Southridge LL falls to Arizona in Western Regional softball opener

  • Arizona’s Gianna Baca, left, tags out Paola Pineda at 2nd throughout the Little Organization Western Regional Softball Tournament at Al Houghton Arena in San Bernardino, Calif.on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Arizona won 3-1 over Fontana. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG).

  • Fontana’s Tatiana Serrano movements to fans during the Little Organization Western Regional Softball Tournament at Al Houghton Arena in San Bernardino, Calif.on Saturday, July 21, 2018. They shed 1-3 versus Arizona. (Picture by Cindy Yamanaka, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG).

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  • Doves are launched during Little Organization Western Regional Softball Event opening events held at Al Houghton Arena in San Bernardino on Saturday, July 21, 2018.( Image by Cindy Yamanaka, The Sun/SCNG).

  • Arizona’s Alyssa Fockler swipes residence as Fontana’s Miranda Pozos cannot hang on to the sphere during the Little Organization Western Regional Softball Competition at Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif.on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Arizona beat Fontana 3-1. (Picture by Cindy Yamanaka, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG).

  • Arizona’s coach/manager Mike Wilson kisses little girl Danica throughout the Little Organization Western Regional Softball Competition at Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif.on Saturday, July 21, 2018. They won 3-1 over Fontana. (Image by Cindy Yamanaka, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG).

  • Arizona’s Cali Dental braces, right, commemorates their 3-1 success over Fontana in the Little League Western Regional Softball Event held at Al Houghton Arena in San Bernardino, Calif.on Saturday, July 21, 2018. (Picture by Cindy Yamanaka, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG).

  • Fontana, pictured, along with other teams from the west participate in the Little League Western Regional Softball Event opening up events at Al Houghton Arena in San Bernardino, on Saturday, July 21, 2018.( Picture by Cindy Yamanaka/The Sun/SCNG).

  • Fontana gamers collect around fanned bats for good luck during the Little Organization Western Regional Softball Tournament opening events at Al Houghton Arena in San Bernardino on Saturday, July 21, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Sun/SCNG).

  • Doves are released during Little Organization Western Regional Softball Tournament opening up events at Al Houghton Arena in San Bernardino on Saturday, July 21, 2018.( Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Sun/SCNG).

  • Arizona pitcher Gracie Schmitz’s footwear reads “trust on your own.” She goes to the Little League Western Regional Softball Event opening events Saturday, July 21, at Al Houghton Arena in San Bernardino. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Sun/SCNG).

  • Arizona’s Bella Giurlanda, 3rd from left, brings her Teddy bear to the Little Organization Western Regional Softball Tournament opening up ceremonies held at Al Houghton Arena in San Bernardino, Calif.on Saturday, July 21, 2018. This is the eighth year the regional tournament has actually been held in the Inland Realm. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Sun/SCNG).

  • Arizona pitcher Gracie Schmitz’s footwear read, “trust fund yourself.” She goes to the Little League Western Regional Softball Competition opening ceremonies held at Al Houghton Arena in San Bernardino, Calif.on Saturday, July 21, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG).

  • Doves are launched throughout Little Organization Western Regional Softball Tournament opening up events held at Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif. on Saturday, July 21, 2018.( Picture by Cindy Yamanaka, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG).

  • Doves are released during Little Organization Western Regional Softball Competition opening up events held at Al Houghton Arena in San Bernardino, Calif. on Saturday, July 21, 2018.( Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG).

  • Fontana players gather around fanned bats completely luck throughout the Little Organization Western Regional Softball Competition opening ceremonies held at Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif.on Saturday, July 21, 2018. (Picture by Cindy Yamanaka, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG).

  • Arizona’s Bella Giurlanda, third from left, brings her Teddy bear to the Little Organization Western Regional Softball Tournament opening events held at Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif.on Saturday, July 21, 2018. This is the eighth year the local tournament has been kept in Inland Realm. (Image by Cindy Yamanaka, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG).

