Rossi, Blessing help LAFC beat Revolution

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Diego Rossi and Latif Blessing scored, Jordan Harvey had two assists and Los Angeles FC beat New England 2-0 on Saturday night to snap the Revolution’s 11-game unbeaten streak.

MLS-leading LAFC (16-3-4) has won five of its last six games.

Harvey’s long arcing pass led Rossi to the corner of the area where he chipped a soft floater over the head of goalkeeper Matt Turner into the side net in the eighth minute.

Harvey first-timed a low cross to Blessing, who patiently cut back to evade a defender before beating Turner from the top of the 6-yard box to cap the scoring in the 72nd.

Tyler Miller had one save in his seventh shutout of the season for LAFC, which outshot the Revolution 22-10.

New England (9-9-6) had won three in a row.

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2 hospitalized, 2 in custody after fight at OC Fair

COSTA MESA — Two victims suffered cuts to their arms in an altercation Wednesday night at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa and two men were taken into custody.

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Orange County sheriff’s deputies responded to a fight in the main mall area of the fair about 9:40 p.m. and located the two victims, according to fair spokeswoman Terry Moore.

The victims were taken to a hospital in unknown condition, Moore said.

Two men were taken into custody by deputies around 11 p.m., NBC4 reported.

No weapons were recovered, Moore said.

The Sheriff’s Department investigated the incident.

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Gervonta Davis stops Nunez in 2nd to retain WBA title

  • Referee Harvey Dock, center, jumps between Gervonta Davis, left, and Ricardo Nunez to end their super featherweight boxing championship bout in favor of Davis in the second round, Saturday, July 27, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Floyd Mayweather, left, talks to Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, center, and his wife, Renee Bisciotti, prior to a super featherweight boxing championship bout between Ricardo Nunez and Gervonta Davis, Saturday, July 27, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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  • Floyd Mayweather looks on from the ring prior to a super featherweight boxing championship bout between Ricardo Nunez and Gervonta Davis, Saturday, July 27, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Gervonta Davis gestures as he takes the ring prior to facing Ricardo Nunez for their super featherweight boxing championship bout, Saturday, July 27, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Gervonta Davis, left, pounds on Ricardo Nunez, right, during the second round of their super featherweight boxing championship bout, Saturday, July 27, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Gervonta Davis, left, throws a punch at Ricardo Nunez during the second round of their super featherweight boxing championship bout, Saturday, July 27, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Floyd Mayweather, front right, talks to Gervonta Davis prior to Davis’ super featherweight boxing championship bout against Ricardo Nunez, Saturday, July 27, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Gervonta Davis stopped Ricardo Nunez midway through the second round to retain the WBA super featherweight title Saturday night in his first fight in his hometown in six years.

Davis (22-0, 21 knockouts) seemed to invite Nunez (21-3) forward early in the second, then landed a left hook that sent the Panamanian backpedaling to the ropes, and the sellout crowd of 14,686 at Royal Farms Arena to its feet.

Davis closed in and, moments later, referee Harvey Dock stopped the bout with 1:27 remaining in the round.

The 130-pounder was a heavy favorite in his sixth consecutive title victory between the WBA and IBF championships.

Assuming a victory over Nunez, a mandatory challenger, Davis had already been linked to bigger fights against fellow belt-holders Garry Russel Jr. and Tevin Farmer. Afterward, Davis said he wanted Farmer next to unify the WBA and IBF 130-pound titles.

In the first title bout in Baltimore of any kind since 1970, Davis entered the ring in black and orange robe and trunks, evoking the Baltimore Orioles on an evening that was a homecoming for more than just the 24-year-old southpaw.

Soon-to-be Hall of Fame Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was ringside, as was Baltimore-born former light-middleweight champion Vincent Pettway.

On the undercard, Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-2, 18 KOs) stopped Roman Martinez with a minute remaining in the second round. Gamboa felled Martinez with a left hook earlier in the round, before sending him to the canvas again with a quick right hand.

Lightweight Ladarius Miller (20-1) outpointed Jezzrel Corrales (23-3) over 10 rounds after referee Brent Bovell docked Corrales a point for holding during the final minute of the fight. Miller had winning scores of 96-93, 95-94, 93-96 from the judges.

