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Galaxy Win First Open Cup Title
Paul Caligiuri was handed the new-look U.S. Open Cup moments after captain Cobi Jones hoisted it first.
Fullerton, CA (Saturday, October 26, 2001) – A Danny Califf header in sudden-death overtime gave the Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-1 win over the New England Revolution in the final of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Saturday afternoon at Titan Stadium in Fullerton. The U.S. Open Cup is the first for the Galaxy, a club that was coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the San Jose Earthquakes in MLS Cup 2001 last Sunday.
The goal came off a Cobi Jones corner kick in the second minute of the overtime period. Revolution goalkeeper Jose Fernandez had cleared a ball off the feet of Jones at the top of the New England penalty area and the Galaxy's Mauricio Cienfuegos tried to chip the ball into an empty net but defender Alan Woods cleared the ball out for a corner. On the set piece from the right side, Califf rose along the near right post and nodded the ball with force past Fernandez.
"I couldn't ask for anything better," said Califf, who was sporting blue-dyed hair. "Last week was a huge disappointment. We tried to grieve the first couple of days and then we had to forget about it and think about New England."
The game was off to a slow, conservative start on both sides of the ball and it was a deflected shot which gave the Revolution the lead in the 30th minute. New England earned a free kick from 30 yards out and it was Jamaican international forward Wolde Harris blasting a right-footed shot which caromed off the leg of Sasha Victorine who was in the three-man Galaxy wall. The ball took a wicked deflection which beat goalkeeper Kevin Hartman low to the right post. The goal was credited to Harris - his third goal of the 2001 U.S. Open Cup campaign.
Just one minute later the Revolution could have taken a decisive two-goal lead. Creative forward/midfielder Andy Williams held the ball on the left side of the box awaiting the overlap of Nick Downing. The Revolution Project-40 rookie advanced to the end line and blasted a left-footed shot which banged off the left post with Hartman covering.
Although the Galaxy outshot the Revolution in the first half, their best chances were limited to a Victorine header (10th minute over the bar) and a Simon Elliott first-time shot (37th minute) but Fernandez was never really tested in the first 45 minutes.
The opening minutes of the second half saw the Revolution gain two favorable looks at goal. In the 51st minute midfielder Cate fed Williams at the top of the Galaxy box and the skillful Jamaican eluded the goalkeeper, veering to the right of the box. From a tight angle, Williams' shot hit the side netting. The Revolution continued in attack and moments later a flat-footed shot by Harris inside the Galaxy box finished well high of the crossbar.
After those two scoring chances, the Revolution, playing in their first championship game in team history, would not get a better look at goal as they began packing it in. In the 61st minute Revs Head Coach Fernando Clavijo brought in defender Alan Woods for Williams and the Galaxy would take full advantage of the defensive stance. Los Angeles besieged the Revolution in their half of the field as defenders attempted to clear the aimlessly on a number of occasions.
The Galaxy were now dangerous through a curling Mauricio Cienfuegos free kick which finished wide left (58th minute) and a low, point-blank shot by Elliott which was expertly handled by Fernandez three minutes later.
In the 70th minute the pressure was rewarded when Ezra Hendrickson scored another key goal for the Galaxy in 2001. From the right corner of the box he beat Downing toward the end line and his cross into the box turned into a shot as the ball floated over the head of Jose Fernandez and into the top left corner of the goal. Hendrickson celebrated by unveiling his trademark Bob Marley undershirt.
The ball possession was split for a large portion of the remainder of the second half but the Galaxy turned it up a notch in the final minutes. The Revolution found themselves down a man when Jay Heaps was ejected in the 88th minute. The Revolution defender elbowed a pursuing Adam Frye down the right flank and referee Paul Tamberino did not hesitate to show the red card.
In stoppage time, Hendrickson nearly captured the game-winner when he launched a dipping right-footed drive from the top of the box which Fernandez had to bounce to tip over the bar.
The game marked the final professional match of defender Paul Caligiuri who retires from the game to enter the college coaching ranks at Cal Poly Pomona. He was substituted in the 64th minute and received a standing ovation as the Galaxy, down 1-0, added a forward (Brian Mullan). While on the bench, Caligiuri received Hendrickson's game jersey after he scored the tying goal. Another jersey was awaiting Hendrickson when he stepped back on the field.
NE — Wolde Harris (unassisted) 30
LA — Ezra Hendrickson (Greg Vanney) 70
LA — Danny Califf (Cobi Jones) 92
Los Angeles: Kevin Hartman; Ezra Hendrickson, Danny Califf, Greg Vanney, Paul Caligiuri (Brian Mullan 64); Peter Vagenas, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Simon Elliott; Adam Frye, Cobi Jones, Sasha Victorine (Alexi Lalas 91)
Subs Not Used: 1-Matt Reis, 6-Craig Waibel, 9-Brian Ching, 16-Alex
Bengard, 25-Marvin Quijano
TOTAL SHOTS: 20; SAVES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 8; FOULS: 12; OFFSIDE: 3; CAUTIONS: Danny Califf 17, Adam Frye 89; EJECTIONS: none
New England: Jose Fernandez; Leo Cullen, Mauricio Wright, Jay Heaps; Joey Franchino, Leonel Alvarez, Cate, Braeden Cloutier, Nick Downing (Ted Chronopoulos 78); Andy Williams (Alan Woods 61), Wolde Harris (William Sunsing 68)
Subs Not Used: 26-Jeff Causey, 3-Rusty Pierce, 20-Fernando Ortiz Solis,
TOTAL SHOTS: 8; SAVES: 6; CORNER KICKS: 0; FOULS: 10; OFFSIDE: 2; CAUTIONS: none; EJECTIONS: Jay Heaps 88
Referee: Paul Tamberino; Assistant Referees: Craig Lowry, Robert Fereday; Fourth Official: Kevin Stott
Attendance: 4,195; Weather: 72 degrees; Overcast