The LA Galaxy are on the ground in the Research Triangle.
LA will take on the Carolina RailHawks at 4:00 p.m. PT at Koka Booth Field in Cary, North Carolina in Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup fifth round match up. The Galaxy have been bounced from the competition for the last two years by the RailHawks, but LA are confident that this particular match will be a different story as stars Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane have all revealed that they will travel for the fixture.
If LA win, they'll host the winner of the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas match on either July 8 or July 9 at StubHub Center.
After two years of being hassled about poor showings in the Open Cup, the Galaxy insist that they're ready for a title challenge.
"This is the short way to get back to CONCACAF," said Marcelo Sarvas last week. " If we beat them than we are in the quarterfinal, so we want to go there and get a win."
In addition to the "rivalry" that the two teams have developed over the past two years, another interesting subplot is developing as the RailHawks announced via Twitter on Monday evening that former MLS goalkeeper William Hesmer will "un-retire" to suit up for the club against the Galaxy. Hesmer was selected by LA in the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft, but was not signed by the club.
— Hipólito Gamboa (@poligol21) June 23, 2014
If the LA Galaxy are going to get past the Carolina RailHawks, they’ll need to beat the NASL side in a different venue than past years.
The RailHawks will be unable to host the U.S. Open Cup fifth round match between the two clubs scheduled for June 26 at their home ground of WakeMed Soccer Park due to scheduled field resurfacing. With WakeMed unavailable, the match will be held at Koka Booth Stadium, which is known locally as Field 2, a practice pitch that is adjacent to main stadium. The surface will not be unfamiliar to the Galaxy as the club trained on the pitch during both of their previous trips to Carolina.
The timing of the resurfacing process made by both the RailHawks' and the Town of Cary,which manages and maintains the facilities at WakeMed Soccer Park. According to Indy Week reporter Neil Morris, the club weighed the option of hosting the match at nearby universities like Duke and North Carolina before ultimately settling on the Koka Booth Stadium.
"It'll be a very good field, I'm sure," said Arena during Friday's training session. "Our objective is to go there and play well. We have to worry about ourselves because if we play well then we'll be able to win."
To accommodate the demand that the Galaxy game will bring, the RailHawks are attempting to install temporary stands that should raise capacity to near 3,000 while also expanding press box facilities.
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Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane expecting to be available for U.S. Open Cup match against Carolina RailHawks
CARSON, Calif. – There’s going to be no reserve teams this time around for the LA Galaxy’s seemingly annual U.S. Open Cup trip to North Carolina.
This time, they’ll be bringing the big guns.
Following the team’s first training session after their 2-1 victory over Arizona United SC, both Galaxy forwards Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan told reporters that they believe they’ll be available for selection in Tuesday’s match against the Carolina RailHawks in the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup.
“We’re all expecting to play in this game. We’re sick of losing to Carolina and we’re sick of going out of the Open Cup early," said Donovan on Friday. "Also we don’t have any MLS games during this break so we need it for fitness. We’re excited for it and I’ve said to Bruce early on that I want to play as much as possible in this tournament; we’re hoping to get a result."
While Donovan hopes to be in the lineup from the outset, Keane may be utilized in a substitute’s role as the team’s Irish captain recently returned from Ireland where he served as the best man at a best friend’s wedding.
“I’ll have to speak to Bruce, but I imagine that we’ll take a full team. It’s a competition that we certainly need to win,” said Keane. “If I start though is another thing, it’s a question that I’ll have with Bruce.”
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Gyasi Zardes put the LA Galaxy through to the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup with two goals in their 2-1 victory over Arizona United SC.
With the victory, they will now play against at Carolina RailHawks at 4:00 p.m. PT on June 24 at the WakeMed Stadium Field 2.
Highlights of the victory are below.
If the LA Galaxy advance past Arizona United SC in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup, they'll be heading back to North Carolina.
