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Victorine, Polic score to power Los Angeles to a 2-0 decision over Flash.

SAN DIEGO (Tuesday, July 25, 2000) -- The Los Angeles Galaxy used goals by midfielders Sasha Victorine and Ivan Polic and the Major League Soccer side blanked the A-League’s San Diego Flash 2-0 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup round-of-16 match before a Flash-record crowd of 6,118 fans at Mesa College's Douglas Stadium.

Despite the narrow field, the Galaxy had little trouble advancing to a quarterfinal match August 9 against the San Jose Earthquakes

"We were aware of what the field was going to be like, so our intent was to match their intensity from the start," L.A. coach Sigi Schmid said. "It was one of the reasons we didn't start Cobi (Jones). We felt we'd let them kick some other people instead of kicking Cobi from the start. We did a good job of moving the ball around and holding position. In the first half when it came down to the final penetrating pass we didn't do so well, but in the second half I thought we did much better."

Los Angeles goalkeeper Matt Reis made to saves for his first U.S. Open Cup shutout. "I finally got my first shutout of my professional career and it felt great,” Reis said. “We were on top of them, because we couldn't take them lightly on the field and we were ready for it. We controlled the tempo from the start."

The Galaxy was without the assistance of keeper Kevin Hartman, striker Seth George and midfielder Zak Ibsen. Hartman suffered a sprained left knee in training last week, underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn medial menicus and will be out three to six weeks.

George suffered a sprained right ankle and Ibsen pulled his right hamstring in the Galaxy's 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay over the weekend.

Simon Elliott started the Galaxy's fire in the first minute with a 40-yard shot that deflected off the left post. The smaller field kept the game moving at a quick pace, forcing both teams to make quick and precise passes.

Jones entered the match in the 41st minute to replace Peter Vagenas, who exited the game with a left ankle contusion. Jones had just arrived from United States national team duty in Costa Rica.

Los Angeles took a 1-0 lead off a Jones corner kick in the 50th minute. He fired a rocket into the penalty area and found Victorine, who facing the near post redirected a header just inside of it.

"I heard it was a very good goal, but I didn't see anything," Victorine said. "I just dove, headed the ball and tried to put it on the frame. Then, I heard someone scream and I just wondered what had happened which is when someone told me that I had scored."

San Diego created some dangerous chances of its own. Reis made a superb one-handed save in the 55th minute, denying one-on-one opportunity by the Flash's Mugurel Dumitru. A through ball over the top beat the Galaxy defenders, allowing Dumitru to blast a shot from the top of the box. The ball was going over Reis' head when the keeper threw up his right hand to deflect it away.

Polic’s blast in the 67th minute made it 2-0. On a breakaway, Cienfuegos controlled the ball on the right wing and moved toward midfield before making a cross field pass. Polic settled the pass and took a hard left-footed shot from just inside the 18-yard line. Keeper Tom Tate, at the top of the six, tried to punch the ball over his head but didn't get enough of the shot to stop it from dropping in just under the crossbar.

"They (San Diego) was pushing up and I was by myself on the left," Polic said. "Cien found me and I was able to go through and hit a good shot. I think that the goalkeeper made a mess of it, but I'll take it."

Polic, who joined the Galaxy in 2000 as a discovery player, was red carded in the 89th minute for violent conduct on a tackle suffered by the Flash's Dumitru.

"I didn't really think that I deserved (the red card)," Polic said. "There was no intention, because I tried to step over him. His foot got in the way and accidentally step on him. I really didn't step on him hard or anything. I think that it was a bad call."

Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) 2, San Diego Flash (A-League) 0

Lineups: Los Angeles - Matt Reis, Greg Vanney, Robin Fraser, Danny Califf, Jorge Salcedo (Ivan Polic 63), Ezra Hendrickson, Simon Elliott, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Sebastien Vorbe (Paul Caligiuri 80), Peter Vagenas (Cobi Jones 38), Sasha Victorine. San Diego - Tom Tate, David Banks, Jason Annicchero, PJ Brown, Geoff Huber (Anthony Farace 65),Kevin Legg, Nate Hetherington, Leighton O'Brien (Brian O'Connol 72), Mugurel Dumitru, Mauricio Alegre, Mike Slivinski (Guillermo Jara 76).

