Quakes eliminated from Open Cup by Los Angeles Galaxy in 2-1 loss
SAN JOSE, Calif. - In a hard fought and physical contest that featured a total of nine yellow cards, the Los Angeles Galaxy eliminated the San Jose Earthquakes from the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament 2-1 Wednesday night at Spartan Stadium. A 2-0 first half Galaxy lead was too much for the Quakes to overcome despite a desperate second half push following the ejection of L.A.'s Todd Dunivant, as San Jose saw themselves eliminated in the quarterfinals of this tournament by the Galaxy for a fourth time.
The Galaxy pressured San Jose early, as Dunivant lofted a cross from the left side into the goalmouth that Quakes goalkeeper Jon Conway punched away. The ball went directly to Herculez Gomez in front of the goal. Gomez sent a hard volley from close range toward the goal that an alert Eddie Robinson was able to knock away on the goal line.
A minute later, however, Gomez gave the Galaxy a 1-0 lead. Following a San Jose goal kick that was headed directly back toward the San Jose end of the field by Jovan Kirovski, Gomez ran onto the ball and was able to get past Danny Califf, drawing Conway well off his line. Gomez slotted a low shot to the left of a sliding Conway for the 1-0 advantage.
The Galaxy took a 2-0 lead in the 30th minute on another Gomez goal. Los Angeles stole the ball from the Quakes on the right side of the field, where Kirovski fired a long ball across the field to Gomez. He got in behind the Quakes defense and found himself alone with only Conway to beat. Gomez slotted a low shot past Conway to put Los Angeles up 2-0.
Following the L.A. goal, the game picked up intensity with both teams committing several hard fouls. A Brad Davis injury in the 31st minute forced Julian Nash into his most extended playing time of the season, but the Quakes offense did not really test Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman in the first half.
The Quakes picked up the attack in the second half, with a chance to score in the 55th minute off a Dwayne De Rosario free kick from the right side. De Rosario sent a perfect ball into the middle of the box, but Kelly Gray's header went just wide of the left post.
The Earthquakes gained a man advantage in the 63rd minute when Dunivant received his second yellow card for a hard foul on Nash and was ejected.
Following Dunivant's departure, the Quakes put enormous pressure on L.A. and in the 76th minute, the Quakes cut the deficit to 2-1 on a brilliant goal. Robinson hit Brian Mullan on the right wing, and Mullan dribbled up field before whipping a cross into the box to an open Ronald Cerritos, who headed the ball home.
The physical rivalry boiled over in the 85th minute when a scuffle between De Rosario and Hartman broke out following a hard mid-air collision. San Jose continued to pressure, and had their final opportunity in the 92nd minute when Mullan's low shot from the right corner of the area went just wide of the post.
The Earthquakes and Galaxy face off again on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8:00 p.m. PT at Spartan Stadium in an MLS regular season game. The game is live on ESPN2, 1590 AM KLIV (English) and 1370 AM KZSF (Spanish). Former Earthquakes captain John Doyle will be enshrined in the Earthquakes Hall of Fame in a halftime ceremony at the game and the first 5,000 fans will receive a John Doyle commemorative player card.
Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear, on game: "We made two mistakes tonight and they scored two goals, but that is what good teams do, they punish you for your mistakes. I thought that we showed good fight and spirit in the second half. When we play them again on Saturday, we have to play the whole game like we played the second half."
Kinnear, on physical play: "It is a great rivalry so once one tackle happens, you know they are going to keep coming. The good thing about these teams is that they play hard, but they are not dirty."
Ronald Cerritos, on comeback: "When we got down 2-0, we started pushing forward to get back into the game. We were able to get one goal, but obviously that was not enough. We need to think about how we played tonight and make sure that we come out stronger on Saturday."
Cerritos, looking ahead to Saturday: "We need to play like we did for the last 25 minutes of tonight's game right from the start on Saturday. It is going to be a huge crowd, so we definitely want to come out and play well. I am looking forward to another chance against the Galaxy."
Kelly Gray, on game: "We came in at halftime knowing that we hadn't played our best, giving up two goals on the only two chances they really had. We knew it was going to be a battle to get back in the game and we came out well in the second half. We pounded them and pressured them all over the place. We also got in on some tackles and played strong. We need to carry that emotion over into Saturday."
Dwayne De Rosario, on game: "Every game we play against LA is going to be physical and emotional. It is unfortunate that we gave up two early goals so we had to chase the game a bit. We created some great chances and didn't bury them. Ronald came out and scored a great goal, but we did not have enough to come all the way back."
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Los Angeles Galaxy 2, San Jose Earthquakes 1
Spartan Stadium; San Jose, CA; Attendance: 5,134
Scoring Summary: LA-Gomez (Kirovski) 5; LA-Gomez (Kirovski) 31; SJ-Cerritos (Mullan) 76
LOS ANGELES GALAXY-Kevin Hartman, Todd Dunivant, Tyrone Marshall, Troy Roberts, Pablo Chinchilla, Ned Grabavoy (Cobi Jones, 70), Guillermo Ramirez, Peter Vagenas, Paulo Nagamura, Jovan Kirovski (Ugo Ihemelu, 67), Herculez Gomez (Ednaldo da Conceicao, 83).
TOTAL SHOTS: 7; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 22; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: Hartman 5; CAUTIONS: Nagamura 28; Dunivant 35; Ramirez 38; Dunivant 63; EJECTIONS: Dunivant 63
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES-Jon Conway, Kelly Gray (Kevin Goldthwaite 71), Eddie Robinson, Danny Califf, Wade Barrett, Ian Russell (Ronald Cerritos 64), Dwayne De Rosario, Danny O'Rourke, Brad Davis (Julian Nash 31(Mark Chung 72)), Alejandro Moreno, Brian Mullan.
TOTAL SHOTS: 12; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; FOULS: 25; OFFSIDE: 0; CORNER KICKS: 11; SAVES: Conway 2; CAUTIONS: Robinson 19; O'Rourke 34; Gray 43; De Rosario 85;EJECTIONS: None.
Referee: Terry Vaughn
Referee's Assistants: Chris Strickland, Jose Corro
4th Official: Yader Reyes
Temperature: 68 and clear