U.S. Open Cup
With game ending heroics from Cobi Jones, Galaxy move on.Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Seattle Sounders 1
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Striker Cobi Jones found net with 17 second remaining in regulation to lift the Los Angeles Galaxy of MLS over the A-League’s Seattle Sounders 2-1 before 3,063 fans. On a counterattack, Jones received a pass from Ezra Hendrickson in the right side of the penalty area, faked past defender Kieran Barton and launched a 6-yard left-footer that found the left corner of the net.
Assistant Coach Ralph Perez earned the victory, filling in for an absent Sigi Schmid, who attended his son Kurt's graduation from South Torrance high school.
The 2000 U.S. Open Cup marks the second time that the number one seeded Galaxy has participated in the 32-team field. The Galaxy plays the San Diego Flash in the third round at Titan Field. In 1999, Los Angeles was ousted from the tournament in the quarterfinals by the Columbus Crew, 2-0, after having defeated the San Diego Flash (A-League), 3-2, in the third round.
A two-referee system was employed as an experiment being tested around the world by FIFA. FIFA authorized trials of the two-referee system around the globe earlier this year, which features two referees working the pitch and two referee assistants running the lines.
Midfielder Greg Vanney put the Galaxy ahead 1-0 in the 22nd minute with a penalty kick after Viet Nguyen fouled Brian Kelly in the box after a great set-up by Luis Hernandez.
Greg Howes tied the score at 1-1 for Seattle in the 48th minute with a low, hard free kick from 25 yards, beating keeper Mat Reis to the far post. It was set up from after Peter Vagenas fouled Dick McCormick outside the penalty area.
Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Seattle Sounders 1Lineups: Los Angeles - Matt Reis, Greg Vanney, Robin Fraser, Simon Elliot, Danny Califf, Brian Kelly (Zak Ibsen 85), Peter Vagenas, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Ezra Hendrickson, Seth George (Cobi Jones 46), Luis Hernandez. Seattle - Bill May, Scott Jenkins, Kieran Barton, Craig Waibel, Ali John Utush, Dick McCormick, Andrew Gregor, Viet Nguyen (Craig Tomlinson 46), Sean Henderson (Eric Storkson 46, Rashid Utush 79), Greg Howes, Darren Sawatzky.
Total shots: Seattle 6, Los Angeles 19. Shots on goal: Seattle 3, Los Angeles 7. Saves: Seattle - May 2; Los Angeles - Reis 2. Fouls: Seattle 7, Los Angeles 14. Offside: Seattle 3, Los Angeles 3. Corner kicks: Seattle 3, Los Angeles 8. Yellow card cautions: Seattle - Tomlinson (diving) 71; Los Angeles - none.
Referee: Kevin Stott, Raymundo Prisco. Referee's assistants: Claude Baudin, Desmond O'Sullivan. Attendance: 3,063 at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Field Fullerton, Calif. Weather: n/a.
Second-round scoreboardWednesday, June 14
Uruguay (USASA) 0
Mexico S.C. (USASA) 0