Bruins Instrumental In Galaxy's U.S. Open Cup Victory
Oct. 27, 2001
Fullerton, Calif. - The Bruin-dominated Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team defeated the New England Revolution, 2-1 in overtime in the final of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Saturday afternoon at Titan Stadium in Fullerton.
The U.S. Open Cup is the first for the Galaxy, which is coached by former Bruin player and coach Sigi Schmid. The Galaxy had already captured the CONCACAF Champions Cup in January and advanced to the finals of the MLS Cup last week.
Seven former UCLA Bruins started in the match, with two having a hand in both of Los Angeles' goals. Cobi Jones (1988-91) assisted on the game-winning goal in the second minute of overtime, sending a corner kick to Danny Califf, who rose along the near right post and headed the ball with force past New England goalkeeper Jose Fernandez. Earlier, defender Greg Vanney (1993-95) assisted on the Galaxy's first goal by Ezra Hendrickson in the 70th minute.
The game marked the final professional match of defender Paul Caligiuri (1982-86), who is retiring from the game to become the men's and women's soccer coach at Cal Poly Pomona. Caligiuri played in two World Cups and 110 matches for the United States' national team from 1984-98 and helped UCLA capture its first NCAA title in 1985.
The 88-year-old U.S. Open Cup, the nation's oldest soccer tournament, featured more than 100 professional and amateur teams nationwide in single-elimination competition.