The US Open Cup is back on Wednesday when the LA Galaxy play host to their Western Conference rivals FC Dallas in the semifinals of the competition.
At this point in the tournament, the US Open Cup has to be priority for the LA Galaxy. The regular season is running out of games, and while the Galaxy look like strong bet to make the playoffs, this tournament offers Bruce Arena’s men a genuine chance at lifting some silverware.
Truth be told, Bruce Arena has never won the US Open Cup with the LA Galaxy. Like many MLS coaches, Bruce is generally reserved about the teams he fields in the US Open Cup. That trend looked to have continue until the quarterfinals, where Giovani dos Santos and Gyasi Zardes made the Galaxy bench. Given that there was increased value then and there will be an increased value now, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Galaxy with nearly all of their starters on Wednesday.
FC Dallas, however, promises stiffer opposition than any of the Galaxy’s previous opponents in the cup. Their current position in the league table of Western Conference leaders says so much of the real potential behind this team, but like with Bruce, the question being asked is that of who will Oscar Pareja line up with on Wednesday.
In any case, first-choice or not, the Galaxy and Dallas players have risen to the challenge, which is why they are where they are now. Both teams will sense it, and both teams will want to be lifting the trophy on September 21.
LA Galaxy 3-2 FC Dallas - September 28, 2015 - MLS
Giovani dos Santos, Robbie Keane, and Steven Gerrard all got on the scoreline as the Galaxy swept aside FC Dallas at home.
LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Diop; Garcia, Steres, Leonardo, Cole; Lletget, Husidic, De Jong, Boateng; Magee, Gordon
FC Dallas (4-2-3-1): Seitz; Harris, Zimmerman, David, Figueroa; Acosta, Gruezo; Hollingshead, Diaz, Barrios; Urruti