FULLERTON, Calif. (Saturday, October 27, 2001) - The Los Angeles Galaxy used a "Golden Goal" header from blue-haired defender Danny Califf in the 92nd minute to defeat the New England Revolution 2-1 in overtime today in front of 4,195 fans at the 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif.
The victory gave the Galaxy's their elusive first domestic championship, having been defeated in three previous attempts, most recently on Oct. 21 when they fell 2-1 in overtime to the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2001 MLS Cup in Columbus, Ohio. In two previous MLS championship game appearances, L.A. fell to D.C. United in both 1996 and 1999.
"The game last week was pretty emotional... it took us a while to get over that," said L.A. head coach Sigi Schmid, who won the prestigious CONCACAF Champions Cup on January 21. "But to be in three finals this year and win two of them is a great season for us."
Califf's dramatic goal came just two minutes into the first 15-minute overtime period, as the 21-year-old former Olympian leaped to head home a perfectly-placed corner kick from forward Cobi Jones.
"I couldn't ask for anything better," said Califf, who got redemption after getting beat on the winning goal in overtime of the 2001 MLS Cup less than a week ago. "Obviously last Sunday was a big disappointment, we just tried to grieve the first couple days. But after today, I'm just really happy."
New England opened the scoring in the first half after a foul by L.A. defender Peter Vagenas set up a free kick about 35 yards from the goal. Revolution forward Wolde Harris lined it up and spanked a low blast that caromed of the leg of an L.A. defender in the wall and skipped past wrong-footed Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman in the 30th minute. The goal was just the first shot by the Revolution in the match.
The Galaxy tied the match at 1-1 in the 70th minute on an impressive individual effort by lanky defender Ezra Hendrickson, who received a pass from Greg Vanney on the right side, charged into the box around New England midfielder Nick Downing and sent a looping shot that tucked into the side netting inside the far post.
The match marked the last professional soccer match in the remarkable career of defender Paul Caligiuri, a veteran of the U.S. Men's National Team who is best known for the "Shot Heard Round the World" - his game-winning goal versus Trinidad & Tobago in 1989 that helped the USA earn a spot in the 1990 World Cup. The 37-year-old veteran finished his international career in 1997 with 110 caps and five goals and has played professionally in MLS since its inception in 1996.
Dating back to 1914, the 88-year-old U.S. Open Cup is the oldest soccer cup competition in the United States and is among the oldest in the world. In 1999, the single-elimination tournament - open to all professional and amateur clubs in the United States affiliated with U.S. Soccer - was renamed the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to honor the long-time soccer supporter and pioneer.
U.S. OPEN CUP GAME REPORT
Participants: Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New England Revolution
Competition: Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final
Venue: Titan Stadium — Fullerton, Calif.
Date: Saturday, October 27 — kickoff 2:05 p.m. (PT)
Weather: 72 degrees; Overcast
Scoring Summary 1 - 2 - OT - F
L.A. Galaxy 0 - 1 - 1 - 2
N.E. Revolution 1 - 0 - 0 - 1
N.E. - Wolde Harris (unassisted), 30.
L.A. - Ezra Hendrickson (Greg Vanney), 70.
L.A. - Danny Califf (Cobi Jones), 92.
L.A. - 22-Kevin Hartman; 3- Greg Vanney, 20-Paul Caligiuri (19-Brian Mullan, 64), 23-Danny Califf, 17-Ezra Hendrickson; 12-Simon Elliott, 8-Peter Vagenas, 10-Mauricio Cienfuegos; 18-Adam Frye, 11- Sasha Victorine (30-Alexi Lalas, 91), 13-Cobi Jones (Capt.).
Subs Not Used: 1-Matt Reis, 6-Craig Waibel, 9-Brian Chin, 16-Alex Bengard, 25-Marvin Quijano.
N.E. - 25-Jose Fernandez; 8-Joe Franchino, 29-Mauricio Wright (Capt.), 2-Leo Cullen; 14-Leonel Alvarez, 6-Jay Heaps (ejected, 88), 19-Nick Downing (5-Ted Chronopolous, 78), 17-Brandon Cloutier, 10-Cate; 7-Andy Williams (12-Alan Woods, 61), 13-Wolde Harris (77-William Sunsing, 68).
Subs Not Used: 26-Jeff Causey, 3-Rusty Pierce, 20-Fernando Ortiz Solis, 33-Matt Okoh.
Statistical Summary: L.A. - N.E.
Shots 20 - 8
Saves 2 - 6
Corner Kicks 8 - 0
Fouls 12 - 10
Offsides 3 - 2
L.A. - Danny Califf (caution), 17.
N.E. - Jay Heaps (ejection), 88.
L.A. - Adam Frye (caution), 89.
Referee: Paul Tamberino (USA)
Assistant Referee #1: Craig Lowry (USA)
Assistant Referee #2: Robert Fereday (USA)
Fourth Official: Kevin Stott (USA)