth, LAFC held its own and did not relinquish  another goal.  LAFC earned its 12th consecutive victory at home.  In the process, LAFC snapped the Timbers 14 game unbeaten streak and advanced to the U.S. Open Cup next month.