California United Strikers FC did not spend much time informing the Galaxy that Wednesday’s US Open Cup match would not be a walk in the park.
The National Independent Soccer Association’s third division club took the lead in the 20th minute of the round of 16 match at Great Park’s Championship Stadium in Irvine.
However, things finally started to change in favor of the Galaxy and thanks to Owen Lambe’s goal in the 80th minute and a second converted penalty from Dejan Joveljic, the MLS club held on for a 3-2 victory to advance to the round of 16.
Cal United did attempt a finish, but from an awkward position, sending the ball into the away fans.
The draw for the round of 16 is scheduled for Thursday at 5.30pm, and those matches will be played in approximately two weeks.
Lambe, who joined the first team with a short-term loan from the Galaxy II, scored the winning game after receiving a pass from Rayan Raveloson.
Minutes later, Kevin Cabral suffered a foul, giving the Galaxy a second penalty, which Joveljic stepped up and converted for what looked like a comfortable 3-1.
Garcia Lopez gave the NISA club some hope later, but that was as close as possible.
Things could have been easy for the Galaxy, but lately this has rarely been the case.
At the start of the first half, the Galaxy found no resistance, especially on the right side, but could not beat Cal United goalkeeper Jean Gamain Antoine.
Cal United opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Omar Nuno hit the defense with a perfect pass that Shinya Kadono hit and beat Galaxy goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann. Kadono was selected for the third round of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft by DC United.
Later, the locals almost grabbed the 2-0, but failed to transform into a header that was close to the goal.
The Galaxy finally rose to the board in the 45th minute when Joveljic made a penalty, which turned to send the game to the break tied at 1-1.
In the second half, the Galaxy seemed to camp in the middle of the field of attack but could not find the final pass to unlock the defense of the Strikers.
Galaxy coach Greg Vanney hinted on Tuesday that there would be a big rotation of the roster and that was what he did, making eight changes since Sunday’s MLS win over Austin FC. The trio of Douglas Costa, Raheem Edwards and Chicharito Hernández were not available. Meanwhile, Cal United started three teens.
The Galaxy picks up the MLS game Saturday at home against FC Dallas.
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