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Irvine council picks Great Park golf course site for Orange County veterans cemetery

A 100-acre plot that had been intended for a golf course in the Orange County Great Park will become a veterans cemetery, the Irvine City Council decided late Tuesday, July 23.

The decision is intended to settle more than five years of debate over where the county will lay its military service members to rest, but a few outstanding issues could slow or derail the project.

Council members chose the golf course site in a 4-1 vote after several dozen residents, including veterans, urged them to move forward – though some speakers and Councilwoman Melissa Fox, who cast the sole no vote, favored a site on the Great Park’s northern border that was originally pitched for the cemetery in 2014.

Known as ARDA, that northern site still contains buildings, runways and contamination such as asbestos from the former El Toro Marine air base, and state estimates peg the cost of cleanup and the first phase of a cemetery at $95 million.

A formal review of the golf course site, which is south of the ARDA parcel and was also part of El Toro, hasn’t taken place but city officials project a cemetery’s initial phase could be built there for just under $59 million.

Much of Tuesday’s discussion, which included comments from several dozen residents, centered on which site would be better, cheaper or faster to build on, and there were plenty of disputes over which side’s facts were accurate.

FivePoint Holdings, which is overseeing development of much of the Great Park and the surrounding homes, has pledged $28 million – of which $18 million had been promised to build the golf course – toward the cemetery project.

Officials also expect $24.5 million from the state and a potential $10 million in federal reimbursement for the project.

The company’s offer led some speakers to accuse council members of conspiring with FivePoint to free up the ARDA site for development, an assertion Mayor Christina Shea called “ridiculous.”

To address that, Councilwoman Farrah Khan asked for a future council discussion on rezoning the ARDA property, where current rules allow 250 homes, two hotels and a retail center. That issue should come up next month.

One remaining obstacle is a state bill that designates the ARDA site for the cemetery; it will have to be amended.

And former mayor Larry Agran, who has led the charge to build on the ARDA site, could pursue a ballot measure to enforce what he says is the will of city voters. Agran backed a 2018 initiative that overturned a council-approved land swap that would have put the cemetery on a different site owned by FivePoint that is now used to grow strawberries.

Some veterans just want to see the matter settled for themselves and their fellow service members. Vietnam veteran Bill Cook urged the council before the vote: “Don’t kick the can down the road any farther.”

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Taste: In the kitchen with chef Pascal Olhats

If there is a godfather of French cuisine and fine dining in Orange County, it is Chef Pascal Olhats.

For more than 30 years (“I came as a tourist and I feel I am still on vacation,” Olhats says) the chef has provided reliably authentic and appropriately innovative cooking in the now classic French style of nouvelle cuisine. His mastery comes well-earned, having served under the legendary creator of the style, Chef Paul Bocuse, in Lyon, France.

Having recently sold his branch of Pascal in San Juan Capistrano, Olhats remains at Café Jardin, the elegant outdoor bistro located on the grounds of the Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar. Typically serving sophisticated lunch and weekend brunch menus, the café launched a series of special Sunday evening prix fixe dinners in June.

On this occasion we encountered the esteemed chef at his cozy home in Tustin on a rain-spattered day in May. Diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma in November, Olhats had just returned home from a stay at City of Hope, where he had undergone a successful bone marrow transplant. Nonetheless, he greeted us with hale vigor and good humor as he welcomed us into his home.

Across from the stove in the kitchen an impressive mise en place had been set out on a square standing butcher’s block. Freshly diced tomatoes; whole garlic cloves blanched in milk and roasted; chopped Nicoise olives; a tangled mélange of parsley, thyme, rosemary, and tarragon – all clues as to what’s for lunch: chicken breasts Provençal accompanied by a rich potato gratin, prepared with a casual deftness in the chef’s own kitchen. C’est formidable!

Chef Pascal Olhats sizzles with summer dishes at Sherman Library & Gardens.

Textbook French nouvelle cuisine? Bien sûr! This recipe is in fact redacted from Olhats’ course at Saddleback College, where he has taught for many years.

