Gordon will depart following the Galaxy’s U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal game against Real Salt Lake on Tuesday, July 14 and be unavailable for selection when the Galaxy face the San Jose Earthquakes at StubHub Center on Friday, July 17. The forward will join LA Galaxy teammates Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes, who helped the U.S. to a first-place finish in Group A.
The Long Beach product made his first and only appearance for his country in 2012 as a substitute against Antigua and Barbuda in a FIFA World Cup Qualifying match when he provided the game-winning assist to Eddie Johnson. Gordon was also called up for the 2013 Gold Cup after the USMNT advanced to the group stage. This season for the Galaxy, Gordon has made 20 appearances and six starts, recording four goals including two game-winning goals. Since joining the Galaxy last season, he has recorded nine goals and an assist in 34 MLS appearances.
The LA Galaxy have received allocation money from New York City FC in exchange for an International roster spot, the club announced today. Per MLS and club policy, exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.
After dispatching the San Jose Earthquakes 0-1 on the road in a U.S. Open Cup game Wednesday night — something they haven’t done in 16 MLS games and counting — the Galaxy will face Real Salt lake July 14 in the quarterfinals of the knockout tournament.
From the Galaxy press release:
The Galaxy have reached the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals stage for the first time since 2011 and were the only road team to advance past the Round of 16 in this year’s tournament.
On Wednesday night, the Galaxy defeated the Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium behind a first-half goal from forward Jose Villarreal, his third goal of the season for the Galaxy in all competitions. In the tournament’s fourth round, the Galaxy earned a 6-1 victory over PSA Elite at StubHub Center behind a hat trick from Robbie Keane and goals from Sebastian Lletget, Gyasi Zardes and Baggio Husidic.
The Galaxy are 25-12-1 all-time in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. They have entered the Open Cup every year since 1999, winning the tournament in 2001 and 2005 while reaching the Open Cup Final on two other occasions.
Should the Galaxy advance, they would face the Central bracket winner between Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City in the Open Cup Semifinals on Aug. 11 or Aug. 12.
The only thing better than watching your hometown team advance in the cup? Watching a hometown kid smash home a couple of goals in a come-from-behind win. Roy of the Rovers stuff.
Zardes wants to keep the momentum going:
“It’s wonderful to play during the break just so we don’t lose form and we keep getting games under our belt. I feel like the more I play, the better I get and the more consistent I get so just not taking off time is wonderful.”