Galaxy pre­pare for Sacra­mento

The MLS team is host­ing a U.S. Open Cup match against USL out­fit.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Mike DiGio­vanna mike.digio­vanna@la­times.com Twit­ter: @MikeDiGio­vanna

The Galaxy will look to re­bound from their first loss in more than a month when they host Sacra­mento Repub­lic FC of the United Soc­cer League on Wed­nes­day night in the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup. Kickoff at the StubHub Cen­ter Track and Field Sta­dium is at 7:30 p.m.

The Galaxy (6-6-4 in Ma­jor League Soc­cer play) had their eight-game un­beaten streak end in Satur­day night’s 2-1 loss to Sport­ing Kansas City; it was the Galaxy’s first de­feat since a 3-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders on April 23.

The Galaxy will re­turn to MLS ac­tion Satur­day night when they play the San Jose Earth­quakes at Stan­ford Sta­dium.

The an­nual U.S. Open Cup, which dates to 1914, is open to all am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional teams af­fil­i­ated with U.S. Soc­cer. MLS teams do not en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion un­til the fourth round. The Galaxy de­feated the Or­ange County Soc­cer Club 3-1 on June 14 to ad­vance.

This is the first com­pet­i­tive meet­ing be­tween the Galaxy and Sacra­mento Repub­lic, which is 7-6-3 in the USL and one of the lead­ing can­di­dates to join MLS in the league’s next ex­pan­sion.

The win­ner will ad­vance to the U.S. Open Cup quar­ter­fi­nals on July 11.

The semi­fi­nals are sched­uled for Aug. 9, and the fi­nal will be held Sept. 20.

The Galaxy, 30-16-1 in U.S. Open Cup play since 1999, won the tour­na­ment in 2001 and 2005 and lost to FC Dal­las in a 2016 semi­fi­nal.

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