Thursday, September 29, 2005

LA Galaxy win the US Open Cup

The Galaxy got their second taste of Open Cup glory last night by defeating FC Dallas 1-0.

Although this match up was not the most thrilling 90-minutes of play, it did have its moments. Dallas almost took the lead in the 17th, but Ugo Ihemelu put what could have been a very dangerous tackle on FCD's Roberto Mina in the box to prevent the shot. Not much later, Joseph Ngwenya had a chance at LA's net but sent his shot wide.

Then came the only goal of the night. It was a thing of beauty. Chris Albright was on the left side of goal and flicked a perfect pass to Herculez Gomez (pictured) who did a partial bicycle kick to knock it past the diving keeper. It really is a fantastic goal and one that should be played over and over on the highlight reel.

The Galaxy out matched Dallas last night, but could not find a second goal. It says something about FCD that even with so many B-list players on the field, they were able to stay in it and almost tied it in the final moments of stoppage time when a volley by Mark Wilson had to be tipped over the bad by LA's Kevin Hartman. However, just staying in it doesn't get you a trophy.

Congratulations to the LA Galaxy.

Los Angeles 1 - Dallas 0

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