Jaqua helps Sounders outshine Galaxy’s stars

TUKWILA – A sizzling start by Nate Jaqua and a late, clinching goal by Lamar Neagle carried Sounders FC to a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy in a quarterfinal match of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday before a sellout crowd of 4,322 at Starfire Sports Stadium.

The Sounders move on to face FC Dallas in a semifinal match Aug. 30 at Starfire.

It was the second consecutive season that the two-time defending U.S. Open Cup champion Sounders ousted the Galaxy in the quarterfinal round.

Unlike last season, Los Angeles coach Bruce Arena started some of his stars, including midfielders Landon Donovan and Juninho.

It was Seattle that came out sizzling, however.

Jaqua put a header off an upright in the third minute. Just a minute later, he connected from about 10 yards to give the Sounders a 1-0 lead.

That lead doubled in the 25th minute, and Jaqua was involved again, this time passing to Fredy Montero, who finished from about 15 yards.

Down 2-0, the Galaxy seemed to find itself in the final minutes of the first half. Los Angeles got back into the game in the 40th minute, when Chris Birchall crossed a ball into the box and Adam Cristman ran on and slammed it into the back of the net past Sounders goalkeeper Terry Boss, cutting Seattle’s lead to 2-1 at the half.

The Sounders reclaimed their two-goal lead in the 74th minute, when Alvaro Fernandez stole the ball at midfield and created space for himself with a nice inside move. He then passed to Neagle, who finished it, putting Seattle up 3-1.

Next on the schedule for Seattle is a return to MLS play. The Colorado Rapids visit CenturyLink Field at 1 p.m. Saturday. twitter/donruiztnt