Los Angeles - Victorine (Jones) 50.
Los Angeles - Polic (Cienguefos) 67.

Total shots: Los Angeles 13, San Diego 6. Shots on goal: Los Angeles n/a, San Diego n/a. Saves: Los Angeles - Reis 2; San Diego - Tate 2. Fouls: Los Angeles 13, San Diego 15. Offside: Los Angeles 2, San Diego 2. Corner kicks: Los Angeles 7, San Diego 2. Yellow card cautions: San Diego - Slivinski 26, Banks 42, Dumitru 60, O'Connor 88. Red card ejections: Los Angeles - Polic 90.

Referee: Sergio Vega, Misail Tsapos. Referee's assistants: Arnold Baldeaux, Emiliano Monje. Attendance: 6,118 at Douglas Stadium in San Diego, Calif. Weather: n/a.

Miami Fusion (MLS) 3, Mid Michigan Bucks (PDL) 3
(Miami wins in penalty kicks 6-5)

SAGINAW, MI (July 25, 2000) - The Miami Fusion advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a hard-fought win in penalty kicks over the Mid Michigan Bucks in a game that ended 3-3 after two 15-minute overtime periods.

Defender Pablo Mastroeni provided the winning shot as the Fusion did not miss in six rounds of penalty kicks. Bucks goalkeeper Eric Pogue missed his six-round attempt high over the bar to give the Fusion the 6-5 edge and the third round victory.

The game was staged in front of a standing room only crowd of more than 4,000 at White Pine Stadium in Saginaw, Michigan -- home of the fourth division (Premier Development League) Bucks.

The Fusion got second half goals from Guatemalan Martin Machon, Colombian Diego Serna and Jamaican Andy Williams. Henry Gutierrez provided two assists. Player-coach Joe Malachino, forward Sam Piraine and Boniventure Maruti tallied for the Bucks. The Bucks played a man down for most of the game after midfielder Ousmane Coulibaly was ejected for a hard tackle on defender Brian Kamler in extra time of the first half.

The Fusion had a chance to win it in the final seconds when a penalty kick was awarded after rookie Kyle Beckerman was taken down in the box. But Pogue saved Machon’s attempt to send the game into overtime. Beckerman was ejected shortly after when he received his second yellow card for dissent.

Maruti appeared to give the Bucks the victory with a header in the closing moments of the first overtime period, but the officials called off the goal due to a hand ball. The Fusion will take on the winner of Wednesday night’s "sweet sixteen" game between D.C. United and the Rochester Raging Rhinos. The quarterfinals are slated for August 9.

Miami Fusion (MLS) 3, Mid Michigan Bucks (PDL) 0

Lineups: Miami - Jeff Cassar, Tim Sahaydak, Tyrone Marshall, Pablo Mastroeni, Brian Kamler (Nelson Vargas, (Kyle Beckerman), Henry Gutierrez, Jim Rooney (Captain), Jay Heaps, Martin Machon, Diego Serna, Roy Lassiter (Andy Williams). Mid Michigan - Eric Pogue, Tino Scicluna (Captain), David Hall, Chad Schomaker, Joe Malachino, Adam Heinemann, Juston Detter, Ousmane Coulibaly, Paul Snape, Boniventure Maruti, Ryan Mack.

Mid Michigan - Malachino (Unassisted) 53.
Miami - Machon (Gutierrez) 60.
Miami - Serna (Gutierrez) 65.
Mid Michigan - Piraine (Maruti) 79.
Miami - Williams (Serna) 82.
Mid Michigan - Maruti (Detter) 88.

Penalty Kick Scoring:
Miami - Gutierrez (goal), Rooney (goal), Machon (goal), Heaps (goal), Marshall (goal), Mastroeni (goal)
Mid Michigan - Snape (goal), Hall (goal), Piraine (goal), Anthonsen (goal), Heinemann (goal), Pogue (high).

