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LAFC can add to busy slate by beating Portland in U.S. Open Cup – Press Telegram

A win on Tuesday night would ensure May is the busiest stretch of the year for Los Angeles Football Club.

And with the way Major League Soccer points leaders have played so far, getting into as many games as they can right now is fine for them.

After working nine games on the sidelines from February to April, Steve Cherundolo can almost double his appearances as LAFC head coach just this month.

The LAFC faced East Conference leader Philadelphia on Saturday and scored a couple of goals in the second half to secure a point and maintain its unbeaten record at home following a 2-0 win over Minnesota on May 1st.

Wearing opponents is central to Cherundolo’s tactical thinking, and the team’s success, especially during the second half of the game, reflects the quality of the squad within reach.

Since the second league game, when the Portland Timbers conceded a goal to Mamadou Fall in the 93rd minute and left LA with a 1-1 draw in early March, this has been the trend.

“I think we’re going to find a team that definitely has more confidence than we played in the second game of the season,” Portland head coach Gio Savarese said before his eighth-final clash.

The move to the next phase of the oldest U.S. football tournament, not points, will be at stake as the Timbers visit Banc of California Stadium for the second time this year.

The third LAFC Open Cup tournament began on April 20, when it faced reigning USL champion Orange County SC 5-1.

Looking ahead to another half-week Open Cup match, Cherundolo said he is confident injured strikers Brian Rodriguez and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, as well as All-Star center-back Jesus Murillo will be picked up by his teammates.

If so, beating the Timbers would add one more game to the LAFC game list in May, which would guarantee him eight games in 28 days for the MLS points leader.

Otherwise, it will be seven games in 22 days for Portland if the result goes well, which in this competition has.

Each club has a win in previous Open Cup matches, both quarterfinal matches in LA

The LAFC remained high in 2018, advancing by a score of 3-2. The following year, Portland closed out a dominant LAFC group, 1-0. Both clubs dropped out of the semifinals round.

Portland’s 35th Open Cup appearance begins as Oregon joins seven other MLS teams entering the current round of games.

Playing in a 1-1 draw against New York Red Bull on Saturday, Portland traveled across the country during a brief hiatus, which led to Savarese announcing that he hopes to change several linebackers.

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