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Monterrey's lightning bolts stun Galaxy
by Paul Kennedy, April 4th, 2013 1:11AM

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[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Two-time defending champion Monterrey punished the LA Galaxy with a pair of lightning bolts late in the game to rally for a 2-1 win that puts it on course to return to the final. Few could deny that the results of Tuesday and Wednesday point to a Monterrey-Santos repeat in the final in a crushing blow for MLS hopes.

The league had cleared the deck for the Galaxy and Seattle Sounders to have this weekend off in anticipation of next week's second legs, but both teams will head to Mexico with deficits to make up.

In the case of the Galaxy and its fans -- the game drew a CCL-high of 21,745 at the Home Depot Center -- that deficit is all the more painful because it didn't need to be.

A.J. DeLaGarza put the Galaxy in the first half, and the MLS club continued to control the tempo into the second half. But Juninho went off injured and Landon Donovan had a subdued game after coming on for Jose Villarreal.

Humberto Suazo scored the equalizer in the 82nd minute when he sneaked past Leonardo to put away a rebound of rebound of Aldo de Nigris' shot. And as stoppage time began, de Nigris caught Omar Gonzalez napping and beat Galaxy goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini for the winning goal.



2 comments
  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: April 4, 2013 at 9:14 p.m.
    Several days ago one of the SA writers, Mahoney? said that in order for the LAG to win it had to dominate the midfield, and lo and behold, both Monterrey's goals developed from MF lapses enabling their forwards to slice, cut, and chop the Galaxy defense.... something they've now allowed the opposition to do during several games. However, for while it looked like Keane and Donovan were about to increase their lead, but both of them literally appeared to take their time and didn't shoot when they had the chance. Further, on more than several ocassions, I saw both Keane and LD virtually stand and not chase down the opponent or pressure them and the ball, as if they expected the midfielders to slow them down. All in all, the LAG will need something short of a miracle in Monterrey 'cause they aren't going to sit back on their laurels and bunker down. so short story short, the SA writer was spot on, now let's see if his predictions of an LAG "Miracle in Monterrey" comes to fruition next week, though as it is wont to say "Hope springs eternal!"

  1. soccer talk
    commented on: April 4, 2013 at 10:06 p.m.
    Total choke in last 10 mins after controlling game by Galaxy. Great subs and attack mode even while being down by Monterey.


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