The 16-year-old midfielder Efrain Alvarez netted his first two goals with LA’s first team Wednesday night as the Galaxy roared into the fifth round of the US Open Cup with a dominant victory over amateurs Orange County Football Club.
Orange County FC
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Including OCFC’s Second Round win over Orange County SC (no relation) two weeks ago, this is the first time any NPSL team has ever beaten two professional sides in a single Open Cup tournament and also the first time any team from the league has taken home the prize money for advancing the farthest from the Open Division.
In the inaugural “Is it soccer or football?” derby, OCFC take down OCSC in penalties to set up a 3rd round showdown against the Las Vegas Lights.
Orange County FC, who qualified for the 2019 edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup by finishing with one of the best records in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) in 2018, took advantage of every chance they had in Tuesday’s opening round match against FC Golden State Force.
Fresno FC fended off a pesky Orange County FC for a 2-0 (AET) victory in the Second Round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup at Lamonica Stadium.
Orange County, who are led by their head coach, US National Team legend Paul Caligiuri, shut out neighboring UPSL club Santa Ana Winds FC.