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Leagues Cup

The LA Galaxy and Club Tijuana blessed the fledgling Leagues Cup with a dose of drama on Tuesday night.

Settling their quarterfinal matchup with a penalty-kick shootout after they finished regulation time deadlocked at 2-2, Galaxy goalkeeper Matt Lampson saved three spot kicks and Giancarlo Gonzalez blasted the winner into the top right corner to see the Los Angeles side into the tournament's semifinals. 

Emmanuel Boateng opened the night's scoring when a shot by Kai Koreniuk took a heavy deflection off his torso and wrongfooted Xolos goalkeeper Gibran Lajud on its way into the net. Tijuana replied almost immediately, however, as Ariel Nahuelpan fired the equalizer into an empty net after a strong spell of passing and movement tore open the Galaxy defense.

Washington Camacho pushed the Baja Californians in front with a firm, one-time finish after a late run into the box shorty before the halftime break. That lead was erased early in the second stanza, when a lightly-marked Dave Romney thumped Efra Alvarez's well-delivered corner kick past Lajud from close range. 

Chances went begging at both ends before the full-time whistle blew, which in this event's format was followed immediately by the shootout, where the Galaxy held their nerve to survive and advance.

BOX SCORE

LA Galaxy: Lampson, Araujo, González, Romney, Skjelvik, Carrasco, Cuello, Boateng, Álvarez, Koreniuk (Tchilao, 62’), Zubak (Hillard-Arce, 90+6’)

Goals: Boateng (27’), Romney (54’)

Bookings: Araujo (51’, 90+3), Tchilao (90’)

Club Tijuana: Lajud, Mendoza, Velázquez, Braghieri, Rivero, Bolaños, Miranda, Balanta, Camacho (Torres, 85’), Sanvezzo (Sepúlveda, 75’), Nahuelpán

Goals: Nahuelpán (33’), Camacho (45’)

Booking: Sanvezzo (73’)