U.S. edges Qatar on late goal to reach Gold Cup final against Mexico

AUSTIN, Texas — Gyasi Zardes scored in the 86th minute and the United States beat Qatar, 1-0, on Thursday night to reach the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Zardes, one of the few first-line U.S. players on a mostly junior varsity roster for this tournament, replaced Daryl Dike in the 63rd minute and combined with two other second-half subs, Nicholas Gioacchini and Eryk Williamson.

Gioacchini picked up a Qatari clearance attempt and fed Williamson, who returned the ball. Gioacchini passed to Zardes, and he scored with a right-footed shot from 7 yards, his 14th international goal and second of the tournament.

The 20th-ranked U.S. matched its record with 13 consecutive home wins and advanced to Sunday night’s final in Las Vegas against defending champion Mexico, which beat Canada, 2-1, in Houston.

CONCACAF filled out the field for the Gold Cup, the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean, with 2022 World Cup host Qatar as an invited guest.

Goalkeeper Matt Turner made three big first-half saves for the U.S.

Qatar had a chance to go ahead in the 61st minute but Hassan Al-Haydos sent a penalty kick over the crossbar following a foul by James Sands. Al-Haydos took a stutter step and tried to fool goalkeeper Matt Turner with a panenka, a soft shot down the middle.

Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, Zack Steffem, Josh Sargent and other U.S. regulars missed the Gold Cup for vacation followed by preseasons with their European clubs.

U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter started the same lineup in consecutive games for the first time since the 2019 Gold Cup semfinal and final.

The match was played at Q2 Stadium, which opened last month and will host the Americans’ World Cup qualifier against Jamaica on Oct. 7.

The U.S. beat Mexico in their last meeting in a dramatic finish to win the CONCACAF Nations League.

In the other semifinal …

Mexico 2, Canada 1: Orbelin Pineda scored on a penalty shot in first-half stoppage time, his fifth international goal and third of the tournament, and Tajon Buchanan tied the score in the 57th with his first goal. Héctor Herrera scored in the 10th minute of second-half stoppage time, his ninth international goal, for 10th-ranked Mexico.

VAR intervened to hand Mexico a chance from the penalty spot after a review confirmed a foul on Canada’s Donell Henry in the area and Pineda converted to put El Tri in front at the break.

Buchanan drew Canada level early in the second half with an excellent individual effort, picking up a long ball on the left edge of the area, beating his defender and firing past Mexico keeper Alfredo Talavera at the far post.

Mexico again benefitted from a video review, with Canada’s Mark-Anthony Kaye whistled for a foul on the edge of the box after a VAR check, but Maxime Crepeau saved Carlos Salcedo’s penalty shot to preserve the draw.

The match was stopped as the second half progressed because of an anti-gay chant from the Mexico fans, but play resumed shortly after.

Herrera pounced on a ball at the top of the area and fired home in stoppage time to hand Tata Martino’s team a berth in the title game after nearly 13 extra minutes that were at times very tense.

The Canadians were without striker Lucas Cavallini and defender Steven Vitoria due to yellow-card accumulation. They were also without forwards Cyle Larin and Ayo Akinola because of injuries.

Canada was in its first semifinal since 2007 and was seeking its first championship since 2000. The Canadians are the only country other than the U.S. and Mexico to win the tournament.

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U.S. edges Jamaica to reach CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals

ARLINGTON, Texas — Matthew Hoppe scored his first international goal on a header in the 83rd minute and the United States beat Jamaica, 1-0, Sunday night to reach the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Hoppe, making his second international appearance, nodded home a cross from Cristian Roldan from just inside the 6-yard box, and the U.S. eliminated the 45th-ranked Reggae Boyz for the third straight Gold Cup.

The 20th-ranked U.S. will face Qatar, an invited guest ahead of its hosting next year’s World Cup, on Thursday in Austin, Texas. It will be the 11th consecutive Gold Cup semifinal for the Americans, who last won in 2017 when they beat Jamaica in the final.

Goalkeeper Matt Turner had his third shutout in four matches.

U.S. Gregg Berhalter, using a mostly junior varsity roster, started just three players who see substantial playing time when first-choice players are on hand: Kellyn Acosta, Sebastian Lletget and Paul Arriola.

Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, Sergiño Dest, Zack Steffen and Josh Sargent were among the regulars who skipped the tournament for vacation followed by European preseasons.

