CARSON, Calif. (Wednesday, Aug. 10) – FC Dallas advanced to their fourth-ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final on Wednesday night with a 2-1, come-from-behind win over the LA Galaxy in extra time at StubHub Center.
Dallas opened their ninth Open Cup Semifinal with several looks at goal, their best coming in the 14th minute as Mauro Diaz worked his way between three Galaxy players and was dragged down just outside the 18. The midfielder took the threatening free kick to follow 20 yards from goal, but sent it into the LA wall.
The Galaxy would get the first good look of their own just three minutes later, as Raul Mendiola walked through space in the middle of the field and found an open Alan Gordon alone in the right half of the penalty area, who took a low shot from the flank. FCD goalkeeper Chris Seitz got a piece of the point-blank chance, just enough to slow it down so a sliding Atiba Harris could clear it out for a corner.
Seitz was called upon again in the 22nd minute, as Emmanuel Boateng sent a cross in between the Dallas center backs and right to the feet of Mike Magee. The LA Captain sent a point-blank shot high on frame, but right to Seitz who was able to push it over the bar.
Shortly later, it was Galaxy keeper Brian Rowe’s turn to respond with two saves in the span of two minutes. The first, in the 30th minute as Diaz sent a long cross to Michael Barrios at the top left corner of the 18. The Colombian winger checked up and then drove down the left side of the penalty area before taking a low-angle shot that Rowe corralled. Then, off the ensuing goal kick, it was Diaz once again with a set-up pass, this time to Maxi Urruti sneaking behind the back line. Dallas’ striker sent a hard, low shot on goal, which Rowe once again stopped.
In the 37th minute, LA would threaten once again, as Boeteng beat Atiba Harris down the left side of the pitch and sent a cross into a trailing Alan Gordon, who put his second shot of the night just over the cross bar.
FCD had the last scoring chance before halftime when Barrios beat Galaxy defender Rafael Garcia down the left wing, and found Urruti inside the top corner of the penalty area. Urruti spun and found Kellyn Acosta outside the 18, and the Homegrown laid a ball off for Maynor Figueroa shot from 25 yards out that Rowe stopped with a diving effort.
In the 58th minute, Mauro Diaz took Dallas’ second corner kick of the night, finding Walker Zimmerman inside the six-yard box, but the defender’s header curled just past the far side post.
Things remained slow for both sides until the 71st minute, when Diaz took an in-swinging Dallas free kick from distance. Rowe came out and punched the ball away from a scrum in front, but right to Urruti who turned and fired a shot that was blocked in from by Jeff Larentowicz. The rebound from Urruti’s shot fell right to Tesho Akindele at the far corner of the 18, and he tried a shot that was also blocked in front, this time by Dave Romney.
The Galaxy sent things the other way just seconds later on the counter attack, as Boeteng found himself one-on-one with Acosta from the midfield line all the way into goal. Acosta was able to keep eh speedy midfielder in front of him and forced a shot from distance that Seitz made an easy diving save on to keep the match scoreless.
The game would head to extra time scoreless, the third time in four Open Cup matches this season that FCD needed more than 90 minutes.
In the 100th minute of the match, the Galaxy were awarded a penalty kick as Chris Seitz dove for a ball inside the penalty area and was deemed to have taken down LA’s Giovanni dos Santos. Mike Magee took the kick for the Galaxy and tucked it inside the right corner of goal, as Seitz dove to the left.
Dallas would score two goals in the final five minutes of extra time, both on corner kicks from Mauro Diaz. In the 116th minute, Matt Hedges rose above the scrum in front to head a corner from the left side home to level the match. Then in extra time stoppage time, it was Homegrown Victor Ulloa rising to connect on a header from the right side to put the visitors up, 2-1, moments before the final whistle.
FC Dallas, as the third seed of the final four teams, will host the New England Revolution in the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final in late September. Ticket information will be made available after U.S. Soccer confirms and announces the date and time of the game.
Scoring Summary: LA: Mike Magee (PK) 101’
DAL: Matt Hedges (Mauro Diaz) 116’
DLA: Victor Ulloa (Mauro Diaz) 120+1’ FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Maynor Figueroa, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Atiba Harris (Victor Ulloa - 45’), Kellyn Acosta, Carlos Gruezo, Ryan Hollingshead (Tesho Akindele - 67’), Mauro Diaz, Michael Barrios, Maxi Urruti (Getterson 90+1’).
Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Aubrey David, Norberto Paparatto, Mauro Rosales, Getterson.
LA Galaxy – Brian Rowe, Rafael Garcia, Leonardo, Dave Romney, Ashley Cole, Baggio Husidic, Jeff Larentowicz, Raul Mendiola (Sebastian Lletget - 91’), Mike Magee, Emmanuel Boeteng (Giovanni dos Santos - 74’), Alan Gordon (Gyasi Zardes - 74’). Substitutes Not Used: Dan Kennedy, A.J. DeLaGarza, Daniel Steres, Nigel de Jong. Misconduct Summary:
DAL: Atiba Harris (caution) - 26’
DAL: Victor Ulloa (caution) - 53’
DAL: Maynor Figueroa (caution) - 75’
LA: Rafael Garcia (caution) - 80’
DAL: Carlos Gruezo (caution) - 86’
FCD: Michael Barrios (caution) - 112’
Referee: Ted Unkle
AR1 (bench): Ian B Anderson;
AR2 (opposite): Cameron Blanchard;
4th: Alex Chilowicz.
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