TUKWILA - Nate Jaqua scored two second-half goals to give the Seattle Sounders a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday night in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals at Starfire Sports Complex.
The win sends Seattle, the defending Cup champion, into the semifinals for the fourth consecutive year. Seattle’s semifinal will be Sept. 1 against Chivas USA, which earned its spot Tuesday with a 3-1 win over the Houston Dynamo.
In the 50th minute, rookie forward Miguel Montano took a shot that bounced off the underside of the crossbar, but Jaqua was right there to put it into a wide-open net.
Midway through the 62nd minute, a Montano cross from the left side floated right to Jaqua on the far side of the box, and his diving header beat Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders to the back left corner.
Terry Boss earned the shutout for Seattle in place of usual starting goalkeeper Kasey Keller.
Both teams kept most of their starters on the sidelines. The Galaxy’s two World Cup players for the United States, Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle, didn’t even dress for the game.
The Sounders have struggled to a 4-8-3 record in MLS play this season. Los Angeles has dominated MLS play this year with an 11-1-3 record — including a 3-1 rout of Seattle on Sunday in Carson, Calif.