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L.A. Wolves FC Knocked Out of 2018 U.S. Open Cup in 3-1 Loss to FCGS Force

Unlucky Not To Score In The First Half, Wolves FC Is Out In First Round
Published May 9, 2018

By DANTE LOPEZ-BENNETT
Contributing Writer

WHITTIER (Calif.) - L.A. Wolves FC were defeated, 3-1, at Rio Hondo College in the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup First Round on Wednesday night.

Partaking in its third consecutive appearance in the U.S. Open Cup, Wolves FC had hoped to finally earn itself a shot at an MLS team this year but to no avail.

Marcelo Manfredini, off an assist by Alex Carrera-Garcia, scored against the Wolves in just the 16th minute of the match in what was the first indication that this would prove to be a long night for the visiting team.

Offensively on the Wolves’ end, German Alfaro’s early attempts on goal were the highlight but possession was split evenly in the beginning half of the match as strikers from both sides made an effort to stretch out on top as much as possible.

Ramping up their efforts in the second half and doubling down on possession, FC Golden State’s Bradley Sweeney, Leonardo Noguiera, and Dominic Oduro formed a formidable midfield trifecta that was able to make plays that picked apart the Wolves defense.

In the 56th minute came Force’s Allisson Faramillio’s unassisted volley into the goal. Not much later in the 69th minute, Amilcar Lopez Ruiz beat Wolves keeper Cesar Ortega to tip the ball into the back of the net and secure a 3-0 lead.

Not content to simply go down without a fight, Wolves FC substitute Jose Gomez headed a corner kick that found the back of net in the 84th minute.

Acknowledging the result, L.A. Wolves FC Head Coach Felipe Bernal said, “We needed to connect a little bit more and definitely execute in our places and on our opportunities we created offensively. I think not doing that changed the tone of the game.”

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