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.
For the first time since that memorable goal-laden season, the Galaxy scored five goals in back to back games and in doing so routed another MLS team in convincing fashion after an underwhelming start to the season.
Former West Ham United flop Sebastian Lletget confirmed his MLS credentials with an impressive fourth goal in four games, providing the sort of attacking spark in midfield the team has lacked since the departure of midfielder Marcelo Sarvas.
Defender Robbie Rogers joined the goalfest with his first MLS goal in four years.
“I didn’t think I was going to be so emotional and I didn’t think it was going to have the impact that it did have on me, so it was a great way to cap off tonight,” said Rogers on scoring. “Tonight’s obviously Pride Night so it’s special and I think that’s why it was more emotional because I know there were a lot of people that had never been to the stadium before. My family, my boyfriend, his friends and a lot of people from West Hollywood.
“When I’m playing, obviously I’m playing for the Galaxy, these guys, my family and most importantly, myself, but I also feel like I’m playing for those in the LGBT community,” Rogers added. S”ometimes it has been tough for me and I’ve felt the pressure and from the moments like this and the [2014 MLS Cup] Championship, I never expected for me to find that pride or to be proud of coming from a community that doesn’t really have a huge footprint in sports. But to be a part of it… It’s a special moment.”
The Galaxy notched an obscure first last night seeing five different players score goals in a game for the second game in a row.
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