  • Fontana, pictured, along with other teams from the west get involved in the Little League Western Regional Softball Tournament opening ceremonies held at Al Houghton Arena in San Bernardino, Calif.on Saturday, July 21, 2018.( Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG).

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SAN BERNARDINO– By the time Fontana’s Southridge Little League had their opponent found out it was far too late.
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The Southern California 11- and 12-year-old champs rallied for two hits as well as run in the 6th however were unable to do much a lot more in a 3-1 loss on Saturday night to Gracie Schmitz and also Arizona’s Flagstaff Little Organization on the first night of the Little League Western Regional Softball Tournament at Al Houghton Arena.

” We simply ran out of time,” Southridge Little League manager Carlos Serrano claimed. “The women fidgeted from the get-go and our hitting came late.”

Schmitz minimal Southern California to simply six hits to get the win for Arizona (1-0 total), which proceeds to play Nevada at 4 p.m. today at the 12-team double-elimination tournament.

” We preach ‘Flagstaff Softball is great sufficient,’ as well as I like appearing and also being the assailant,” Arizona supervisor Mark Wilson stated. “It’s a large phase and also it’s amazing.”

Southridge LL (0-1) drops into the consolation bracket and will certainly play the loser of the Northern California-Hawaii game at 7 p.m. Monday night.

” We’re going to come back solid, discuss the little things, as well as we’ll prepare,” Serrano claimed.

Early protective jitters resulted in Arizona racking up 2 runs in the top of the first inning as the left side of Southridge LL’s infield scuttled usable ground spheres.

Flagstaff LL included another run in the 3rd on an additional protective mistake from Southridge’s infield, and Schmitz handled the remainder, setting out four as well as making 3 putouts herself.

Southridge had a bases-loaded possibility in the fourth but Schmitz set out Karen Valencia on 3 pitches to finish the hazard.

” I pitched very well wherefore I can do, however if my defense wasn’t there it wouldn’t have coincided,” Schmitz said. “We played actually well as a team and also made a great deal of great plays which aided us.”

Southern California ultimately strung together a few hits in the 6th, with Miranda Pozos slicing a three-way under the glove of Arizona appropriate fielder Kody Watson to rack up Alondra Salas, but Pozos was left stranded as Schmitz retired Tatiana Serrano on a fly bent on finish the video game.

HAWAII 6, UTAH 5:

In 2014’s champions, Utah’s Cedar National LL, are back in San Bernardino yet were incapable to climb up back from an early opening in a narrow loss to Gold Coastline Little Organization in the event’s opening video game.

Starting pitcher Sunny Akau obtained the win as well as had 2 hits as well as 3 RBIs for Hawaii (1-0), which breakthroughs to play Northern California’s Martinez LL at noon today.

Mikaela Whitehair started out 8 yet enabled 6 runs– 4 made– on 6 hits in the loss as Utah (0-1) drops right into the alleviation bracket.

OREGON 23, WYOMING 0, 3 INN.:

Avery Krigbaum as well as Nessa Neveau both had three hits and also 4 RBI as Pendleton LL bewildered Gillette LL in the most unbalanced game in the eight-year background of the regional.

Lilliane Brooks started out seven in a rule-shortened no-hitter for Oregon (1-0), victors of 11 consecutive video games on the whole.

WASHINGTON 15, ALASKA 1, 5 INN.:

Emma Pascal had two hits– including a two-run double– and three RBIs as Kirkland LL (1-0) exploded for 13 runs in the 3rd inning to beat Juneau’s Gastineau Network LL.

Dodgers hold on for close victory over Brewers as Manny Machado debuts in blue

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy strikes an RBI double throughout the seventh inning of a baseball video game against the Milwaukee Makers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gouge).

  • L.a Dodgers’ Manny Machado hits a solitary during the 7th inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Laceration).

