Herculez Gomez put home the game-winner in the 25th minute with a beautifully executed side volley from 12 yards out as Chris Albright broke free of his defender near the touchline on the right side of the area and chipped a cross to the unmarked Gomez.
"Chris Albright played in a pretty great ball," Gomez said. "It was just sitting up there. This is what dreams are made of."
The goal for Gomez was his sixth in the 2005 Open Cup, tying for the competitions top scoring honors for the year with Melvin Tarley of the Minnesota Thunder who also had six goals.
Los Angeles controlled most of the game, and at times forced FC Dallas goalkeeper Scott Garlick to keep his team in the game with acrobatic saves, ending up with six on the night.
- 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final Match Report -
Match-up: FC Dallas vs. Home Depot Center
Date: September 28, 2005
Competition: 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Venue: The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. PT
Weather: 85 degrees, clear skies
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
FC Dallas 0 0 0
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 0 1
LAG – Herculez Gomez (Chris Albright) 25th minute.
LAG – 22-Kevin Hartman; 5-Chris Albright, 2-Todd Dunivant, 15-Ugo Ihemelu, 14-Tyrone Marshall; 10-Landon Donovan, 13-Cobi Jones, 8-Pete Vagenas, 99-Marcelo Saragosa; 16-Herculez Gomez (3-Michael Umana, 90), 18-Joseph Ngwenya (21-Alan Gordon, 90)
Subs not used: 29-Ednaldo da Conceicao, 11-Ned Grabavoy, 17-Guillermo Ramirez, 12-Troy Roberts
Head Coach: Steve Sampson
Subs not used: 4-Chris Gbandi, 14-Drew Moor
Head Coach: Colin Clarke
Stats Summary: FCD LAG
Shots 9 18
Saves 6 1
Corner Kicks 8 6
Fouls 23 16
Offsides 0 4
DAL – Bobby Rhine (Caution) 9th minute
DAL – Clarence Goodson (caution) 59.
DAL – Mark Wilson (caution) 59.
LAG – Joseph Ngwenya 59.
LAG – Herculez Gomez 69.
Referee: Arkadiusz Prus
Senior Assistant Referee: Nathan Clement
Junior Assistant Referee: Kermit Quisenberry
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo
Man of the Match: Herculez Gomez