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Galaxy gets the business done in Honduras
by Paul Kennedy, October 21st, 2011 1:28AM

TAGS:  college men


[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] The Los Angeles Galaxy added a berth in the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Champions League to its MLS Supporters' Shield among its 2011 accomplishments as a first-half goal from Brazilian Juninho was enough to give it the 1-0 win it needed to advance.

The Colorado Rapids weren't so lucky as Isidro Metapan of El Salvador beat Real Espana, 3-2, and claimed second place in Group B. Metapan joins four teams from Mexico and three MLS teams in the final eight.

Juninho hit a looping shot from distance that gave Motagua keeper Kerpo De Leon no chance.

The Honduran team created a number of chances, but Josh Saunders was up to the task in the Galaxy goal.

David Beckham
played the entire game for the Galaxy. Landon Donovan, recovering from a quad injury, came on midway through the second half. Irish international Robbie Keane (adductor strain) was rested.

The Rapids needed for Metapan and Real Espana to tie to claim second place and join the Galaxy, Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders as the MLS representatives in the quarterfinals.

Motagua-Galaxy highlights:

Day 6 Results:
Oct. 20
Group A
Motagua 0 Los Angeles Galaxy 1
LA: Juninho 28

Group B
Isidro Metapan 3 Real Espana 2.
MET: Rodolfo Suarez 50
RE: Edder Delgado 56
MET: Ramon Sanchez 68
RE: Maynor Martinez 90
MET: Rodolfo Suarez Diaz 82

Oct. 19
Group B
Santos 2 Colorado Rapids 0
SAN: Aaron Galindo 55
SAN: Alonso Escoboza 66

Group C
UNAM 1 Tauro FC 0
UNAM: Juan Cacho 44

Group D
Herediano 4 Comunicaciones 1

COM: Carlos Mejia 6
HER: Jorge Barbosa 13
HER: Jorge Barbosa 41
HER: Cristian Montero 48
HER: Jose Cordero 61

Oct. 18
Group A
Morelia 2 Alajuelense 1.

ALA: Pablo Daniel Antonio Gabas 36
MOR: Joao Rojas 55
MOR: Miguel Sabah 58

Group C
FC Dallas 0 Toronto FC 3.
FCD: Danny Koevermans 28
FCD: Joao Plata 69
FCD: Joao Plata 80

Group D
Seattle Sounders 1 Monterrey 2.
MON: Abraham Dario Carreo 2
SEA: Fredy Montero 41
MON: Cesar Delgado 60

*Clinched quarterfinal berths.

Final Standings:
Group A
12 *Morelia 4-0-2 11/5
12 *Los Angeles Galaxy 4-0-2 8/4
12 Alajuelense 4-0-2 8/6
0 Motagua 0-0-6 2/12
Group B

13 *Santos 4-1-1 16/6
9 *Isidro Metapan 2-0-3 10/15
7 Colorado Rapids 2-1-3 9/12
5 Real Espana 1-2-3 9/11
Group C

11 *UNAM 3-2-1 8/2
10 *Toronto FC 3-1-2 7/7
7 FC Dallas 2-1-3 6/11
5 Tauro FC 1-2-3 7/8
Group D
12 *Monterrey 4-0-2 11/4
10 *Seattle Sounders 3-1-2 10/6
7 Comunicaciones 2-1-2 11/12
6 Herediano 2-0-4 6/11

  1. Philippe Fontanelli
    commented on: October 21, 2011 at 4:10 p.m.
    The Galaxy was very lucky to survive the barrage of the Motagua's attacks. They were outshot at least 3 to 1 if not 4 to 1. Jsut look at the best team in the MLS struggling against a team with zero point in their group. This team w/o a healthy Donovan and Beckham "forget about it" as we say it in Italian. Donovan late entrance didn't help (he seemed still not fit)and Beckham was off his game his passes and free kicks all went astray. The Galaxy forward line and midfield were non-existent. Bruce Arena just like Bradley are college coaches at best and do not understand thee game at all. If you have have noticed the opposition team went with a whirlwind of attacks forward they were only missing the finishing. I am sure they had the advantage of possession. The Galaxy moved with constant back passing not showing any iniative of the attack. this team needs a forward. With Donovan, Beckham and Keane I would love to see the young Agudelo. The Red Bull are not using him and the Galaxy should pick him on a trade for Barrett, Magee, Cristman and a bunch of others.

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