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  • Milwaukee Makers catcher Manny Pina tags out L.a Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal in your home during the seventh inning of a baseball video game Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. Grandal aimed to rack up from initially on a dual by Chase Utley. (AP Photo/Morry Gouge).

  • Milwaukee Makers catcher Manny Pina tags out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal at home during the 7th inning of a baseball video game Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. Grandal attempted to rack up from initially on a dual by Chase Utley. (AP Photo/Morry Gash).

  • Milwaukee Makers beginning pitcher Wade Miley stops throughout the 6th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Tear).

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado strikes a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Makers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Tear).

  • Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes obtains Milwaukee Makers’ Wade Miley in your home during the 5th inning of a baseball video game Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. Miley attempted to rack up from first on a double by Christian Yelich. (AP Photo/Morry Wound).

  • Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich hits an RBI double during the fifth inning of a baseball video game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Wound).

  • Milwaukee Makers’ Manny Pina hits a solitary throughout the 5th inning of a baseball video game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Wound).

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor scores in front of Milwaukee Makers beginning pitcher Wade Miley during the 3rd inning of a baseball video game Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. Crawford racked up on a passed sphere. (AP Photo/Morry Tear).

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy is struck by a pitch during the 3rd inning of a baseball video game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash).

  • L.a Dodgers starting bottle Rich Hillside throws throughout the very first inning of a baseball video game versus the Milwaukee Makers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Laceration).

  • L.a Dodgers’ Manny Machado is introduced during the initial inning of a baseball video game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Tear).

  • Milwaukee Makers starting pitcher Wade Miley tosses throughout the initial inning of a baseball video game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash).

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado strikes a solitary throughout the first inning of a baseball video game versus the Milwaukee Makers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash).

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado takes batting method before a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Wound).

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado takes batting method prior to a baseball game against the Milwaukee Makers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Tear).

  • The Dodgers’ Manny Machado hits a solitary during the initial inning of a baseball video game versus the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Tear).

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MILWAUKEE– Anybody with the strong style taste to walk the All-Star Video game red carpet putting on a double-breasted suit jacket with no tee shirt, simply a thick chain across his bare upper body, most definitely understands what he suches as.

” It was beyond wonderful,” Manny Machado claimed of placing on a Dodgers attire for the very first time. “That blue looks excellent on me.”

A minimum of for one evening, Machado can wear a. 667 batting standard as well as 1.467 OPS as accessories in his new attire. Machado was on base 4 times in his Dodgers launching, a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers Friday evening.
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” He looks truly good in the batter’s box as well as undoubtedly makes me resemble a better manager,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, just half joking.

Machado sent a ground sphere through the right side of the infield (with the Makers overshifted to the left side) for a single in his initial at-bat of the night then walked on four join in each of his following 2 trips. He singled with the center and also flew out in his last two at-bats.

Though he confessed he “intended to obtain a hit as soon as possible, obtain that over with,” Machado stated he had no nerves about making a good very first impact with the group that sent five gamers to the Baltimore Orioles for him.

” Not at all. Why would certainly I be? As soon as I step out there I’m playing baseball,” he stated. “I was thrilled. I was a lot more ecstatic compared to I was nervous.”

There were harsh areas however Roberts discharged Machado in both cases.

In the 3rd inning, Machado went to 3rd with Max Muncy at second when Matt Kemp jumped a round back to the mound. Machado damaged back to 3rd base. Muncy didn’t see him and also wound up increased off second to end a prospective rally.

” That was a contact play, obtained ta manage the pitcher,” Roberts claimed. “He got hung up, obtained back due to the fact that he really did not desire to be a dead out in your home. Right there, Muncy dropped his head. Got ta keep your direct with the runner before you. We discussed that. Unfortunately for us, let them off the hook that inning.”

2 innings later on, Machado headed to cover third base on a bunt protection play, leaving the center open when Makers pitcher Wade Miley didn’t bunt. Instead he poked a ground ball with that resulted in the Brewers’ only run Dodgers starter Rich Hill when Christian Yelich came via with a two-out dual.