 

Café Jardin/Sherman Library & Gardens2647 Pacific Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar

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CHICKEN BREAST À LA PROVENÇAL

INGREDIENTS

4 bone-in 8 oz. chicken breasts

2 tomatoes peeled, seeded and diced

16 garlic cloves (blanched in boiling milk for 5 minutes and roasted in foil for 15 minutes)

6 oz. black olives, pitted and halved

10 oz. chicken stock

4 oz. dry chardonnay

2 oz. extra virgin olive oil

Fresh herbs: chopped thyme, rosemary, parsley and tarragon

salt & pepper

 

METHOD

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Sauté the chicken skin-side down in olive oil.

Remove fat from the pan. Turn the chicken skin side up. Add diced tomatoes, garlic, olives, and fresh herbs (reserving some for garnish). Add the wine and stock.

Braise the chicken in the oven for about 12 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the pan and reduce sauce to 1/3.

Plate the chicken and pour sauce over the breasts. Garnish with remaining herbs and serve.

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‘Supernatural’ fans hold a Comic-Con wake for the Winchester brothers as beloved series nears the end

Pamela Green has taken her guardian angel – in the form of a Funko Pop figurine of Castiel from the dark fantasy TV series “Supernatural” – around the world inside her purse.

Together, they’ve been to Iceland and Australia and Dubai, so many places that he was getting a little worn – it’s rough even for a TV angel inside a purse – so Green bought an identical one to back him up.

On Wednesday at San Diego Comic-Con, Green sat at a bar, her twin Castiels on the counter in front of her, steeling herself for the end.

“Supernatural,” which debuted in 2005, kicks off its 15th season in October, and after that, that’s it. The demon-and-monster-hunting brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, wayward sons, will ride off into the sunset, dust in the wind.

  • From left, Taylor Keepper hands Madelaine Scodro a cherry before serving her the signature cocktail Here Comes the Sons during a Supernatural fan party at the Garage Kitchen and Bar in San Diego on Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Castiel figurines by Funko Pop! on display during a Supernatural fan party at the Garage Kitchen and Bar in San Diego on Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

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  • From left, co-writers of the “Scoobynatural” episode of the television series, Supernatural, Jeremy Adams and Jim Krieg pose for a photograph during a Supernatural fan party at the Garage Kitchen and Bar in San Diego on Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Pamela Green of Seattle Washington shows off her Castiel figurines by Funko Pop! during a Supernatural fan party at the Garage Kitchen and Bar in San Diego on Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

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Wayward Cocktails is the name of the annual party held by “Supernatural” fans during Comic-Con, and while this gathering at the Garage restaurant and bar in the Gaslamp Quarter might not be their last party, it felt different knowing that the end was near.

Because “Supernatural” fans aren’t like most other fandoms: They are engaged, they care deeply about the characters and stories and there’s not a lot they won’t do for it.

Just ask Green’s friend Amy Sjoberg, who participated with a team of 15 fellow fans in the scavenger hunt organized by Misha Collins, the actor who plays Castiel on the show.

“He asks you to do crazy things, like get serenaded at the dentist by a string quartet,” Sjoberg said.

And now you’ve gotten to know someone who got serenaded at the dentist by a string quartet because a TV star challenged her.

A year ago at Wayward Cocktails, fans serenaded a life-sized cardboard figure of Jared Padalecki, who plays Sam Winchester, by singing “Happy Birthday,” because the day of the party happened to be his birthday. Was there birthday cake served, too? Do you even need to ask?

This year there were no dreamy cardboard idols in attendance, but we did run into Jeremy Adams and Jim Krieg, the screenwriters who almost by accident created a crossover episode titled “Scoobynatural” in which “Supernatural” live-action footage was blended with “Scooby-Doo” animation, because, of course, the Winchesters and Shaggy, Freddy, Velma, Daphne and Scooby needed to team up to solve a mystery.

We invited the two men to walk down a back hallway at the Garage, the restaurant-bar where the party was held, to find a quieter spot and immediately Adams smelled a rat, or perhaps a demon. “This is how people on the show get killed!” he joked.

