US Open Cup: LA Galaxy emerge victorious from ‘El Trafico’ with 2-0 win over LAFC
That’s how you silence your rival! LA Galaxy’s Tyler Boyd and Riqui Puig score two sensational goals to seal surprise 2-0 win over LAFC in El Trafico and reach the US Open Cup quarterfinals
- Ex-Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig made amends for a first-half penalty miss
- The Galaxy will either face the Colorado Rapids or Real Salt Lake in the quarters
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The Los Angeles Galaxy have come out victorious in the first ‘El Trafico’ of the year after defeating arch rival LAFC 2-0 in the Round of 16 of the US Open Cup.
Two second-half goals in quick succession from New-Zealand born US forward Tyler Boyd and Spanish midfielder Riqui Puig sealed a surprise and much-needed victory for the Galaxy as the team forgot about its current MLS standings for a night.
Decorated as one of the most successful North American clubs with a record five MLS Cups and four additional appearances in the final, the Galaxy’s currently stuck as the last seed of the Western Conference with two wins, three draws and eight losses in 13 matches played this season.
Signed in the summer from Barcelona, Puig made amends for a first-half penalty kick, saved by LAFC goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic, with a remarkable solo effort through the LAFC defense that doubled the Galaxy’s lead in the 52nd minute.
That came only three minutes (49′) after second-half substitute Tyler Boyd broke the stalemate with a stunning left-footed blast after cutting into the box from the right side of the pitch.
US forward Tyler Boyd broke the stalemate with a stunning left-footed blast in the 49th minute
The Galaxy will now go on to either face the Colorado Rapids, to who they lost 3-1 during a regular season fixture earlier in May, or Real Salt Lake, who they’ll face later on in an MLS Game this month on May 31.
On the other hand, LAFC will now fully focus on its league standings.
The club is top of the Western Conference, having won seven, drawn four, and lost one in 12 matches played.
Boyd celebrates with forward Javier Hernandez as the Galaxy took the lead in the LA derby
Galaxy midfielder Riqui Puig added a second goal, only three minutes after Boyd’s strike
LAFC also currently lead in terms of the number of goals against (10).
Both LA teams will meet again in a regular-season fixture, the first ‘El Trafico’ of the new MLS season, on July 4 – America’s Independence Day.
Originally scheduled to be played in February, the match had been postponed after bad weather and forecast thunderstorms in the Los Angeles area prompted safety concerns.
The derby match was supposed to serve as the season opener for both clubs.
It was expected to draw an MLS-record 75,000 fans to the Rose Bowl.