” We chose the lead jogger there,” Roberts claimed. “Miley stuck his bat available, ground round with the infield. We executed and also it just found the outfield.”

Machado was in the center of the go-ahead rally in the seventh inning. With the score tied 1-1, pinch-hitter Yasmani Grandal led off with a solitary yet was thrown away in the house when he aimed to score on Chase Utley’s pinch-hit dual. Utley went to third on the play and also ran residence with the go-ahead run when Chris Taylor– displaced from shortstop by Machado’s arrival — — adhered to with his second hit of the game, an RBI single.

Taylor went to second on a single by Machado after that scored when Muncy lined a double right into the right-center area gap. Muncy also got to base 4 times Friday– on a solitary, that RBI double, walk as well as a struck by pitch.

Jesus Aguilar’s National League-leading 25th home run made it a one-run video game in the eighth inning. But Kike’ Hernandez struck a three-run crowning achievement in the top of the nine that offered the Dodgers a comfortable four-run lead.

” That was terrific in that circumstance,” claimed Dodgers better Kenley Jansen that enjoyed a four-day getaway when Roberts chose not to use him in the All-Star Video game. “I thought he was going to offer me one even more time off.”

Reconsider. The initial 2 Makers reached base versus Dylan Floro in the bottom of the 9th and Roberts placed an end to Jansen’s holiday.

Jansen retired the very first two batters he faced however quit a two-run triple to Christian Yelich prior to striking out Aguilar to finish the video game.

” Amazing,” Jansen claimed after safeguarding the first triumph in the Machado date. “He’s a good fit for LA. Our brand-new Mannywood. 2.0, I guess. … … We’re satisfied to have him right here.”

Peek inside the real ‘Brady Bunch’ house – on the market at nearly $1.9 million

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A Workshop City house that represented where “The Brady Lot’ lived on the hit TELEVISION sitcom is up for sale after virtually a half century.

The conventional, 2,477-square-foot house on almost a third of an acre was integrated in 1959. It has three rooms as well as 3 bathrooms, as well as is priced at $1.885 million.

For many individuals, the sight of the residence sets off fond memories of watching the fictional, mixed household take care of life’s difficulties in a simpler time from 1969 to 1974. At the very least one The golden state man, a longtime follower of the program, says he’s trying to raise loan to buy the house — and maintain it.

” It’s a slim chance,” acknowledged Jeff Cogliandro, a clinical imaging analyst and NASCAR handicapping writer for the Vegas Sports & & Details Network, in a telephone interview. “Yet it’s absolutely worth a shot.”

Cogliandro, 46, who lives in Elk Grove near Sacramento, was no laid-back “Brady Bunch” visitor. He was interested by the program as a child. He still catches reruns, he claimed. He even went to the house in 2014.

” I have to tell you, as you approach the home, for individuals who really love the program, it was like coming close to a temple,” he stated. “It was truly significant. As well as there was a consistent stream of people dropping by as well as taking images.”

The home is “reportedly the 2nd most photographed home in the United States after the White Residence,” the listing claims.

Though the residence’s exterior showed up at the beginning and also end of the program, the sticom’s interior shots were shot in a studio.

So exactly what does the within the legendary residence at 11222 Dilling St. look like?

It’s a time capsule.

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in order to help develop a late ’60s to early ’70s setting. One bed room is flooded in pink print – on the walls as well as a matching bed covering. The home boundaries the Los Angeles River. In the yard, the grass looks like a fine place for sack races.