Adams and Krieg worked on Scooby-Doo among other projects at Warner Bros. Animation, and at one point came up with the idea of doing a Scooby episode that animated the “Supernatural” gang into the story. Their bosses were like, Don’t be crazy, boys, but when Adams mentioned the idea to a friend at “Supernatural,” well, they were all in.

“It was a series of preposterous events,” Adams said.

“We kept expecting it not to happen,” Krieg added. “Both shows have a series of tropes. We made lists of them and mixed and matched them.”

Adams has since joined the writing staff of “Supernatural,” while Krieg is a senior producer at Warner Bros. Animation.

“There are so many shows out there, it’s not often you have this much fan support,” Adams said of the way in which “Supernatural” fans have backed the show over the years.

A fan approached at one point with an autograph book — “Scoobynatural” is a favorite episode of many — and got both men to sign.

“Ruh-roh,” Krieg wrote in Scooby’s voice above his signature.

“Zoinks!” Adams added to his scrawled name a la Shaggy.

Heidi Tandy stood at the door signing in guests. The lawyer from Miami was the event organizer for the party this year, though she had to bail on her on fete to be a panelist on Harry Potter fandom, her first love.

“It’s been 15 years of intensity,” she said of her love of “Supernatural.” “I admit I didn’t start watching until season 2 but I was hooked instantly.”

She hadn’t watched that first season because she thought it was a horror show, and that wasn’t her cup of TV tea. Once she tried an episode, though, well, it wasn’t so much scary as it was a story about family, she said.

“It wasn’t just, ‘Oh, we’re going to go cut heads off,’ it’s the relationships between the characters,” Tandy said.

Relationships also blossomed among fans, mostly through SuperWiki, the “Supernatural” wiki group where fans like Tandy found like-minded friends and friendships.

“I have so many friends who come to this party because they know this is where they can see me,” she said, and indeed, right about then in walked Britta Lundin, a Los Angeles YA author and writer on the “Riverdale” TV series, and the friends who might not have seen each other since Wandering Cocktails a year earlier, shouted happy greetings and hugged.

As for the end, well, maybe it’s not really the end at all, Tandy said. Yes, new episodes will end, but much else lives on.

“I think that we’re still going to have the fan creativity,” she said. “Whether that’s fan art or fan films or just talking with each other about the show.

“I think that the fans are still going to be as celebratory as ever,” Tandy said.

Just in case, though, she’d included in the party swag bags small packets of tissues to help them face the end.

A little something to catch a wayward tear or two.

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JSerra hires ex-Central of Fresno coach Geoffrey Clayton to lead girls basketball program

Geoffrey Clayton is coming home.

The former Orange County high school basketball star has been hired as the girls basketball coach at JSerra, the Trinity League school announced Thursday.

Clayton, a former record-setting player at Magnolia who also attended middle and elementary school in Orange County, spent the past three seasons as the successful coach at Central High in Fresno.

“I consider Orange County my home,” Clayton said Thursday night. “I had a great time at Central and accomplished a lot in the three years I was there. … It was just time for a change.

“I always saw myself coaching in South Orange County and when the JSerra job became available, I couldn’t pass it up.”

Clayton led the Central to a 50-40 record, two trips to the CIF State Northern California regionals and the school’s first victories in the state tournament.

He guided Central to a 20-10 record last season and a trip to the CIF Central Section Division 1 semifinals, where they lost to top-seeded and state powerhouse Clovis West.

Central also reached the second round of the CIF State Northern California Division II regionals.

In 2017-18, Central finished 12-18 but still won a playoff game.

Clayton guided Central to an 18-12 record in his first season in 2016-17 and a trip to the NorCal state regionals.

Prior to Central, Clayton was an assistant at Clovis North for four years and also was an assistant at Bullard of Fresno.

He left Magnolia after three seasons in a headline-making affair and transferred to Fremont of Los Angeles. He helped Fremont earn a national ranking his senior season.

Clayton then played on Fresno City College’s 34-0 team that captured a state title. He transferred to Cal State San Bernardino, where he helped the program reach its only appearance in the Division II Final Four.

Clayton also has coached with the Nike Cal Storm Central.

“But right now, my focus is on taking JSerra to national level,” he said.