Total shots: Miami 18, Mid Michigan 8. Shots on goal: Miami n/a, Mid Michigan n/a. Saves: Miami - Cassar 2; Mid Michigan - Pogue 13. Fouls: Miami 13, Mid Michigan 26. Offside: Miami 7, Mid Michigan 5. Corner kicks: Miami 8, Mid Michigan 6. Yellow card cautions: n/a Red card ejections: Mid Michigan - Coulibaly 46+; Miami - Beckerman (dissent) 90+.

Referee: Gerrie Corrie, Noel Kenn/any. Referee's assistants: n/a. Attendance: 4,000+ at White Pine Stadium in Saginaw, Mich. Weather: Partly cloudy, slight breeze, 75 degrees.

Metros into quarterfinals after routing Mutiny UNIONDALE, NY (Tuesday, July 25, 2000) –- The MetroStars defeated the Tampa Bay Mutiny, 3-0, this evening in the third round of the 2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup before a crowd of 5,183 at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, NY.

With the victory, the MetroStars now will advance to quarterfinals of the Cup to face the Columbus Crew on August 9th at a venue yet to be determined. The Eastern Division leading Metros (13-7-2–41 pts.) will return to MLS action next Wednesday when they travel down to our nation’s capital to battle the defending Cup Champion—DC United. Metros ‘keeper Tim Howard has recorded two wins in 2000 Open Cup play, yielding only one goal in 180 minutes of action.

The MetroStars, who dominated play throughout the first half, went into the break with a two goal lead. The Metros got on the board in the 23rd minute on a goal by midfielder Mark Chung. Chung, who now has two goals in 2000 U.S. Cup play, one-timed Petter Villegas cornering feed into the lower right corner past a sprawling Mutiny ‘keeper Andy Kirk.

The Metros stretched the lead to 2-0 in the 29th minute after a brilliant goal by forward Alex Comas. Midfielder Roy Myers, who gained possession about 25 yards out from goal, led Comas into the Mutiny box. Comas touched the ball around Mutiny defender Steve Trittschuh and moved in on Kirk before blasting a shot into the far right corner of the net.

The Metros padded their lead in the 51st minute when Clint Mathis scored his second goal of 2000 U.S. Open Cup play. Midfielder Mark Chung lofted a pass over the head of Trittschuh and led Mathis into the far side of the Mutiny box. Mathis settled the pass and made two touches on the ball before blasting a shot into the upper right corner.

Lothar Matthäus (back) and Tab Ramos (calf) did not play against Tampa Bay this evening due to injuries.

MetroStars (MLS) 3, Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS) 0 Lineups: MetroStars - Tim Howard, Daniel Hernandez (Mark Semioli 66), Mike Petke, Thomas Dooley, Steve Jolley, Petter Villegas, Mark Chung, Billy Walsh, Roy Myers (Ramiro Corrales 39), Alex Comas (Valencia 66), Clint Mathis). Tampa Bay - Andy Kirk;, Joe Addo, Steve Trittshuh, Rich Kotchau, Josh Keller, Steve Ralston, Eric Quill (Amos Magee 75), Manny Lagos, Carlos Valderrama (John Maessner 46), Tico Tico Bucuane, Mamadou Diallo (Kevin Anderson 46).

MetroStars-Chung (Villegas) 23.
MetroStars - Comas (Myers) 29.
MetroStars - Mathis (Chung) 51.

Total shots: MetroStars 25, Tampa Bay 12. Shots on goal: MetroStars n/a, Tampa Bay n/a. Saves: MetroStars - Vallow 1; Tampa Bay - Simpson 11. Fouls: MetroStars 11, Tampa Bay 10. Offside: MetroStars 0, Tampa Bay 1. Corner kicks: MetroStars 6, Tampa Bay 6. Yellow card cautions: MetroStars - Comas 25, Tampa Bay - Diallo 16, Lagos 81, Addo 87.