In the opening game of the doubleheader, No. 70 Canada beat 50th-ranked Costa Rica, 1-0, to reach its first Gold Cup semifinal since 2007, when it lost to the U.S., 2-1.

Junior Hoilett scored in the 18th minute, his 13th international goal and second of the tournament, and Stephen Eustáquio added his third goal of the tournament in the 69th after the ball rebounded off Francisco Calvo and into his path.

Canada will meet defending champion Mexico on Thursday in Houston.

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Ricardo Pepi notches hat trick, FC Dallas blanks Galaxy 4-0

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Led by Ricardo Pepi’s three-goal performance, Dallas secured a 4-0 victory over the LA Galaxy on Saturday.

Pepi notched the first goal for Dallas (3-7-5) in the 27th minute, assisted by Andres Ricaurte. Pepi put Dallas ahead 2-0 in the 44th minute.

Pepi gave Dallas a 3-0 advantage in the 50th minute, assisted by Szabolcs Schon. Jader Obrian sealed the victory for Dallas in the 88th minute, assisted by Justin Che.

The Galaxy (8-6-1) outshot Dallas 12-7, with four shots on goal to five for Dallas.

Jimmy Maurer saved all four shots he faced for Dallas. Jonathan Bond saved one of the five shots he faced for the Galaxy.

Dallas’ next match is Saturday on the road against Sporting Kansas City. The Galaxy host the Portland Timbers on Friday.

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Shaq Moore scores 20 seconds in, US beats Canada 1-0 in Gold Cup

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Shaq Moore scored 20 seconds in and the United States beat Canada 1-0 Sunday to win Group B at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Moore’s goal was the fastest since U.S. records began in 1990. Clint Dempsey scored 30 seconds in against Ghana in the Americans’ 2014 World Cup opener.

Both nations already were assured of advancing. The U.S. finished atop its first-round group with a 3-0 record and will play its quarterfinal on July 25 at Arlington, Texas, against Costa Rica or Jamaica, both 2-0 going into their match Tuesday at Orlando, Florida. Canada finished the first round 2-1 and also will play Costa Rica or Jamaica.

The U.S. ended Canada’s team record eight-game winning streak. The U.S. is unbeaten against Canada in 20 home matches since 1957 and extended its winning streak against CONCACAF opponents to 13.

U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter is using a mostly junior varsity roster for the Gold Cup. Top players such as Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams and Zack Steffen will be on hand in when the U.S. hosts Canada in a World Cup qualifier on Sept. 5 at Nashville, Tennessee.

While Berhalter started two forwards in Daryl Dike and Gyasi Zardes, Canada dominated possession and had more scoring chances. Still, the U.S. improved to 38 wins, one loss and four draws in the Gold Cup group stage.

The U.S. scored when Kellyn Acosta passed wide to Sebastian Lletget, who one-timed a pass to the far post. The 24-year-old Moore got behind Tajon Buchanon and redirected the ball in from just inside the 6-yard box for his first international goal.

Walker Zimmerman captained the U.S. for the second straight game but hurt his right hamstring early and was replaced by Donovan Pines in the 15th minute.

After fielding a starting lineup against Martinique that averaged 23 years, 84 days, the Americans’ youngest in a competitive match since at least 1989, U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter changed four starters by inserting Sam Vines, Lletget, Acosta and Zardes.

Ayo Akinola started for Canada after making his debut against Haiti on Thursday, but he got hurt and was replaced by Jonathan Osorio in the 24th minute. The 21-year-old Akinola scored for the U.S. against El Salvador in his debut in December, then changed affiliation.

Matt Turner made saves against Cyle Larin in the 48th and Buchanon, his New England Revolution teammate, in the 48th. Reggie Cannon, recovered from a hamstring injury, made his first appearance of the tournament when he replaced Moore at right back in the 58th.

In Group A, Mexico beat El Salvador 1-0 at Dallas on Luis Rodríguez’s 26th-minute goal to win Group A with two wins and a draw.

Mexico will play its quarterfinal on July 24 in Glendale, Arizona, against the second-place team from Group D: Honduras, Panama or invited guest Qatar. El Salvador will play the Group D winner.

