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Galaxy Advance to Open Cup Quarterfinals
Alexi Lalas had the game-winner for the Galaxy.
FULLERTON, CA (Wednesday, July 11, 2001) -- Galaxy defender Alexi Lalas scored the game-winning goal in Los Angeles' 3-1 U.S. Open Cup victory over the Seattle Sounders Select in front of 2,450 fans at Titan Stadium. With the win, Los Angeles advances to take on the San Jose Earthquakes to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals at a site to be determined.
"Obviously, Seattle played a game to defend well and to counter-attack," said Galaxy head coach Sigi Schmid. "They have some good forwards and are a good defending team. In the second half, we tried to go at their right side, but it really took a goal to ignite it for us."
Los Angeles, who improved to 6-2 all-time in the U.S. Open Cup, controlled most play in the first half forcing the Sounders to play in their own end of the field. The Galaxy tested the Sounders defense with dangerous shots from Brian Ching, Sasha Victorine and Adam Frye. The Sounders Sy Reeves and Greg Fosie tested Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman in the first half, but Hartman was more than up to the challenge with six saves on the night.
Seattle opened the scoring in the 58th minute as defender Sy Reeves finished his opportunity from inside the six-yard box. Sounders midfielder Zachary Kingsley started the play on the left wing by cutting to the end line and swinging a low cross to the near post. Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman got a hand to the ball, but the rebound fell to Reeves.
In the 61st minute, Los Angeles defender Craig Waibel knotted the game at 1-1. A Greg Vanney corner kick from the left side found the head of a charging Ezra Hendrickson inside the 18-yard box. Hendrickson's header was off the mark but after a favorable deflection the ball fell to Waibel, who blasted a shot from 12-yards out. On the goal line, Seattle's Kingsley attempted to clear the ball but it was determined to have already crossed the line by assistant referee Jorge Reyes.
"When they are debatable like that you just start celebrating and hope you convince the linesman," said Waibel. "I don't know if it was in or not, but you know, all the same it counts."
Los Angeles struck only two minutes later, defender Alexi Lalas' header, off a Greg Vanney corner kick, beat Sounders goalkeeper Carlos Castellanos for the go-ahead goal. Once again, it was a Seattle defender attempting to make a clearance off the line, but assistant referee Reyes signaled the goal.
"I didn't see the ball cross the line, but I don't care because that's the linesman's' job," said Lalas. "If they're both half a goal, then we still won 2-1."
The Galaxy sealed Seattle's fate in the 81st minute as forward Isaias Bardales Jr. netted his first-ever strike with the Galaxy, beating Seattle netminder Castellanos one-on-one. Brian Ching slipped a brilliant through ball for Bardales Jr., who drew the 'keeper off his line before firing a low shot inside the near post.
Los Angeles was without the services of three starters, missing midfielder Cobi Jones (Strained Back), Luis Hernandez (Suspension) and Matt Reis (Coach's Decision). Also, missing due to injuries were Brian Mullan (Sprained Ankle), Marvin Quijano (Sprained MCL) and Danny Pena (Sprained MCL).
In MLS action, the Galaxy host the Miami Fusion at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, July 14, 2001. Game time is 7 pm PT. The match will be broadcast live nationally on ESPN2. For more information regarding Los Angeles Galaxy tickets for the club's next home game, please call the Galaxy toll free at (877) 3GALAXY.
Seattle- Reeves (Kingsley) '58
Los Angeles- Waibel (Hendrickson, Vanney) '61, Lalas (Elliott) '63, Bardales Jr. (Ching) '81.
Seattle- Carlos Castellanos, Christian Van Blommenstein, Scott Burcar, Aaron Heinzen, Bryn Ritchie, Billy Sleeth, Zach Kingsley, Sy Reeves (James Vert '80), Ben Somoza, Greg Foisie (Chris Farnsworth '66), Joe Watson (Todd Stauber '50).
Los Angeles- Kevin Hartman, Alexi Lalas, Craig Waibel, Ezra Hendrickson (Danny Califf '70), Simon Elliott, Peter Vagenas (Alex Bengard '83), Isaias Bardales Jr., Adam Frye, Sasha Victorine (Mauricio Cienfuegos '46), Brian Ching.