Clayton replaces Mary Rossignol, who departed after 12 seasons at JSerra.

The Lions qualified for the playoffs all 12 seasons under Rossignol and reached the SoCal Regionals six times.

JSerra also finished as a CIF-SS Division 4AA runner-up to Bishop Montgomery in 2014 and 2015.

Rossignol finished with a 220-143 record at the school and seven 20-win seasons.

This past season, the Lions (17-11) knocked off San Joaquin League champion Fairmont Prep in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs after finishing third in the Trinity League.

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Don’t let neocons frog-march Trump toward war with Iran

Hypocrisy seems to have become a defining characteristic of US foreign policy, especially when it comes to Iran. After breaking the Iran deal last year and, de facto, forcing the Europeans to violate the deal in May, the US administration is now complaining that Iran is no longer abiding by its obligations under the deal!

It’s remarkable to see Secretary of State Mike Pompeo take to Twitter to complain of Iran enriching uranium to pre-deal levels, as if somehow the US believes it can still dictate the terms of a deal to which it is no longer a party.

This latest neocon push for US war on Iran started last week when Iran exceeded the limit of a 300 kilogram stockpile of low-enriched uranium. As usual, the media only reported part of the story. One reason Iran went over the limit was that the countries to which Iran was exporting its excess uranium were notified by the US in early May that they would face US sanctions if they continued taking the uranium off Iranian hands.

The US created the crisis by preventing Iran from exporting its excess uranium and then pointed to the expanding Iranian stockpile of uranium enriched to 3.6 percent as proof that Iran was about to launch a nuclear weapon.

Make no mistake about it: Trump’s neocons are determined to trap him into a massive, disastrous war with Iran and they are using the same tactics they used to hoodwink George W. Bush into a multi-trillion dollar war on an Iraq that could not have attacked us if it wanted to.

Secretary Pompeo tweeted recently the exact kind of dishonest hysterics used to terrify many Americans into supporting an Iraq attack 13 years ago: “Iran’s regime, armed with nuclear weapons, would pose an even greater danger to the world.”

As the former head of the CIA, surely Pompeo knows that his own agency had determined back in 2003 that Iran had abandoned its nuclear weapons program and that every US intelligence assessment since then has concurred with that conclusion. But then again, he did brag recently about his excellent ability to lie, cheat, and steal.

Though the Europeans promised Iran that they would continue to honor the deal, they have proven themselves unable to put forth a credible alternative to the US-dominated SWIFT system, meaning no trade in Iran’s number one export: oil.

Iran responded over the weekend to European fecklessness by announcing that they would begin enriching uranium up to five percent, which is a level needed to run one of its nuclear power generating plants. As could be predicted, this move – which is allowed according to section 36 of the Iran deal – is being treated as the equivalent of Saddam’s “mobile chemical weapons labs.”

The Iranians are not backing down. They rightly feel cheated, as they continued to honor the deal even as the US re-imposed crippling sanctions meant to destroy their economy and starve their people.

President Trump has a very serious decision to make. He is being frog-marched into war by his neocons and his Middle East “partners.” He has very little time left to change course. If the neocons are not swept out immediately, he is risking both his second term and his legacy.

Dr. Ron Paul is a former member of the House of Representatives. This article was written for and published by the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

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Explosion in Anaheim prompts search for possible suspect who may be badly burned

ANAHEIM — Firefighters in Anaheim on Wednesday night quickly extinguished a small fire caused by an explosion in a commercial building, but police said they were searching for a possible suspect seen running from the location with “extensive burns.”

Firefighters and police responded at 9:55 p.m. to reports of an explosion at 410 S. Euclid St. and discovered a small fire on the outside of the building, which was quickly extinguished, according to Anaheim Fire & Rescue.

Witnesses reported a possible suspect with extensive burns was seen running from the scene, fire officials said.

Anyone who sees a person in this condition was asked to call Anaheim police immediately.

The cause of the explosion was under investigation.

