Bruce Arena has coached in a World Cup quarterfinal and three MLS Cup championship games in the last two decades. Where he hasn’t been since 1997, however, is to the final four of the U.S. Open Cup.
That skid ended Wednesday when Arena’s Galaxy twice overcame deficits to beat the Seattle Sounders, 4-2, in a tournament quarterfinal at the StubHub Center.
The spark for that comeback was ignited in the 74th minute when Arena brought Giovani dos Santos and Gyasi Zardes off his bench. Over the next 14 minutes, Dos Santos scored one goal while Zardes assisted on a pair by Sebastian Lletget.
“You roll the dice sometimes,” Arena said. “Obviously we injected those players in...