Referee: Augusto St. Silva, Peter Kokolski. Referee's assistants: Greg Barkey, Chip Reed, Ken Heller. Attendance: 5,183 at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, NY. Weather: Overcast, cloudy, 73 degrees.

Dallas Burn (MLS) 2, Minnesota Thunder (A-League) 0

BLAINE, Minn. -- The Dallas Burn, playing with an extra man for much of the match, defeated the Minnesota Thunder 2-0 in the 3rd round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Tuesday night at the National Sports Complex in Blaine, Minnesota.

Minnesota went a man down in the 23rd minute after Morgan Zeba was ejected for retaliating following a Paul Broome slide tackle. Zeba stepped on Broome's right thigh, causing a severe laceration that sent Broome immediately to the hospital where he received approximately 20 stitches to close the wound. Dallas made quick use of the man advantage, scoring in the 36th minute following a failed clearance in the Thunder end of the field. Chad Deering intercepted the errant clear and fed Jason Kreis, who buried a ten-yard shot into the left corner of the goal.

With just 12 minutes remaining in the contest, severe weather moved into the area, delaying the game for approximately 75 minutes. After play resumed, the Burn added an insurance goal in the 88th minute, with Lazo Alavanja netting an Antonio Martinez cross for the final 2-0 margin.

With the victory, the Burn moves on to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup and will face the Chicago Fire on August 9 at a site to be determined later.

Dallas Burn (MLS) 2, Minnesota Thunder (A-League) 0

Lineups: Dallas - Matt Jordan, Eric Dade, Jorge Rodriguez, Ricardo Iribarren (Richard Farrer 46), Mark Santel, Lazo Alavanja, Paul Broome (Antonio Martinez 30), Oscar Pareja, Bobby Rhine (Ted Eck 73), Chad Deering, Jason Kreis. Minnesota - Jon Swallen, John Coughlin, John Sylvester (Paul Schneider 76), Don Gramenz, Brian Winters, Eric Otto, Mike Gentile, Morgan Zeba, Stoian Mladenov (Nate Winkel 67), Aaron Leventhal, Gerard Lagos (Johnny Menyongar 63).

Dallas - Kreis (Deering) 36.
Dallas - Alavanja (Martinez) 87.

Total shots: Dallas n/a, Minnesota n/a. Shots on goal: Dallas n/a, Minnesota n/a. Saves: Dallas - Jordan n/a; Minnesota - Swallen n/a. Fouls: Dallas n/a, Minnesota n/a. Offside: Dallas n/a, Minnesota n/a. Corner kicks: Dallas n/a, Minnesota n/a. Yellow card cautions: Dallas - Alavanja 7, Iribarren 40; Minnesota - Coughlin 40. Red card ejections: Minnesota - Zeba 23.

Referee: n/a. Referee's assistants: n/a. Attendance: 3,110 at National Sports Complex in Blaine, Minn. Weather: 80 degrees, breezy, cloudy, humid (games interrupted by a thunderstorm).

San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 2, Richmond Kickers (A-League) 0

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Scott Bower had a goal and an assist and Mike Burns collected a pair of assists to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-0 victory over the Richmond Kickers in a third-round U.S. Open Cup match on Tuesday evening at Spartan Stadium.

San Jose now moves on to the quarterfinals, to be played on August 9 against the rival Los Angeles Galaxy (a 2-0 winner tonight over the San Diego Flash). The U.S. Open Cup is the largest and most prestigious professional club soccer tournament in this country.

The Earthquakes, who also got a goal from Ian Russell, have now moved on to the quarterfinal round in all three of their U.S. Open Cup appearances (having also taken part in 1997 and 1998).

"Ten years from now you'll only see a W in the books so it doesn't matter if it was an ugly game," Earthquakes Coach Lothar Osiander said. "It was physical, it was a typical cup game and I loved it. This is a difficult game to play, because Richmond came in with nothing to lose. At the end of the day, if you win you're happy."

