Rapids' 2006 US Open Cup Run Ended With Surprise Upset 3-1 Loss to Galaxy

CARSON CA (Wednesday August 23 2006)- The Colorado Rapids finished their 2006 US Open Cup run tonight after falling 3-1 to the Los Angeles Galaxy in a surprise upset game that had to be decided in extra time after finishing 1-1 in regulation.

The Rapids who have dominated the defending MLS Champions in regular season play with an impressive 3-0-0 record dropped their first game of the year against the Galaxy.

The opening goal of the night came in the 3rd minute when Clint Mathis netted his first goal of the tournament. Kyle Beckerman was awarded the assist on that goal.

The tying goal for the Galaxy came in the 45th minute when Quavas Kirk sent home a ball form Nathan Sturgis. This was the first goal scored by the Galaxy against the Rapids this year.

A goal in the 64th minute by Landon Donovan was correctly called back by the referee due to an offside position.

The game was forced to extra time after it remained tied 1-1 in regulation.

The Galaxy took the lead in the 93rd minute when Landon Donovan sent a ball from Kirk to the back of the Rapids' net.

Donovan scored the 3-1 lead in the 115th minute when he beat goalkeeper Matt Jordan after receiving the ball from the feet of Peter Vagenas.

The Rapids will travel to Chicago tomorrow in preparation for their match against the Fire this Saturday August 26 at 6:30 p.m. live on MLS Direct Kick. The Rapids Reserves will take on the Chicago Fire Reserves on Sunday August 27 closing the 10-day road trip for Colorado.

COL -- Clint Mathis 1 (Kyle Beckerman ) 3
LA -- Quavas Kirk 1 (Nathan Sturgis 1 Chris Albright 1) 45
LA -- Landon Donovan 1 (Quavas Kirk ) 93
LA -- Landon Donovan 2 (Peter Vagenas 1 Troy Roberts 1) 115

Colorado Rapids Lineup: Matt Jordan Hunter Freeman Eric Denton(Aitor Karanka 62’) Dan Gargan Mike Petke Kyle Beckerman Jovan Kirovski (Thiago Martins 61’) Clint Mathis (Nicolas Hernandez 84’) Fabrice Noel(Jacob Peterson 70’) Colin Clark Daniel Wasson
Substitutes Not Used: Bouna Coundoul Luchi Gonzalez Pablo Mastroeni

LA Galaxy Lineup: Kevin Hartman Chris Albright Ugo Ihemelu Troy Roberts Ante Jazic Quavas Kirk (Tyrone Marshall 11) Nathan Sturgis Peter Vagenas Santino Quaranta (Cobi Jones 67) Cornell Glen (Landon Donovan 37) Herculez Gomez (Alan Gordon 77).
Substitutes Not Used: Steve Cronin Josh Gardner Paulo Nagamura

Misconduct Summary:
COL -- Mike Petke (caution; Pushing Holding) 82
COL -- Thiago Martins (caution; Reckless Foul) 83
LA -- Ante Jazic (caution; Professional Foul) 94
COL -- Thiago Martins (ejection; Second Caution) 100

Referee: Kevin Stott
Referee's Assistants: Steven Davidson; Emiliano Monje
4th official: Miguel Chicas
time of game: 2:32
attendance: 6014
weather: Clear -and- 71 degrees

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