CARSON, Calif. (Aug. 10, 2016) – Nobody at the StubHub Center could believe it. Nobody, that is, except those on the field in a red uniform. What looked like certain elimination after going down 1-0 in the 101st minute, FC Dallas netted two goals from Matt Hedges and Victor Ulloa in the 116 and 121st minutes to advance to the 103rd U.S. Open Cup Final in miraculous fashion.
“We’ve fought so hard this season and we’ve come back from many things,” said Ulloa, who scored the game-winning goal. “Our mentality was we wanted to take it back home and win a championship. We didn’t put our heads down and we kept going.”
Dallas were on their heels the majority of the game. They threatened with a few dangerous counter-attacks, but the pace of the game was largely controlled by the Galaxy. After the two sides traded missed opportunities in regulation, Los Angeles took the lead thanks to Mike Magee’s 101st minute penalty kick.
Gyasi Zardes and Giovani dos Santos, who subbed in together in the 74th minute, combined brilliantly in the first half of extra time. Zardes was able to split the defense outside the 18-yard box and play a perfect through ball to dos Santos. Dallas keeper Chris Seitz came charging off his line and his last-gasp dive tripped up the Mexico international, forcing referee Ted Unkel to point to the penalty spot.
Adjusting the captain’s armband, Magee calmly stepped up to take the ensuing penalty kick. He placed it perfectly in the lower right corner, as Seitz leapt the other way.
But Dallas’ center back Matt Hedges knew it wasn’t over yet. With his team awarded a corner kick in the 116th minute, he was able to find space inside the box and smash home a header off of a perfect delivery from Mauro Diaz.
“It’s hard to really put it into words how we feel,” said Hedges. “We practice our free kicks and set plays every day and for it to come at a time like that is an amazing feeling.”
Dallas pushed to make sure the match would not be decided by penalty kicks. Into stoppage time of the extra frame, the visitors were awarded yet another corner kick. Diaz again delivered the ball on a dime into the penalty area, and Ulloa headed it inside the right post to cap the improbable comeback.
“All of the hard work that this team has done throughout the season, I think we deserved it and we showed it,” said Ulloa. “We had the character and resilience to fight through, and thank God I had the chance to score that goal.”
The win sets up a rematch of the 2007 Final with the New England Revolution and leaves FC Dallas one victory away from ending the club’s 19-year trophy drought, having last lifted silverware in the 1997 U.S. Open Cup. Like in 2007, FC Dallas will once again host the Final at Toyota Stadium, with the chance to end the drought in front of their home fans. The date and kick off time of the Final will be announced at a later date.
“We have that mentality that we need to win a championship for this team,” said Ulloa. “Now we have a great opportunity ahead of us at home in front of our fans who deserve it.”
- Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Match Report -
Match: LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas
Date: Aug. 10, 2016
Competition: Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinal
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Weather: 70 degrees, clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 ET1 ET2 F
LAG 0 0 1 0 1
DAL 0 0 0 2 2
LAG – Mike Magee (penalty kick) 101st minute
DAL – Matt Hedges (Mauro Diaz) 116
DAL – Victor Ulloa (Mauro Diaz) 120+1’
LAG: 12-Brian Rowe; 25-Rafael Garcia, 22-Leonardo, 27-Dave Romney, 3-Ashley Cole; 6-Baggio Husidic, 21-Jeff Larentowicz; 40-Raul Mendiola (17-Sebastian Lletget 91’), 18-Mike Magee (capt.), 24-Emmanuel Boateng (10-Giovani dos Santos 74); 9-Alan Gordon (11-Gyasi Zardes 74)
Substitutes not used: 1-Dan Kennedy, 20-A.J. DeLaGarza, 34-Nigel De Jong, 44-Daniel Steres
Head Coach: Bruce Arena
DAL: 18-Chris Seitz; 14-Atiba Harris (8-Victor Ulloa 46), 24-Walker Zimmerman, 24-Matt Hedges, 31-Maynor Figueroa; 7-Carlos Gruezo, 10-Mauro Diaz (capt.), 23-Kellyn Acosta; 21-Michael Barrios, 37-Maximiliano Urruti (9-Getterson 90+1’), 12-Ryan Hollingshead (13-Tesho Akindele 67)