” Whether inspired by the TELEVISION family or the genuine life bordering community, this house is an ideal postcard of American 70’s style as well as its unique culture,” the listing states. Greater than 20 hrs after it increased, Cogliandro’s

GoFundMe page wasn’t specifically raking in the dough.” I understand there’s bigger troubles worldwide,” he figured. As of 8:30 p.m., 2 people had actually contributed a consolidated total of$ 15. However love for your home appeared on the residence

‘s Yelp page.( Yes, there is one.)” Lastly reached see the Brady Lot house, as well as couldn’t aid yet feel classic … 4 celebrities!” wrote Jun L. of Pasadena.” For tourists and also Angelenos alike, it’s a should see website in L.A. because Brady Bunch is one of one of the most renowned television shows ever! “” This is a real home in a house so mind the area and be considerate as well as park where you could and do not block any kind of driveways or

roads,” created Craig Y. of Torrance.” For all you Brady Lot followers this is a wonderful thing to see.” Home records show the residence last offered in 1973, for$ 61,000. Ernie Carswell, Spencer Daley as well as Sarah Blanchard of Douglas Elliman of The golden state are the detailing agents. See a lot more Hot Homes right here

Del Mar opening day sees Restrainedvengence steal the show

On an afternoon when professional trainers Doug O’Neill and also Jerry Hollendorfer combined for 7 victories, a 3-year-old gelding called Restrainedvengence stole the show Wednesday at Del Mar.

. Not only did the child of Hold Me Back rally in the stretch to win Del Mar’s conventional opening-day feature, the $100,000 Oceanside Risks, he additionally gave his instructor his first stakes victory of 2018 and also proceeded to supply co-owner Bobby Grayson Jr. with a huge pick-me-up.
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Grayson, that’s been fighting cancer cells, lately got a tidy bill of health. The uplifting information continued in the Oceanside as Restrainedvengence scored his third triumph in eight begins and also increased his career profits to.$143.670.

“It’s extremely uplifting because my companion (Grayson) had 2 sort of cancer cells,” Brinkerhoff claimed. “He’s been taking radiation treatment all wintertime and also I think this steed saved his life. We understood this horse had some ability. This is the race we’ve been looking onward to all year as well as we obtained it.”

A crowd of 33,112, down a little bit from in 2015’s opening-day yield of 34,128, helped represent a total deal with of $16.1 million — — up 14 percent from opening up day last year.

Restrainedvengence’s links transformed methods for the Oceanside. Usually an equine that suches as to show early speed, the Kentucky-bred rallied from sixth after the initial half-mile to obtain up and also beat Afleet Climb by 3 quarters of a length. Pacesetting Calexman, who established fractions of 22.87, 47.22 and also 1:11.29, faded to end up 3rd, complied with by Desert Stone.Winning time for the one mile on Del Mar’s Jimmy Durante Grass Program was 1:35.37.

“It made all the difference worldwide,” Brinkerhoff said of the adjustment of method. “He’s been truly difficult to manage. He aims to escape at all times so we began working him with Arch Royal prince and bringing him from behind, obtaining him to clear up in and show up the lane.”

Restrainedvengence and jockey Evin Roman, left, outleg Afleet Climb (Kent Desormeaux), center, as well as Calexman (Geovanni Franco), right, to win the$100,000 Oceanside Stakes, Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar CA.(BENOIT IMAGE)Evin Roman rode Restrainedvengence for the initial

time.”Evin made all the difference in the world,”Brinkerhoff claimed.” He got him to work out wonderful, as well as just what a fantastic ride we obtained.” The victory was Roman’s first in a Del Mar stakes race given that he became a journeyman.”I’m lucky I obtained the chance to ride this horse, “he said.

