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LA Galaxy fall to San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 in Open Cup

Wondo brace too much for lethargic LA side

MLS: U.S. Open Cup-LA Galaxy at San Jose Earthquakes Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Galaxy were knocked out of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Monday night in San Jose as the Earthquakes dominated 3-2 at Avaya Stadium.

LA had a dream start in just the 3rd minute as Jelle Van Damme barreled into the area to slam home a Giovani dos Santos corner kick from close range, giving Van Damme his second goal in as many matches vs. the Quakes.

From that point however, the Earthquakes five man midfield ran circles around the Galaxy, as time and time again San Jose were able to tear apart LA on the attack. It was hardly a surprise when Tommy Thomson squared to Chris Wondolowski at the top of the area who fired a low left footed shot past a screened Brian Rowe and in.

Wondo completed his brace in the 51st minute, nodding home a brilliant floating cross from Tommy Thompson. And when Danny Hoesen took advantage of a poor Galaxy turnover to race in on the breakaway and bundled home past a stranded Rowe, a lethargic LA side looked doomed.

An Andrew Tarbell own goal gave LA hope, but San Jose were able to preserve the victory as the Galaxy head home empty handed.