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Caicedo, Dájome score, Whitecaps beat Galaxy

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Déiber Caicedo and Cristian Dájome scored second-half goals and the Vancouver Whitecaps ended an eight-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy on Saturday night.

Dájome capped the scoring for the Whitecaps (4-7-3) in the 77th minute on a give-and-go with Brian White.

Caicedo tied it in the 48th with a low-hard volley to finish the rebound of a goalkeeper deflection.

Rayan Raveloson opened the scoring in the fifth minute for the Galaxy (8-6-0) with a header of Víctor Vázquez’s cross.

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Carlos Vela, Diego Rossi score as LAFC beats Real Salt Lake

  • Los Angeles FC midfielder Bryce Duke (19) movs the ball past a Real Salt Lake defender during the second half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Los Angeles FC defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC defender Moon-Hwan Kim (33) kicks the ball during the second half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Los Angeles FC defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC defender Moon-Hwan Kim (33) brings the ball up the pitch during the second half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Los Angeles FC defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC fans react during the second half on an MLS match between the Los Angeles FC and the Real Salt Lake at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Los Angeles FC defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Diego Rossi (9) brings the ball up the pitch against Real Salt Lake midfielder Everton Luiz (25) during the second half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Los Angeles FC defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Real Salt Lake goalkeeper David Ochoa (1) makes a save during the second half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Los Angeles FC defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela (10), center, is surrounded by teammates after scoring a goal against the Real Salt Lake during the second half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Los Angeles FC defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC midfielder Jose Cifuentes (11) winds up for a kick against the Real Salt Lake during the second half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Los Angeles FC defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Latif Blessing (7) headers the ball against Real Salt Lake forward Bobby Wood (7) during the second half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Los Angeles FC defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Smoke machines turn on after Los Angeles FC scores against the Real Salt Lake during the first half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Los Angeles FC defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC defender Marco Farfan (32) dribbles past Real Salt Lake forward Rubio Rubin (14) during the first half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Los Angeles FC defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Real Salt Lake midfielder Pablo Ruiz (6) tempts to slide tackle Los Angeles FC forward Raheem Edwards (44) during the first half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Los Angeles FC defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Diego Rossi (9) brings the ball down the pitch against Real Salt Lake midfielder Pablo Ruiz (6) during the first half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Los Angeles FC defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC midfielder Eduard Atuesta (20) kicks the the ball against the Real Salt Lake during the first half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Los Angeles FC defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC defender Moon-Hwan Kim (33) brings the ball toward the goal against Real Salt Lake defender Marcelo Silva (30) during the first half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Los Angeles FC defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela (10) battles Real Salt Lake defender Marcelo Silva (30) during the second half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Los Angeles FC defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Real Salt Lake goalkeeper David Ochoa (1) makes a save from a penalty kick by Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela (not pictured) during the second half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Los Angeles FC defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC head coach Bob Bradley looks on during the second half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Los Angeles FC defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela (10) headers the ball against Real Salt Lake defender Marcelo Silva (30) during the first half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC midfielder Eduard Atuesta (20) looks to pass the ball against the Real Salt Lake defenders during the first half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Diego Rossi (9) kicks the ball in for a goal against Real Salt Lake goalkeeper David Ochoa (1) during the first half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Diego Rossi (9) brings the ball up the pitch against the Real Salt Lake during the first half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Raheem Edwards (44) battles against Real Salt Lake defenders during the first half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela (10) kicks the ball toward the goal against the Real Salt Lake during the first half on an MLS match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

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The Los Angeles Football Club earned its third straight win, taking a 2-1 result over Real Salt Lake at Banc of California Stadium.

Goals by Diego Rossi and Carlos Vela — the dynamic duo that have combined for 101 regular season goals since joining forces in 2018 — made sure that a dominant effort did not go to waste.

Featuring the same starting lineup that earned 2-0 win in Austin ten days ago, LAFC outshot RSL 29-3 as the Black & Gold flirted with multiple finishes throughout the match.

“We had to work hard for it and it’s a night where certainly we could have scored more goals,” said LAFC head coach Bob Bradley.

Rossi put LAFC in front when he sliced through the RSL back line off a give-and-go with Jose Cifuentes in the tenth minute.

The 23-year-old Uruguayan held the ball on his right foot and hit a shot into the far corner that skipped past RSL goalkeeper David Ochoa, who was under the gun from the opening whistle.