“I value it. He was in a great area right. After that he ended up strong. He really felt efficient the finish, like he can run further. “Said Desormeaux:”Oh man,(Afleet Ascent)did every little thing however win. Ran wonderfully, ran right to my fingertips. Perfect. There was simply one that was a little much better today. “Restrainedvengence is such a handful that Brinkerhoff does not like

to allow any person else gallop the steed in the mornings. He jumps aboard the equine himself.”He’s a little tough to trot,”he told TVG.”He might leave you being in the track here or there. He’s always packed with himself so I trot him. I don’t such as anyone else to obtain on him.”Restrainedvengence went postward at 11-1 as well as returned$24.80 for every $2 win bet. Afleet Climb, ridden by Kent Desormeaux,

additionally went off at 11-1 and also, incorporated with the victor, returned$ 145.90 for a$ 1 exacta. O’Neill, who saddled 12 steeds on the 10-race card, won 4 on the afternoon — one shy of the record 5 victors

he saddled at Del Mar on July 29, 2015. He brushed up the very early day-to-day — double as well as won 4 of the first 5 races on the card. Hollendorfer won 3 races, including the seventh with appealing 2-year-old filly Brill, a$1 million yearling purchase that bobbled at the beginning yet rallied in the stretch to win by 1 1/4 lengths with Drayden Van Dyke aboard as the 3-5 fave. Winning time for the 5 furlongs was 57.86.

Timbers, LAFC ready to go back to work in U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals

A day after playing more than 90 minutes of scoreless sun-drenched soccer against the Los Angeles Football Club, the Portland Timbers messed around at Santa Monica beach.

“If you come to L.A. and you stay a couple of extra days between games and you’re so close to the beach I think it’s normal for the guys to spend time there,” said Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese, whose players wrestled in the surf on Monday ahead of their second match in just four days against LAFC at Banc of California Stadium.

Two of Major League Soccer’s best clubs vie for entry into the semifinals of the 105th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday.

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LAFC held serve in knockout games at home last month against Fresno FC and Sacramento Republic FC, both United Soccer League teams, while Portland shutout the San Jose Earthquakes and Galaxy to advance to the quarterfinals.

Unbeaten during 14 matches in all competitions, Portland again seeks to be the first team to defeat LAFC at home.

“I can’t worry about our unbeaten streak or that they are undefeated at home,” Savarese said. “For me it’s about winning and losing and stepping on the field and getting the job done.”

The Timbers already set themselves apart by becoming the only team to keep LAFC scoreless at the Banc, and after a 2-1 win over the Black & Gold at Providence Park, Portland appear to hold the upper hand following 180 minutes of soccer, making the midweek Open Cup showdown more intriguing than it might otherwise be.

Some people would argue that the Oregon coast is as striking as Southern California’s iconic beaches, yet like the winning soccer produced by LAFC and Portland they feature inherently different experiences.

As LAFC asks its talented group of attacking midfielders and forwards to build up play from the back and engineer attractive ideas into effective soccer, Portland opts to deflect, nullify and counter their way to success.

“Tactical-wise they are a very compact team and working hard together,” said LAFC center forward Adama Diomande, the MLS record-holding scorer who was held in check by the Timbers on Sunday. “It’s difficult to get into the middle part of the field. Hopefully we have more movement behind them and in front of them. I think we have a chance.”

Playing five defenders at the back should they feel the need has helped the Timbers neutralize the league’s top two scoring teams, Atlanta and LAFC.

“They’re not thinking 0-0,” LAFC head coach Bob Bradley said. “They’re still thinking by having numbers deep they’re taking away space. When teams drop a lot of numbers the idea is simply take away a lot of space, don’t allow dangerous attackers the room to do the things they want to do. But they’re still thinking in transition they’re dangerous, and that’s true.”

Depending on how the Open Cup match unfolds, LAFC and Portland could end up playing as many as 120 minutes — plus penalty kicks — to decide the winner.

“I think when it is a do-or-die type of game they are more entertaining,” LAFC forward Carlos Vela said. “There is more pressure. You give it your all because when you know that you have to win to continue competing for the title I think players are more focused. And hopefully we can continue advancing in this tournament because as I’ve said before the club wants to get off to a good first season and what better way than getting one step closer to winning a trophy.”

LAFC vs. PORTLAND TIMBERS

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.; Banc of California Stadium

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