COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Freddy Garcia's 30th-minute goal Thursday night propelled Columbus to a 1-0 triumph over the Los Angeles Galaxy, giving the Crew the 2002 U.S. Open Cup title.
The Crew collected the first trophy in the club's seven-year history by toppling the Galaxy, who captured their first MLS Cup championship Sunday.
The lone goal came when Brian West raced past defender Alexi Lalas and served a cross into the area. Goalkeeper Matt Reis got a piece of it but failed to hold it, and the ball dropped at Garcia's feet for a clinical finish.
The Crew improved their all-time home mark in the Open Cup to 7
MLS leading scorer and league Most Valuable Player Carlos Ruiz had few looks at goal for Los Angeles as the Guatemalan was contained well in midfield.
Early on, it appeared Los Angeles was going to grab the rare "double" by winning both major American soccer prizes -- achieved only twice in the Open Cup's 89-year history -- as the Galaxy's Cobi Jones, Ezra Hendrickson and Tyrone Marshall teamed well and almost victimized Crew right back Eric Denton.
Chris Albright also came close for the Galaxy after 25 minutes, when the forward was denied by goalkeeper Jon Busch from close range.
Columbus survived the latter stages with just 10 men as Chad McCarty was sent off for a challenge on Victorine. But Busch came up big, foiling Ruiz in stoppage time.
The U.S. Open Cup is the oldest soccer competition in the United States, dating to 1914. Open to all amateur and professional teams affiliated with the U.S. Soccer Federation, the annual event is a single-elimination tournament.