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U.S. OPEN CUP

September 6, 2006
U.S. OPEN CUP
Fire, Galaxy advance to finals


CHICAGO FIRE 3, D.C. UNITED 0
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. Rookie Calen Carr scored two late goals, leading the Chicago Fire to a 3-0 win over D.C. United in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open Cup at Toyota Park Wednesday night.

Justin Mapp started things off for the Fire in the 58th minute. Chris Armas sent a long ball up field to Mapp, who was running up the right side. Mapp bounced ball into the net.

In the 75th Carr took over. Nate Jaqua passed the ball to Carr, who made a run. He dodged a defender ran toward the right side of the box and shot as he was falling to the ground. The ball soared behind stunned United keeper Troy Perkins and into the net.

In the 91st minute Carr again dodged a defender. He moved to the left, found himself some space and sent a high ball into the net for a 3-0 lead.

The Fire will host the final of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match Sept. 27th at 7:00 p.m. CT against the Los Angeles Galaxy.


LOS ANGELES GALAXY 3, HOUSTON DYNAMO 1
CARSON, Calif. Landon Donovan and Alan Gordon scored first-half goals as the Galaxy beat the Houston Dynamo 3-1 in a U.S. Open Cup semifinal on Wednesday at Home Depot Center.

The Galaxy reached its fourth final in six years.

In the sixth minute, Donovan floated a corner kick to the front of the goal. Gordon rose over three bodies, including teammate Ugo Ihemelu, and knocked the header into the goal.

Dwayne DeRosario created the Dynamo goal in the 11th minute, collecting a ball that had hit the corner flag, and unloaded a swerving rocket on goal. Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman dove but only could only slow the ball as it trickled over the goal line.

In the 43rd, Donovan nestled the free kick into the far corner of net, and then in the 90th minute, Santino Quaranta bagged a goal when he chipped a shot from the left side of the penalty area over Onstad.

   
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