Galaxy knock out 'Quakes out of Open Cup 2-0
FULLERTON, CA - The Los Angeles Galaxy Major League Soccer (MLS) club
defeated the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, in front of a crowd of 4,345 fans at
Titan Stadium on the campus of Cal State Fullerton to advance to the
semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Cienfuegos notched the game-winner late in the second half.
L.A. Galaxy midfielder Mauricio Cienfuegos continued his late season hot streak breaking open the game in the
77th minute, while Seth George ended San Jose's hopes of getting back into
the game with a strike of his own four minutes later.
Goalkeeper Matt Reis once again came up big in the net for the Galaxy
recording his second straight U.S. Open Cup shutout. Reis ended the game
with two saves both on Earthquake forward Abdul Thompson Conteh breakaway
"We played great tonight, we hung in there," Reis said. "It took a while, but we scored
some beautiful goals."
At the end of the first 45 minutes the game was scoreless, with the Galaxy
owning the majority of the possession. L.A. out shot the Earthquakes eight
to five with Jorge Salcedo and Cobi Jones having the best scoring
opportunities of the half for the Galaxy. In the 19th, minute Jorge Salcedo
received a pass from Cienfuegos on the left side of the 18-yard box but a
diving Joe Cannon saved his far post shot. Cobi Jones beat John Doyle in the
32nd minute, but Doyle recovered quickly to force Jones to shoot wide left.
San Jose, however, had the best scoring opportunity of the half when Khodadad
Azizi freed Conteh with a dangerous through ball, but Reis came out to meet
Conteh at the top of the 18-yard box making a great save on the shot in the
In the 77th minute the Galaxy broke the scoreless contest when Peter Vagenas
lobbed a ball over the top of the defense for Cienfuegos. Outrunning the
Earthquake defense, Cienfuegos beat goalkeeper Joe Cannon to the ball,
lofting the shot into the back of the net barely beating a recovering Jim
The Galaxy struck again in the 81st minute when Sasha Victorine played a give
and go with Seth George. George out muscled San Jose defender John Doyle and
hit a low shot into the left corner of the goal just pass Cannon. George's
goal stretched the Galaxy's led to 2-0 and ultimately helped L.A. advance to
the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup where they will play the Chicago Fire on
August 23, 2000 (site TBA).
"It was a big game for us and we played very hard. We came out a little bit
flat early in the game and in the first half we let them take it to us. In
the second half, we picked up the tempo and Mauricio (Cienfuegos) did a good
job on the goal," Galaxy Head Coach Sigi Schmid said. "That broke the ice for us. Seth (George) came up with a big
goal on a combination with Sasha (Victorine)."
Up next, the Los Angeles Galaxy host the Kansas City Wizards in a pivotal
Western Division battle (7:00 p.m. kickoff). The Galaxy also welcomes Los
Tigres Del Norte, who will perform a concert immediately following the game.
For more information regarding Los Angeles Galaxy tickets for the club's next
home game, please call the Galaxy toll free at (877) 3GALAXY.
LA - Cienfuegos (Vagenas) '77
LA - George (Victorine) '81
SJ- Joe Cannon, John Doyle, Ryan Tinsley (Wojtek Krakowiak '85), Jim Conrad,
Mike Burns, Richard Mulrooney, Travis Mulraine, Khodadad Azizi, Harut
Karapetyan (Ian Russell '46), Dario Brose, Abdul Thompson Conteh (Scott Bower
LA- Matt Reis, Greg Vanney, Robin Fraser, Paul Caligiuri, Danny Califf, Jorge
Salcedo (Peter Vagenas '57), Mauricio Cienfuegos, Simon Elliott, Sasha
Victorine, Cobi Jones (Seth George '63), Sebastien Vorbe (Zak Ibsen '71)