Bower gave the Earthquakes a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. Burns passed the ball up the left side to Harut Karapetyan, who sent a cross in from the left corner. Bower, sprinting into the goalie box, jumped high in the air to power the ball into the back of the net on a header.

For Bower, a second-year player in the Project-40 program, it was his first goal as a member of the Earthquakes. Burns and Bower then both helped set up San Jose's second goal in the 79th minute. Burns passed to Bower, who sent a great through ball past the defense, which a sprinting Russell picked up in the penalty box, then slotted it inside the right post.

"I'm happy to get the win, first and foremost," Bower said. "This is a big win for us the way our season is going. Getting a goal and an assist was nice, but as a forward that's my job and I feltlike I could have done even more tonight."

The Kickers outshot the Earthquakes, 7-6, in the first half, and forced San Jose goalkeeper Jon Conway to make five saves.

Richmond's Dwayne DeRosario created several of the first half's best scoring chances. In the ninth minute, he had a one-on-one against Conway, but Conway came out all the way to the edge of the penalty box to block his shot. In the 22nd minute, DeRosario had a nice opportunity on a header in the box but pushed it wide. And in the 23rd minute, he took a hard shot from the right side that Conway had to make a diving save on.

Karapetyan had a chance to extend the Earthquakes' lead in the 28th minute when he broke in free on the Kickers goal, but shot wide due to the challenge of Richmond goalkeeper Mike McGinty.

In the second half, the scoring chances were even until Russell's insurance goal in the 79th minute. In extra time, a DeRosario header hit the left post, barely ensuring the Earthquakes' shutout. The Kickers ended the match with a 17-14 shots advantage. Conway finished with sevensaves.

After this weekend's All-Star Game, the Earthquakes return to MLS play with a home game against the Columbus Crew on Wednesday, August 2 at 7 p.m.

San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 2, Richmond Kickers (A-League) 0

Lineups: Richmond - Mike McGinty, Chris Brown (Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi, 63), Chris Fox, Scott Cannon, Josh McKay (Rob Ukrop 77), Tony Williams, Kevin Knight, Marco Ferruzzi, Paul Lekics, Keith Donohue (Peter Luzak 74), Dwayne DeRosario. San Jose - Jon Conway, Jimmy Conrad, Dan Calichman, Mike Burns, Ryan Tinsley, Mauricio Solis, Wojtek Krakowiak (Ian Russell 69), Dario Brose (Travis Mulraine 77), Harut Karapetyan, Khodadad Azizi, Scott Bower).

San Jose - Bower (Karapetyan, Burns) 15.
San Jose - Russell (Bower, Burns) 79.

Total shots: Richmond 17, San Jose 14. Shots on goal: Richmond n/a, San Jose n/a. Saves: Richmond - McGinty n/a; San Jose - Conway 7. Fouls: Richmond n/a, San Jose n/a. Offside: Richmond n/a, San Jose n/a. Corner kicks: Richmond n/a, San Jose n/a. Yellow card cautions: n/a.

Referee: n/a. Referee's assistants: n/a. Attendance: 1,021 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Weather: 80 degrees, breezy, cloudy, humid (games interrupted by a thunderstorm).

2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Third-round scoreboard

Wednesday, July 19

at Crew Stadium
Hampton Road Mariners (A-League) 1
Columbus Crew (MLS)4

Tuesday, July 25

at White Pine Stadium
Miami (MLS) 3
Mid Michigan (PDL) 3
(Miami advances 6-5 in penalty kicks)

at Mitchell Field
Tampa Bay (MLS) 0
MetroStars (MLS) 3

at National Sports Center
Dallas (MLS) 2
Minnesota (A-League) 0

at Forest View Park
Chicago Fire (MLS) 1
Chicago Sockers (PDL) 0

at Spartan Stadium
Richmond (A-League) 0
San Jose (MLS) 2

at Mesa College
San Diego (A-League) 0
Los Angeles (MLS) 2

Wednesday, July 26

at RFK Stadium
Rochester Rhinos (A-Leag.) at
D.C. United (MLS), 7:30

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