Substitutes not used: 1-Jesse Gonzalez, 2-Aubrey David, 5-Norberto Paparatto, 77-Mauro Rosales
Head Coach: Oscar Pareja
Stats Summary: LAG / DAL
Shots: 11 / 26
Shots on Goal: 5 / 11
Saves: 9 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 6
Fouls: 14 / 23
Offside: 1 / 6
DAL – Atiba Harris (caution) 26th minute
DAL – Victor Ulloa (caution) 53
DAL – Maynor Figueroa (caution) 75
LAG – Rafael Garcia (caution) 80
DAL – Carlos Gruezo (caution) 87
DAL – Kellyn Acosta (caution) 111
Referee: Ted Unkel
Assistant Referee 1: Ian Anderson
Assistant Referee 2: Cameron Blanchard
Fourth Official: Alex Chilowicz
LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas
Time/Location: 10 p.m. ET; StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Referees: R) Ted Unkel, AR1) Ian B. Anderson, AR2) Cameron Blanchard, 4th) Alex Chilowicz
LA Galaxy Best Finish: Champions (2001, 2005)
LA Galaxy Semifinal Appearances: 7 (2000-03, 2005-06, 2016)
LA Galaxy All-Time Record: 26-15-1
FC Dallas Best Finish: Champions (1997)
FC Dallas Semifinal Appearances: 9 (1996-98, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2014)
FC Dallas All-Time Record: 24-18-4
Previous U.S. Open Cup Meetings
September 28, 2005: LA Galaxy 1, FC Dallas 0 Final
September 3, 2002: LA Galaxy 4, Dallas Burn 1 Semifinal
How They Got Here:
Fourth Round: LA Galaxy 4, La Maquina 1 (AET) June 14
Villarreal 15’, Romney 96’, Lletget 105’, 115’
Round of 16: Portland Timbers 0, LA Galaxy 1 June 29
Quarterfinals: LA Galaxy 4, Seattle Sounders FC 2 July 20
Gordon 17’, dos Santos 77’, Lletget 85’, 88’
Fourth Round: FC Dallas 2, OKC Energy FC 2 (6-5 PKs) June 15
Lizarazo 37, 43’
Round of 16: FC Dallas 2, Colorado Rapids 1 (AET) June 29
Diaz 64’, Urruti 96’
Quarterfinals: Houston Dynamo 0, FC Dallas 1 July 20
- Wednesday’s Semifinal is a rematch of the 2005 U.S. Open Cup Final which the LA Galaxy won 1-0.
- FC Dallas makes its ninth Semifinal appearance, which is tied with D.C. United for second most in the tournament’s modern era.
- LA Galaxy appears in its seventh U.S. Open Cup Semifinal and first since 2006.
- The game is the first knockout match between the two sides since FC Dallas defeated the LA Galaxy 3-0 in the 2010 MLS Western Conference Final on November 14, 2010.
- With four goals, Galaxy forward Sebastian Lletget sits tied with the Chicago Fire’s David Accam for second in the tournament’s Golden Boot race. The MLS pair sits one goal behind Edwin Borboa ofl La Maquina.
- With two goals, Carlos Lizarazo leads FC Dallas in tournament scoring.
- This is the first meeting between the two sides this season.
- The LA Galaxy have won 17 straight home U.S. Open Cup matches, with their last defeat coming in the 2000 Semifinal, a 2-1 extra time loss to the Chicago Fire.
- LA Galaxy are 19-2-0 all-time in home U.S. Open Cup matches while FC Dallas are 8-12-2 all-time in away matches.
- LA Galaxy lead the all-competitions series with a 40-26-11 record and the all-competitions series at StubHub Center with a 21-10-4 record.
- Having last won a title in the 1997 U.S. Open Cup, FC Dallas holds the longest domestic trophy drought among all 20 MLS clubs.
- CAUTION WATCH: FC Dallas defender Atiba Harris has accumulated two yellow cards thus far in the tournament. Should he be shown one against the Galaxy, he would miss the club’s potential U.S. Open Cup Final.
- The match will air on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. ET with Glenn Davis and Kasey Keller on the call.
- The LA Galaxy coaching staff is well seasoned in U.S. Open Cup success. Head coach Bruce Arena won the 1996 U.S. Open Cup as the head coach of D.C. United. Associate head coach Dave Sarachan led the Chicago Fire to Open Cup titles in 2003 and 2006. Assistant coach Pat Noonan and goalkeeping coach Matt Reis have also won the Open Cup multiple times as players. Noonan and Reis won the 2007 championship with the New England Revolution, while Noonan also won twice as a member of Sounders FC in 2010 and 2011 and Reis was part of the Galaxy’s first championship in 2001.
- Jeff Larentowicz is the only LA Galaxy player to lift the U.S. Open Cup, doing so with the 2007 New England Revolution.
- Likewise, Mauro Rosales is the only FC Dallas player to win the U.S. Open Cup, lifting the trophy with Seattle Sounders FC in 2011.