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SOCCER

Galaxy to face D.C. United in SuperLiga semifinals

August 02, 2007|Grahame L. Jones | Times Staff Writer

TORONTO -- The Galaxy will play D.C. United in the semifinals of soccer's SuperLiga tournament at 7 p.m. on Aug. 15 at the Home Depot Center.

That pairing was confirmed Wednesday night when the eight-team tournament's final two first-round games were played.

At Robertson Stadium in Houston, the Dynamo defeated D.C. United, 1-0, in front of 11,013 on a 50th-minute goal by U.S. national team forward Brian Ching.

The victory earned Houston first place in Group B. It will play Pachuca of Mexico in the other SuperLiga semifinal on Aug. 14 in Houston. That pits the defending champions of Major League Soccer and the Mexican league. Pachuca finished second behind the Galaxy in Group A.

Morelia of Mexico had a chance to win Group B, but the Monarcos were defeated, 3-2, by Club America on Wednesday night in front of 10,623 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., and failed to reach the semifinals.

Club America built a 2-0 lead on goals by Juan Mosqueda and Salvador Cabanas, but Gonzalo Choy and Luis Landin scored six minutes apart in the second half to tie it up before Federico Insua scored the winner for Club America in the 85th minute.

The inaugural edition of the SuperLiga tournament offers $2.5 million in prize money, with the winner of the Aug. 29 final, at a site to be determined, receiving $1 million.

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grahame.jones@latimes.com

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