The finish marked the first time this season that the 2020 MLS Golden Boot recipient scored in consecutive matches.

With Rossi and Vela pushing the attack, LAFC launched repeated sorties that prompted three quality saves by Ochoa in the first five minutes, and eight total in the game.

Ochoa’s work provided RSL a chance to equalize in the 18th minute when a defended LAFC corner kick turned into a quick counter that dusted the Black & Gold’s defense.

RSL midfielder Everton Luiz faded the ball with the outside of his right foot and freed defender Aaron Herrera to take on LAFC goalie Tomas Romero, who had moved forward to close out the play. Herrera coolly finished his first goal in Major League Soccer to even the score.

LAFC’s attack remained relentless for the rest of the opening half. Outshot 11 to 1 through 45 minutes, including a volley off the crossbar by Vela and several dangerous sequences by darting winger Kim Moon-Hwan, RSL leaned on Ochoa, a 20-year-old native of Oxnard who started in 11 of RSL’s 12 matches this year, to keep it close.

With an hour gone, Ochao stuffed a penalty off of Vela’s gilded left foot. Diving low and to his left, Ochoa stopped the attempt, which was given following a hand ball in the box on the RSL goal scorer Herrera.

Wave after wave pushed forward for LAFC and in the 79th minute it paid off when Vela scored his second goal of 2021.

With RSL backed up, Vela crossed the ball to Moon on the right side. The South Korean defender, making his fifth straight start, lofted it back across to Vela, who by then had moved into the box. The Mexican forward chested the ball down and smashed a volley that the RSL goalkeeper, standing at the near post, couldn’t save.

“We haven’t had a home game in a while so us coming home and putting on a display for the fans is something we’re really happy with,” said Moon-Hwan, whose assist, his first for LAFC, gave the announced crowd of 22,490 what it was waiting for. “Vela did me a solid and put the ball in for me.”

Vela, the LAFC captain, nearly secured his second goal five minutes later when he hit the post on a sneaky attempt with the outside of his left foot, one of his eight shots on the night.

The victory was LAFC’s second over RSL (4-4-4, 16 points) this month, and pushed the Black & Gold to 21 points after 13 matches.

“The most important win is in the next one, that’s how it works,” Bradley said. “I thought we played really well tonight and it didn’t come easy. Sometimes you’ve got a game where even if you play well you have to fight to get a result at the end.

“You can sense things are taking hold with the way collectively they are pushing things everyday.”

LAFC travels to Portland on Wednesday before two matches at Banc of California Stadium close out the month of July.

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Galaxy gets a bounce-back win against FC Dallas

  • Galaxy defender Nick DePuy leaps to kick the ball during the second half of Wednesday’s match against FC Dallas in Carson. The Galaxy won, 3-1. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • FC Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer (20) makes a save during the first half of an MLS soccer game against the Galaxy Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget, center, controls the ball against FC Dallas midfielder Edwin Cerrillo, right, during the first half of an MLS soccer game Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • FC Dallas forward Franco Jara (29) shoots past Galaxy defender Julian Araujo (2) during the second half of an MLS soccer game Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget, left, kicks the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer game against the FC Dallas Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Carson, Calif. FC Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira (9) is second from right. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Galaxy midfielder Rayan Raveloson (6) celebrates after scoring a goal during the first half of an MLS soccer game against FC Dallas Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • FC Dallas forward Jader Obrian (7) pulls the jersey of Galaxy midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) during the second half of an MLS soccer game Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Galaxy defender Nick DePuy, left, midfielder Sacha Kljestan, right, and FC Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira, center, battle for the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer game Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget (17) celebrates with midfielder Kevin Cabral (9) after Cabral scored a goal during the first half of an MLS soccer game against FC Dallas Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget, front, celebrates with midfielder Kevin Cabral after Cabral scored a goal during the first half of their 3-1 victory over FC Dallas on Wednesday night in Carson. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Galaxy players celebrate their 3-1 victory over FC Dallas after their MLS soccer game Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • A fan waves a flag in the stands before Wednesday’s match between the L.A. Galaxy and FC Dallas on Wednesday night in Carson. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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CARSON — Any question as to whether the Galaxy could score with Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez missing his second consecutive game was answered early Wednesday.

Hernandez injured his calf while warming up for Sunday’s game against Sporting Kansas City, a game in which the Galaxy was shut out.

