La Maquina (Calif., Open Division) 2, Sacramento Gold (NPSL) 0
La Maquina welcomed NPSL club Sacramento Gold to Orange County Wednesday night and sent their state rivals back up I-5 after a decisive 2-0 win for the hosts. La Maquina finally converted their constant pressure into goals late in the second half at Boswell Field at Westminster High School, tallying in the 70th and 79th minutes. José Castro Pérez had the second goal for the home side and wowed the crowd with his elegant play from midfield throughout the game. La Maquina advance to the third round to meet L.A. Wolves FC in another matchup of Southern California clubs.
Sacramento Gold (NPSL) at La Maquina (Calif., Open Division)
Time/Location: 6 p.m. PT; Lake Forest Sports Complex; Lake Forest, Calif.
Sacramento Gold Previous Appearances (Best Finish): First appearance (2016: Second Round)
La Maquina Previous Appearances (Best Finish): First appearance (2016: Second Round)
- Sacramento Gold advanced to the second round via a quick brace from Manolo Pina in the the team’s 3-1 victory against Burlingame Dragons on May 11.
- Sacramento Gold qualified via an At-Large berth, following their 7-3-2 record in NPSL play last season.
- La Maquina made its way to the second round thanks to goals from Alejandro Velasquez and Edwin Barboa in the side’s 2-0 win at Portland Timbers U-23s on May 11.
- La Maquina advanced to the U.S. Open Cup after defeating Strikers FC South Coast 3-2 on October 24 and Chula Vista FC on November 21.