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LAFC eliminated from U.S. Open Cup with quarterfinal loss to Portland

  • LAFC forward Adama Diomande (99) battles for the ball against Portland Timbers midfielder Cristhian Paredes (22) during the second half of their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • LAFC forward Carlos Vela recovers the ball during the first half of their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

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  • LAFC midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye (14) takes on multiple Portland Timbers defenders during the first half of their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • LAFC forward Diego Rossi (9) brings the ball down the pitch during the first half of their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • LAFC goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega makes a leaping save during the first half of their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • LAFC forward Carlos Vela, left, faces off against Portland Timbers defender Zarek Valentin during the first half of their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • LAFC forward Diego Rossi, right, chases the ball alongside Portland Timbers defender Larrys Mabiala during the first half of their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • LAFC forward Christian Ramirez, left, shoots during the first half of their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Chara, left, tries to take the ball from LAFC midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye during the first half of their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Portland Timbers defender Zarek Valentin kicks the ball during the first half of their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against LAFC on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • LAFC forward Carlos Vela looks for an open teammate while dribbling the ball during the first half of their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • LAFC defender Eddie Segura, left, leaps to battle Portland Timbers midfielder Marvin Loria for the ball during the second half of their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • An LAFC fans cheers during the second half of the team’s U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • LAFC forward Diego Rossi (9) maneuvers the ball against Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Chara (21) during the second half of their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • LAFC forward Carlos Vela (10) moves the ball past Portland Timbers defender Larrys Mabiala (33) during the second half of their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • LAFC forward Adama Diomande (99) brings the ball down the pitch during the second half of their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Portland Timbers forward Jeremy Ebobisse (17) is smothered by his teammates after scoring a goal during the second half of their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against LAFC on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Latif Blessing (7) kicks the ball against Portland Timbers midfielder Cristhian Paredes (22) during the second half of the U.S Open Cup Quarterfinal match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday July 10, 2019. The Portland Timbers won over the Los Angeles FC 1-0. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC defender Tristan Blackmon (27) headers the ball against the Portland Timbers during the second half of the U.S Open Cup Quarterfinal match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday July 10, 2019. The Portland Timbers won over the Los Angeles FC 1-0. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • A Los Angeles FC urges on the crowd to cheer during the second half of the U.S Open Cup Quarterfinal match between the Los Angeles FC and the Portland Timbers at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday July 10, 2019. The Portland Timbers won over the Los Angeles FC 1-0. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Adama Diomande (99) jumps up to header a ball against the Portland Timbers during the second half of the U.S Open Cup Quarterfinal match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday July 10, 2019. The Portland Timbers won over the Los Angeles FC 1-0. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela (10) scissor kicks the ball toward the goal against the Portland Timbers during the second half of the U.S Open Cup Quarterfinal match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday July 10, 2019. The Portland Timbers won over the Los Angeles FC 1-0. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela (10) reacts after missing a goal against the Portland Timbers during the second half of the U.S Open Cup Quarterfinal match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday July 10, 2019. The Portland Timbers won over the Los Angeles FC 1-0. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri (8) reacts as he hugs teammate Portland Timbers midfielder Andres Flores (14) after winning the U.S Open Cup Quarterfinal match against the Los Angeles FC at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday July 10, 2019. The Portland Timbers won over the Los Angeles FC 1-0. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC defender Danilo Silva (6) looks on the the Portland Timbers (not pictured) celebrate winning the U.S Open Cup Quarterfinal match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday July 10, 2019. The Portland Timbers won over the Los Angeles FC 1-0. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC falconer Ken Miknuk looks to mascot Olly prior to the start of the U.S Open Cup Quarterfinal match between the Los Angeles FC and the Portland Timbers at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday July 10, 2019. The Portland Timbers won over the Los Angeles FC 1-0. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC starters pose for a portrait prior to the start of the U.S Open Cup Quarterfinal match against the Portland Timbers at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday July 10, 2019. The Portland Timbers won over the Los Angeles FC 1-0. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

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LOS ANGELES — From the very beginning of U.S. Open Cup play, LAFC head coach Bob Bradley made it clear: He was going for the first trophy in club history. He put out his best lineups and rarely rested starters. That remained true on Wednesday night in the quarterfinals against Portland, despite being in the midst of a stretch of three matches in six days and five in two weeks.

