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Galaxy knock out 'Quakes out of Open Cup 2-0

Cienfuegos notched the game-winner late in the second half.

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.

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 efforts.

"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 39th minute.

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 Conrad.

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.

Scoring LA - Cienfuegos (Vagenas) '77
LA - George (Victorine) '81

Lineups
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 '86)

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)

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