Los Angeles Galaxy Awakens in Second Half, Defeats A.C. St. Louis 2-0


It took them nearly 70 minutes, but Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy got it done in the third round of the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Goals by Chris Klein—donning the captain's armband for the first time this season—in the 69th minute and Juninho in the 80th gave the Galaxy a 2-0 victory over A.C. St. Louis.

You have to give ACSTL their dues this match. For the lion's share of the contest, LA were disconnected. The finishing was terrible at the front, and the likes of Gauchinho and Mike Ambersley nearly gave St. Louis a shock lead early. As expected from the Show Me State, St. Louis showed the LA Galaxy that they can hang around for a half and change.

However, Klein—who gets my Man of the Match—did well in donning the captain's armband to rally the troops, pressing forward to earn his first goal of the tournament. His 69th-minute strike looped past A.C. St. Louis keeper Alec Dufty, and the match broke wide open.<...

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