On Wednesday night, the wait for a goal wasn’t long.

Rayan Raveloson, in his second game with the Galaxy, opened the scoring against FC Dallas by soaring for a header off of a corner kick in the 17th minute. Ten minutes later, Kevin Cabral scored his first goal as a member of the Galaxy.

The early offense proved to be a much-needed boost, sending the Galaxy (8-4, 24 points) to a 3-1 victory in front of 16,453 at Dignity Health Sports Park.

The Galaxy remains in third place in the Western Conference, behind Seattle (29 points) and Kansas City (24 points).

“We rewarded ourselves for the opportunities that we were created. I thought the first half was well-played and the rewards were there because of the way we played,” Galaxy coach Greg Vanney said. “The second half it was good to get that third goal, a little bit against the play, a little bit some hard work from Ethan (Zubak) to track one down and put the center back under some pressure and just because he put in the shift, he got the opportunity to put it away.

“In the end, great effort to see the game out by the guys in a tough turnaround and a good bounce back from the game the other day.”

The starting lineup that Vanney sent out Wednesday had managed just three goals this season (two from Sacha Kljestan and one from Sebastian Lletget).

Even though Cabral has played just seven games, he had created several golden opportunities this season and, as Vanney said Tuesday, had found himself in good position several times but had yet to score.

He finally got in the books after taking a perfect cut-back pass from Lletget. Cabral was alone inside the 18-yard line and slotted the ball inside the near post.

In Sunday’s game against Kansas City, the Galaxy had just six available substitutes, and the Galaxy again entered a game short of healthy bodies. The roster was missing 10 players to injury, suspension or international duty. Earlier in the day, the Galaxy signed Daniel Aguirre and Josh Drack from Galaxy II in an attempt to add depth.

In the 71st minute against Dallas, the visitors spoiled what would have been the perfect evening for the Galaxy as Franco Jara scored to cut the margin to 3-1.

Zubak had given the Galaxy a 3-0 lead in the 51st minute thanks to some careless Dallas defense. Ryan Hollingshead tried to play a long aerial ball back to his goalkeeper, but the attempt was short, allowing Zubak to race in, dribble away and shoot into the open net.

The win continues the Galaxy’s streak of bouncing back after a loss. The team has followed each of its four defeats this season with a win in the following game.

“The guys had a strong mentality and they came out with the endeavor to push for the game, to go get a result,” Vanney said. “Ultimately, the ability to bounce from losses is to know who you are and know what it is that makes you successful and how you want to play and you never lose track of that.

“When things don’t go the way you want, you can always find that foundation and build off that again and this group has. … That’s part of the process of learning exactly who you are and how you get results, and this group has taken that on fast and it’s been an enjoyable process and we still think we have a lot of space we can continue to grow.”

The Galaxy will be off until July 17, when the team plays at Vancouver to begin a stretch of three straight road games.

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US women defeat Mexico 4-0 in final tune-up before Olympics

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Tobin Heath scored her second goal in as many games and the United States beat Mexico 4-0 on Monday in the American women’s final match before the Olympics.

The United States is undefeated in 44 straight matches, the second-longest unbeaten streak in team history. The Americans also extended their winning streak against Mexico to 15 games and improved to 39-1-1 overall. The lone U.S. loss in the series was in a 2010 World Cup qualifier.

U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski continued to fine-tune his lineups in advance of the Olympics later this month. The United States, a four-time gold medal winner, is aiming to become the first team to follow a World Cup title with an Olympic gold medal.

“I feel good,” Andonovski said. “Very excited about the trip. Obviously I feel like we’re prepared. I feel like we are moving in the right direction and slowly but surely fulfilling all the tasks necessary to be fully prepared for the Olympics.”

Heath started after coming off the bench and scoring in the United States’ first send-off game against Mexico on Thursday, which the Americans also won 4-0. She hadn’t played for some six months because of injury.

Carli Lloyd got the start Monday in place of Alex Morgan, and midfielder Rose Lavelle got the nod while Kristie Mewis and Megan Rapinoe were available off the bench.

Rapinoe, Mewis and Morgan all started the second half.

The United States scored all its goals in the first half. Horan scored on a volley in the sixth minute, followed by Lloyd’s diving header in the 11th.

