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Los Angeles advance to semis 2-0 over San Jose.

Mauricio Cienfuegos
Mauricio Cienfuegos
FULLERTON, Calif. (Wednesday, August 9, 2000) -- Mauricio Cienfuegos and Seth George scored within a four-minute span late in the game to propel the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-0 decision over the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, before 4,345 at Titan Stadium on the campus of California State-Fullerton to advance to an August 23 semifinal meeting with Chicago Fire.

Unfortunately for the Earthquakes, newly signed Giovanni Savarese was unable to make his debut on Wednesday night. The Italian soccer federation failed to send the necessary transfer paperwork to U.S. Soccer prior to the match, so the high-scoring forward was forced to sit out.

Other missing Earthquakes included Wade Barrett (left groin surgery), Dan Calichman (left hamstring strain), Ronald Cerritos (right quadricep strain) and Mauricio Solis (Costa Rica National Team). The Galaxy were without Luis Hernandez, who was home in Mexico for the birth of his child.

"Giovanni might have made it a different game," Earthquakes Coach Lothar Osiander said. "Instead, we had the same problems we've had all year. We missed our opportunities. We missed three breakaways and should have been up by at least 2-0 before they scored."

The scoreless first half was spent mainly in the Earthquakes' defensive end, but it was San Jose's Abdul Thompson Conteh who had the best scoring opportunity. He took a nice through pass to get past the Galaxy defense in the box, but had his shot turned away by an onrushing Matt Reis in the 39th minute.

Cienfuegos continued his late season hot streak breaking open the game in the 77th minute, while Seth George ended San Jose's with a strike of his own four minutes later.

Goalkeeper Matt Reis needed two saves for his second straight U.S. Open Cup shutout. Both snuffed out breakaway chances by striker Abdul Thompson Conteh.

In the 77th minute, 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 retreating defender Jim Conrad.

In the 81st minute, Sasha Victorine played a give-and-go with George who out muscled San Jose defender John Doyle and hit a low shot into the left corner of the goal just pass Cannon to give the Galaxy some insurance.

Things got a little more tense in the second half, with four yellow cards issued and a few minor skirmishes. The Galaxy outshot the Earthquakes, 16-9.

Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) 2, San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 0

Lineups: San Jose - Joe Cannon, Ryan Tinsley (Wojtek Krakowiak 85), John Doyle, Jimmy Conrad, Mike Burns, Richard Mulrooney, Travis Mulraine, Dario Brose, Khodadad Azizi, Harut Karapetyan (Ian Russell 46), Abdul Thompson Conteh (Scott Bower 86). Los Angeles - Matt Reis, Greg Vanney, Robin Fraser, Paul Caligiuri, Danny Califf, Jorge Salcedo (Peter Vagenas 57), Mauricio Cienfuegos, Simon Elliott, Cobi Jones (Seth George 63), Sasha Victorine, Sebastien Vorbe (Zak Ibsen 71).

Los Angeles - Cienfuegos, (Vagenas) 77.
Los Angeles - George, (Victorine) 81.

Total shots: San Jose 9, Los Angeles 16. Shots on goal: San Jose 2, Los Angeles 7. Saves: San Jose 5, Los Angeles 2. San Jose 17, Los Angeles 11. Offside: San Jose 3, Los Angeles 9. Corner kicks: San Jose n/a, Los Angeles n/a. Yellow card cautions: San Jose - Conrad 66, Brose 84, Mulraine 90+; Los Angeles - Cienfuegos 83.

Referee: n/a. Referee's assistants: n/a. Attendance: 4,345 at Titan Field in Fullerton, Calif. Weather: n/a.

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