In a tightly contested, win or go home First Round matchup of the 2018 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, it was FC Tucson who prevailed over La Maquina FC 2-1 on a 55th minute go-ahead goal from midfielder Alejandro Gonzalez.
La Maquina of Southern California have slowly become less of an underdog, and more of a team filled with experience and expectations when it comes to the US Open Cup.
The beauty of the day would soon prove to be prophetic for La Maquina, but agonizingly taunting for Chula Vista FC, as the former rolled through the latter with ease in the final 2018 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup qualifying match, 4-1.
The Fuego pervailed with a 4-1 victory, denying La Maquina a chance to recreate the magic of last year’s run to the Fourth Round.
La Maquina, an amateur team from Santa Ana, took the Los Angeles Galaxy to extra time last year. ” went toe-to-toe with the Galaxy. If you can do that, you can go toe-to-toe with anyone.’”
Edwin Borboa picked up where he left off with the opening goal as La Maquina earned their second straight clean sheet in the 2017 qualifying tournament.
“I think any opposing team in this scenario would be livid and that’s an understatement.”
The Galaxy played more than 100 minutes with 10 men as Rafael Garcia received a straight red card in the 17th minute.
Former Chivas de Guadalajara forward Edwin Borboa scored twice as La Maquina (UPSL) continues its run in the US Open Cup with a 2-0 victory over fellow UPSL team LA Wolves FC.
The talented Southern California club is rebounding after getting suspended for an entire season by the UPSL.