ICYMI Video: LA Galaxy pay price for “terrible defending” and are knocked out of U.S. Open Cup

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Read the story by Staff Writer Damian Calhoun on the Galaxy’s overtime disintegration.

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Wednesday Soccer Preview: LA Galaxy at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 in U.S. Open Cup, Brazil faces moment of truth at Olympics.

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Read Staff Writer Damian Calhoun’s preview of the semifinal here.

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Galaxy to host U.S. Open Cup semifinal

The Galaxy will host FC Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. The hosts were confirmed through a draw process, Thursday morning in Chicago.

The Galaxy defeated Seattle, 4-2 in Wednesday’s quarterfinal to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2006.

In the other semifinal, New England will host Chicago, Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Chicago has the highest host priority for the final. For the Galaxy to host, it will need a victory over FC Dallas and a New England victory over Chicago.

The final is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 21.

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Galaxy to host U.S. Open Cup game in StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium

L.A. Galaxy's Sebastian Lletget battles for possession against Sporting Kansas City's Benny Feilhaber. (USA TODAY Images)

L.A. Galaxy’s Sebastian Lletget battles for possession against Sporting Kansas City’s Benny Feilhaber. (USA TODAY Images)

The Galaxy will play their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match against the Seattle Sounders at the StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium on July 20. The match was moved from the main stadium to accommodate the Crossfit Games, which will take place at StubHub Center from July 19-24.

The club announced that there will be additional temporary seating at the east side of the track and field stadium to increase capacity for the match. Parking is free for the match and tickets go on sale July 11.

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Raul Mendiola shines in Galaxy’s U.S. Open Cup win

Raul Mendiola scored the Galaxy's lone goal in a 1-0 win over Portland in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy @LAGalaxy/Twitter)

Raul Mendiola scored the Galaxy’s lone goal in a 1-0 win over Portland in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy Hana Asano // LA Galaxy)

Raul Mendiola‘s goal in the fifth minute against Portland was enough to send the Galaxy through to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup as L.A. held on for a 1-0 win on Wednesday at Providence Park.

The homegrown player subbed off for Mike Magee in the 64th minute after a productive shift both offensively and defensively. He has a goal and an assist in his two U.S. Open Cup appearances for the Galaxy this season.

“I just do my job,” Mendiola told reporters. “The coach tells me to start, and I just do my job like anyone else. I work for the team. I don’t have to score, I don’t have to do anything, I just work for the team. I want to out-compete everyone and just help my teammates.”

Said Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena: “He’s a hard-working kid. He was aggressive getting forward. He’s a very competitive player. You can see tonight that he wasn’t bothered by the environment and the challenge for us.”

The Galaxy will host Seattle on July 20 in their second straight U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal appearance. The team continues MLS play on July 4 at home against Vancouver.

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Galaxy game day: U.S. Open Cup round of 16

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The Galaxy face Portland in the U.S. Open Cup round of 16 on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Providence Park. The winner of the match hosts Seattle in the quarterfinals after the Sounders knocked off Real Salt Lake in a shootout on Tuesday.

The Galaxy and Timbers have not met in U.S. Open Cup play since 2011. L.A. has won the tournament twice, but hasn’t advanced past the quarterfinals since finishing second to the Chicago Fire in 2006.

The Galaxy’s only win since May 8 came in the U.S. Open Cup fourth round against amateur team La Maquina.

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LA Galaxy score controversial goal in U.S. Open Cup win

Dave Romney (left) and Sebastian Lletget celebrate the would-be game-winning goal against La Maquina on Tuesday that came in controversial fashion. (Photo by Stephanie Romero and Jon Lorentz // LA Galaxy)

Dave Romney (left) and Sebastian Lletget celebrate the would-be game-winning goal against La Maquina on Tuesday that came in controversial fashion. (Photo by Stephanie Romero and Jon Lorentz // LA Galaxy)

The L.A. Galaxy used a controversial goal to break a 1-1 tie against amateur side La Maquina during overtime of Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup game at StubHub Center as Baggio Husidic sent a quick free kick over to Dave Romney while players from both teams were standing idly by after a foul. Romney scored on an open net while his teammate Jose Villarreal was lying on the ground.

Deadspin called it a “cheap, fake goal.” Husidic, Romney and Sebastian Lletget agreed that there was some controversy to the goal, but said it was just a heads-up, legal play.

Husidic said he confirmed with the referee that there would be no whistle, then passed it out to Romney, who hesitated before he finished the shot. It was the defender’s first goal of the season with the first team, but Romney admitted he would have liked it to come under better circumstances. Continue reading

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