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LA Galaxy wins the penalty that should have been awarded to New York Red Bulls, still loses in US Open Cup to FC Dallas

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We have FC Dallas to thank for making sure this cruel irony was not rewarded.

The New York Red Bulls returned from LA with a good deal of injury - literal and metaphorical. Banged up by the Galaxy and repeatedly ignored by referee Hilario Grajeda, the team had much about which to be justifiably aggrieved.

Among the list of grievances, Grajeda's denial of two clear penalties (he also denied LA an equally compelling shout) that might have settled the match in RBNY's favor.

One of them looked like this:

As chance would have it, LA Galaxy was back in action in mid-week, playing FC Dallas in US Open Cup. In extra time, with scores tied 0-0, this happened:

It was called a penalty because of course it was called a penalty. It was a penalty on Sunday. It was still a penalty on Wednesday.

The incident did not go unnoticed.

Fortunately, LA's considerable luck (the team's progress in this year's USOC was facilitated by a disgraceful episode against amateur side La Maquina) finally ran out before the end of extra time. FCD snatched two goals off set pieces to win the game.

Congrats, FCD.