Galaxy beat Blues 2-1 in 3rd round of US Open Cup
Omar Gonzalez and Mike Magee scored in a 6-minute span late in the second half to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Blues on Tuesday night in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.
The Galaxy will face the defending champion Seattle Sounders FC in the quarterfinals July 12.
''I thought the L.A. Blues played quite well,'' Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. ''They really got after us and pressured us a good part of the evening.''
Blues defender Nelson Akwari also praised his team.
''I think we did OK,'' Akwari said. ''We were kind of nervous to start the game but to battle for the full 90 minutes is pretty impressive.''
Gonzalez tied the score at 1-1 in the 75th minute on a 7-yard header off Juninho's 37-yard free kick.
Magee then scored the winning goal in the 81st minute. Juninho's 33-yard free kick found Gonzalez at the right side of the penalty area. Gonzalez headed the ball to Magee, who converted from 11 yards.
''When we went down a goal, I told the guys on the sideline that I wouldn't be surprised if we and won this game,'' Arena said. ''We created a lot of chances. It was just a matter of time.''
The Blues took a 1-0 lead in the 62nd minute on Cesar Rivera's 5-yard shot.
The Blues, an expansion team in the United Soccer League's Pro Division, played with 10 men in second-half stoppage time after Israel Sesay received a red card in the 90th minute.
Neither Landon Donovan nor David Beckham dressed for the Galaxy. Donovan played for the United States in the recent CONCACAF Gold Cup. Beckham has back spasms.
The U.S. Open Cup, which began in 1914, is an invitational tournament for amateur and professional teams to compete for the national soccer championship.