The NASL's Carolina RailHawks defeated Chivas USA on Saturday after a dramatic penalty kick shootout that saw Carolina advance to the fifth round for the second consecutive year. Zack Schilawski and Ryan Finley traded goals in the first half, but the deadlock could not be reached as the match was decided in the penalties.
During the seven round shootout, Carolina goalkeeper Scott Goodwin made four saves to give Carolina the victory.
LA will look to take on Carolina by winning their U.S. Open Cup match in Arizona on Wednesday at Peoria Sports Complex. If LA win, they'll take on the RailHawks on June 24 at WakeMed Soccer Park.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will begin their U.S. Open Cup campaign in Arizona when they take on USL PRO side Arizona United SC on June 18 at Peoria Sports Complex.
Arizona defeated fellow USL PRO side Oklahoma City Energy FC 2-1 in Extra Time to seal the victory for the side from the Grand Canyon State. The match will be the Galaxy's first match in Arizona since their participation in the Guinness International Champions Cup in 2012.
Galaxy II crashed out of the tournament in the third round after a 3-1 penalty kick shoot out loss to PSA Elite following a scoreless draw after 120 minutes.
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CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy II will continue their quest for the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday when they host United States Adult Soccer Association club PSA Elite in a third round match.
PSA Elite reached the third round of the tournament after their second half opponent San Diego Flash was forced to forfeit after being unable to find a field to host their match. The USASA team also defeated local club Los Angeles Missioneros in the first round of the tournament.
PSA Elite are made up predominantly of college players from UCLA and UC Irvine, and include players like former U.S. international and Galaxy Academy player Nathan Smith as well as UCLA German midfielder Felix Vobejda.
If the Galaxy II can defeat PSA Elite, they’ll host Seattle Sounders FC in the fourth round. Meanwhile, the Galaxy first team will learn their opponent for the fourth round on Wednesday in the match between Arizona United SC and Oklahoma City Energy FC. If Arizona win, the Galaxy will travel to face Arizona, but if Energy FC win, the Galaxy will host Oklahoma City.
The LA Galaxy learned their fate in the 101st edition of the U.S. Open Cup as U.S. Soccer announced the dates and times for the upcoming fourth round of the tournament.
The Galaxy are already slated to play the winner of the matchup between Oklahoma City Energy FC and Arizona United, but LA learned that if OKC are victorious they will host their fourth round match on June 11 at 7:30 p.m. PT at StubHub Center. Should Arizona defeat the first year USL PRO side, the Galaxy will travel to Peoria Sports Complex on June 18 with the match taking place at 7:30 p.m. PT.
Meanwhile, LA Galaxy II also learned that if they can defeat USASA club PSA Elite then they will host Seattle Sounders FC on June 18 at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium. Los Dos take on PSA Elite next Wednesday in Carson.
The Galaxy will take on the winner of the match between Arizona United SC and Oklahoma City Energy SC at a date to be determined later. If Arizona win their May 28 home match against Oklahoma City, they'll host the Galaxy at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona, but if the Energy are victorious, the Galaxy will host.
Meanwhile, Galaxy II could be in line for a home match against Seattle Sounders FC if they defeat PSA Elite on May 28. Los Dos would host Seattle at the StubHub Center Track and Field stadium at a date to be determined later.
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The winner of Wednesday night's U.S. Open Cup second round match between LA Galaxy II and Cal FC now know who they'll be facing U.S. Adult Soccer Association club PSA Elite in the third round of the tournament.
PSA Elite were scheduled to take on the San Diego Flash of the National Premier Soccer League, but on Wednesday morning, Flash CEO Clent Alexander released a statement stating that his team were forced to forefit after being unable to find a field to hold the match. San Diego had attempted to hold the match in various fields across Southern California but failed attempts led them to forefit the match.
If the Galaxy II win on Wednesday, they'lI will host their third round opponent on May 28 at StubHub Center's Track and Field Stadium at 7:30 PM PT.