San Francisco City FC has advanced to the second round of the US Open Cup for the first time in its history. After defeating CD Aguiluchos 4-0 at Raimondi Park, Oakland, the Iron and Gold will play Sacramento Republic at 5 pm on May 16 at CSU-Sacramento. SF City was backed by boisterous traveling support, with a large contingent of Northsiders crossing the Bay Bridge.
The victory avenged City’s 3-0 defeat by Aguiluchos at Beach Chalet in 2016, but the final score line was unfair to the home side. Both clubs had chances in a cagey first half, until City’s Aaron Lombardi put away a rebound off a penalty kick in the 44th minute. Matthew Hurlow’s wonder strike doubled City’s lead before the half. After the interval, City scored twice more, with Jordan Hughes chipping the keeper in the 80th minute and Armand Bagramyan adding another at the final whistle.
The Eagles came close to scoring a few times, but were stymied by excellent goalkeeping from Taylor Bailey (back in the line-up for the first time since being injured in a pre-season match against Stanford) and a confident City backline.
SF City Coach Paddy Coyne said: “The team worked well in the first half and caused some turnovers in dangerous areas that led to two goals. For the second half we set out with a different shape and the guys adapted well as we managed to score a couple more. Subs made a huge impact and I applaud the back four for absorbing a lot of pressure and keeping a clean sheet against a good attacking team with some very technical players. Onwards and upwards to Sacramento now!”