Watch the game here. It starts at 7 p.m. on what fellow blogger Joshua Mayers of The Seattle Times observes is a beautiful evening in Seattle (that’s Mount Rainier for those unfamiliar with the topography in the Pacific Northwest).
Staff Writer Phil Collin was in Fullerton and filed this game story.
Good thing: I couldn’t see much on the terrible live stream of the game that went down every few minutes and was like something out of 1995.
Attendance: 1,230 (it looked like fewer).
Chivas USA advances to the semifinals for the second time ever at 7 p.m. July 10 against three-time winner Seattle Sounders in the Pacific Northwest. The Sounders beat the Earthquakes in San Francisco.
On to the US Open Cup semis. Seattle here we come! #ChivasUSA
— Ben Zemanski (@zmnsk21) June 27, 2012
— TheCup.us (@usopencup) June 27, 2012
Meet the Eagle in the net tonight.
Reason for Chivas USA to worry (apart from their problems up front): Charlotte’s three victories in the competition all came on the road.
Tickets start at just $10 for tonight’s game.
The game will be streamed live at www.cdchivasusa.com.
Here’s more from Chivas USA:
But does anyone, except Seattle – the Sounders are winners of three straight cups – care?
I’m sure Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena is thrilled (not): After all it’s not like the club has much on its plate this year.
Here’s more from AP on the U.S. Soccer decision announced today:
CHICAGO (AP) — All 16 eligible Major League Soccer teams will compete in the U.S. Open Cup, which is expanding from 40 to 64 teams this year.
The tournament will start May 15, with the second round May 22 and the MLS teams from the United States entering in the third round May 29, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Wednesday.
MLS had entered eight teams in recent years, with six qualifying automatically and two emerging from play-in rounds.
MLS teams must win five games in the single-elimination tournament to earn the title. The final will be Aug. 7 or 8.
Seattle will attempt to become the first team to win four years in a row.
The three Canadian-based MLS clubs are ineligible for the competition, in case you were wondering.
Full details here.
*The game Saturday in Toronto is on Prime for those not into bowling.
*When winless Chivas USA plays the winless Portland Timbers Tuesday in the U.S. Open Cup in the Pacific Northwest, the Goats will find a young goalkeeper between the opposing posts.
“Guys are in good spirits – all just getting back from dinner,” Chivas USA Tweeted earlier Monday evening. “They’re excited for the match and eager to get a win.”
*Game coverage: The game kicks off at 7 p.m. There is no TV or radio. The truly dedicated can follow the game on the @Chivas USA Twitter feed. An audio stream of the game is “likely,” the club said. The best place to follow along is here.
*International update: forward Alejandro Moreno scored the second goal in Venezuela’s 2-0 win Friday over Jamaica; defender Michael Umaa played 90 minutes in Costa Rica’s 2-2 draw with China.
*Notable: Former Chivas USA and Galaxy defensive midfielder Kevin Harmse is back with the Vancouver Whitecaps for a second go-around.
*Finally, wondering about that new Chivas USA fan group? Details here.
Seattle Sounders 2 Galaxy 0
Ten of the 11 Galaxy starters did not start in Saturday’s MLS game against Seattle.
Galaxy lineup: Josh Saunders; A.J. DeLaGarza, Leonardo (Sean Franklin 71′), Omar Gonzalez, Eddie Lewis; Chris Klein (Dema Kovalenko 69′), Bryan Jordan, Jovan Kirovski (Juninho 72′), Alex Cazumba; Clint Mathis, Alan Gordon.
Attendance: a sellout crowd of 4,512.
“To me these games don’t make sense,” said Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena. “Essentially it was a reserve game tonight. I think the timing of this competition isn’t right for MLS teams; it’s a difficult time to try and play these games. … The competition is watered down due to the fact that each team is juggling players.”
Paul the octopus oracle tips Spain to beat Germany today (AP Photo).
While the vast majority of soccer fans on the planet are most interested in the 11:30 a.m. Spain-Germany semifinal in South Africa there is another cup game today to concern Galaxy fans.
The Galaxy meet the Seattle Sounders (for the second time in five days) in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals in front of a sold-out crowd in the Pacific Northwest at the Starfire Sports Complex. Chivas USA awaits the winner.
The game can be seen live here.
Curiously, Alpine Village near Torrance may be the best place to catch both games.
There was a stunning atmosphere there last Saturday for the Argentina-Germany game and it could well be similar today (I’ll be there covering the event, incidentally) while the Galaxy-Sounders game will be streamed live tonight at 7 o’clock and shown on their projector TV in the upstairs loft.
Enjoy the games.
Houston Dynamo 1 Chivas USA 3
It was also Chivas USA’s first win in eight games.
Justin Braun scored on two of his three shots to lead the Goats past the Dynamo, the club’s first-ever win in Houston.
Said Chivas USA Coach Martin Vasquez:
“This win is going to help us. We came in very convinced, serious, disciplined; the guys worked extremely hard and they see that if they work together… they can beat anybody.”
Anybody amounted to the Houston reserves, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Chivas USA lineup: Zach Thornton, Mariano Trujillo, Michael Umana, Yamith Cuesta, Ante Jazic (Carlos Borja 66), Marcelo Saragosa, Michael Lahoud, Blair Gavin (Dario Delgado 71), Ben Zemanski, Jesus Padilla (Gerson Mayen 77), Justin Braun.
Substitutes Not Used: Jorge Flores, Osael Romero, Chukwudi Chijindu, Dan Kennedy.
Next for Chivas USA: at Kansas City Saturday.
Galaxy 2 AC St. Louis 0
Jovan Kirovski almost scored a long-range third for the Galaxy in the final minutes after spotting AC goalkeeper Alec Dufty off his line, but he just managed to get back in time.
The Galaxy plays the winner of Wednesday’s game between the Portland Timbers and defending U.S. Open Cup champion Seattle Sounders. If the Sounders win the game is in Seattle July 7; the Timbers will visit Carson July 7 if they triumph.
Read more on that game here.
Incidentally, Chivas USA beat the Austin Aztex in Fullerton 1-0 on a first half Jesus Padilla goal. That ends a string of six straight defeats even if it is the U.S. Open Cup. Next for Chivas: the Dynamo next week in Houston.
More on both games a little later including full match reports, quotes and stats.