But he will have to wait at least a bit longer for the organization’s first piece of championship hardware.

LAFC was knocked out of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, falling 1-0 to Portland at Banc of California Stadium, its first loss at home in a non-friendly match since last November.

Portland’s Jeremy Ebobisse scored the game-winning goal in the 84th minute, picking up a loose ball under the defense after a giveaway by LAFC’s Jordan Harvey and beating goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega on the far side.

LAFC had not lost at Banc of California Stadium since being knocked out of the 2018 MLS playoffs on Nov. 1 against Real Salt Lake, reeling off a 10-match unbeaten streak in MLS and U.S. Open Cup play since.

“I don’t think we had our best night,” Bradley said. “We’re a little bit unlucky on the goal.”

The game appeared destined for a scoreless draw at the end of regulation and extra time. But regardless, LAFC was hardly at its best. The hosts struggled to control the ball, and they succumbed at times to Portland’s physical style of play.

“It was a night when we didn’t create quite as many chances as we’re used to,” LAFC defender Walker Zimmerman said. “They were physical, they were compact, they were blocking passing lanes well.”

It was a bit of a sleepy match for LAFC in front of 18,947. The hosts were out-chanced by Portland with just one shot on target, which, to Bradley, was the defining statistic of the night. It might have been difficult to find that prime scoring opportunity, but LAFC did not force the issue enough. The hosts found their way into the 18-yard box several times but were missing the final pass, the final shot, a clinical finish.

“Not good enough when we were in those moments,” Bradley said.

Despite controlling play for much of the second half, LAFC allowed a number of opportunities on counterattacks. LAFC nearly conceded the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute off one such sequence, but Harvey hustled all the way back to make a sliding block on a point-blank shot.

“Probably honored (the counterattack) too much in moments,” Zimmerman said. “Being a little deeper than we would have liked.”

The teams went into halftime scoreless, though Portland had the better of the scoring chances and LAFC had no shots on target. LAFC could have been behind by a few goals if not for two big saves from Sisniega. In the 30th minute, he dove to his right to deny a ball by Larrys Mabiala that was destined for the back of the net. A few minutes later, he made a leap to rob Mabiala again, this time on a header off a corner kick.

The mood in the locker room following the match was somber, according to midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye. This team is not used to losing, especially at home. The players put the loss on themselves for not seizing the game early.

“Today we weren’t as sharp as we usually are, and it ended up biting us because the game stayed 0-0 so long,” Kaye said. “A team like Portland, they live off of that, staying in the game. They just need one opportunity.”

LAFC has little time to recover, with an MLS match at Houston on Friday to cap the rough schedule.

LAFC entered the match having won its two MLS meetings with Portland this season, including a 3-2 road win on June 1.

LAFC advanced to the quarterfinals with victories over Real Salt Lake in the fourth round and San Jose in the Round of 16. Last year, LAFC was eliminated in the Cup semifinals against Houston. It came up one match short of that this year, so the trophy shelf for the young franchise will remain empty, for now.

“We started this season with the idea we could make a really good team, compete for three trophies,” Bradley said. “Tonight, we let one get away.”

“They played very tight and very physical.”

Diego Rossi after our Open Cup loss to Portland. pic.twitter.com/JEhRXXZNJP

— LAFC (@LAFC) July 11, 2019

“Tonight we let one get away.”

Bob Bradley after our 0-1 loss to Portland. pic.twitter.com/uZGpHBY0fL

— LAFC (@LAFC) July 11, 2019

“Today we weren’t as sharp as we usually are.” @MarkThEwizz after a tough loss at home. pic.twitter.com/ibwCodSmbv

— LAFC (@LAFC) July 11, 2019

RUN, HARVEY, RUN!@JordanCHarvey covers the length of the pitch to make a clutch diving block! #LAFCvPOR pic.twitter.com/K6lrL3kKoK

— LAFC (@LAFC) July 11, 2019

“That’s football sometimes.”@thewalkerzim after a disappointing home loss. pic.twitter.com/l7SQiDulub

— LAFC (@LAFC) July 11, 2019

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