“You guys don’t know how often I work on volleys, they’re my favorite shot to hit,” Horan said. “So yeah, I was a little excited when that opportunity came. Thank goodness I didn’t miss it.”

After an own-goal in the 37th minute, Heath scored in the 39th.

“The energy is really high, the environment feels really great,” defender Becky Sauerbrunn said. ”The form on the field, I think there are still things that we’re just narrowing down, and to me it’s always going to be about precision. But I think we’ve made a lot of strides, especially in the final third, with that precision.”

Horan was seen with ice on her knee, but Andonovski said after the game that it wasn’t a concern.

Next up for the United States is the Tokyo Olympics. The Americans play Sweden — the team that knocked them out of the 2016 Games in the quarterfinals — to open the tournament on July 21.

The team will not have any scrimmages against other teams before the opener because of COVID-19 protocols.

Julie Ertz, who did not play in the send-off series because of a knee injury, should be available to play, Andonovski said.

Mexico did not make the field of 12 teams for the Tokyo Games.

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Galaxy loses Chicharito Hernandez before the game, falls to Sporting Kansas City

CARSON >> It was a costly night for the Galaxy, with the first loss coming before the start of the game against Sporting Kansas City.

During warm-ups before the start of Sunday’s game against Sporting Kansas City, Galaxy forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez was forced out of the lineup due to a calf injury. The club said the move was precautionary, but with it, went the offense.

Ethan Zubak replaced Hernandez in the starting lineup, leaving the Galaxy with just six available substitutes, with one being goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann. Entering the game, the Galaxy had scored 17 goals, with Hernandez accounting for 10.

Despite the absence of Chicharito, the Galaxy was the dangerous team in the first half and for most of the second half, but in the end Johnny Russell’s 81st minute goal proved to be the decider giving SKC a 2-0 road win in front of 23,556.

“We have to score,” Galaxy coach Greg Vanney said. “Doesn’t matter how well you play, in some ways we’re in a process and we’re trying to teach, to get everybody on the same page, we’re bringing new guys in …there is something to take away from the game because we did do a lot of things well over the course of the game, but at the end of the day, we want to win the game.

“We don’t want to keep talking about moral performance victories …We need to score, we deserve to take something from this game.”

The Galaxy (7-4) remains in third place in the Western Conference on 21 points, now five points behind Seattle and SKC (26 points)

The teams didn’t meet last season. In 2019, the Galaxy won both meetings (7-2 and 2-0).

They will meet again Oct. 27 in Kansas City.

Russell’s goal overshadowed the fact that the Galaxy had the better run of things throughout the game, but with Hernandez, getting the ball into the net proved to be a challenging task. The Galaxy had five shots on goal in the first half, compared to none for SKC.

For every promising push forward, the Galaxy would see things fizzle out, either on a save by SKC goalkeeper Tim Melia or a miscommunication between the midfield and the forwards.

Hernandez’s injury wasn’t the only one that hit the Galaxy. Center back Sega Coulilbaly was subbed off in the 40th minute due to a right abductor injury. He was replaced by Adam Saldana.

With the short bench, the Galaxy didn’t have a defender available on the bench, so Coulilbaly’s injury forced Rayan Raveloson, who was making his debut, to drop back to the back line, with Saldana taking his place in the defensive midfield.

Late in the second half, with the Galaxy chasing the game, SKC’s Khiry Shelton put it away late into extra time.

Sunday was the first game of a six-game month for the Galaxy and the first one with the roster affected by the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Efrain Alvarez and Jonathan dos Santos (Mexico), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Costa Rica) and Oniel Fisher (Jamaica) were all unavailable due national team duties.

The Galaxy has a short turnaround this week, with FC Dallas visiting Wednesday and after the that, the club will be off until July 17.

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Cifuentes scores, LAFC beats Salt Lake for 1st road win

SANDY, Utah (AP) — José Cifuentes scored in the 69th minute and Los Angeles FC beat Real Salt Lake 1-0 on Saturday night for its first road victory of the season.

Cifuentes finished Eddie Segura’s cross from just behind the penalty spot into the right corner. Carlos Vela played a heel flick to Segura to get him an opening on the right side of the area.

Three minutes later, Segura made the defensive play of the match for LAFC (4-4-3), clearing off the line a sure goal by Rubio Rubín.

Real Salt Lake (3-3-4) was shut out for the second time this season.

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