Galaxy & Chivas USA U.S. Open Cup wrap

It was the Galaxy 2 AC St. Louis 0 at Home Depot Center. Phil Collin has the game story.

Notable: the announced attendance was 2,179.

Quotable: Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena was asked whether St. Louis’ five-man midfield posed a problem in the first half and he responded,

“No, the 11 players wearing white were giving me some problems. We just needed to play a little bit better. We had to pass better, we had to be a little bit quicker. Certainly, it was to be expected they would tire. You can’t run faster than the ball and if we moved the ball a little bit better a little bit quicker in the second half we had a better chance to break them down.”

Goal scorer Chris Klein made a similar observation:

“As the game wore on we started to find more and more openings. Even though we had the ball a lot in the first half we didn’t create all that many opportunities. We talked at halftime about being patient and that the opportunities will come. The worse thing you can do is to start to press in these games and think they’re a league below (us) and we have to be killing them because that’s never the case.”

Proof of that was in the stats: the Galaxy outshot St. Louis 8-3 in the second half.

Galaxy lineup: Josh Saunders, Bryan Jordan, A.J. DeLaGarza, Leonardo, Alex Cazumba, Chris Klein, Jovan Kirovski, Clint Mathis (Chris Birchall 80′), Eddie Lewis, Alan Gordon, Tristan Bowen (Juninho 73′).

Subs Not Used: Donovan Ricketts, Todd Dunivant, Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Michael Stepehens.

Next for the Galaxy: the Seattle Sounders at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Home Depot Center complete with the return of Landon Donovan and a fireworks show.

Across town in Fullerton it was Chivas USA 1 Austin Aztex 0. Reporter Andrew J. Campa has the game story.

Quotable: Chivas Coach Martin Vasquez sounded relieved about finally getting a win, albeit in the U.S. Open Cup rather than MLS,

“I thought we did well against a good team. I like the way we approached the game. We were serious, we were disciplined, and we created some good chances. That’s all positive at this time where we need to reinforce and have something to build on.”

Chivas USA lineup: Zach Thornton, Ante Jazic, Michael Umaa, Mariano Trujillo, Blair Gavin (Marcelo Saragosa 73), Michael Lahoud, Ben Zemanski, Osael Romero (Gerson Mayn 70), Jesus Padilla, Chukwudi Chijindu (Daro Delgado 78)

Substitutes Not Used: Dan Kennedy, Jorge Flores, Carlos Borja, Justin Braun

Next for Chivas USA: the Philadelphia Union at Home Depot Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Jonny Bornstein returns from World Cup duty and yes, there will be a fireworks show.

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