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No miracle in Monterrey
by Paul Kennedy, April 11th, 2013 12:45AM

TAGS:  concacaf champions league, los angeles galaxy, mexico


[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] There was no miracle in Monterrey. Despite the insertion of Landon Donovan in the starting lineup for the first time this season, the LA Galaxy fell to two-time defending champion Monterrey, 1-0, and went out in the semifinals of the Concacaf Champions League, 3-1, on aggregate. The result will leave the Galaxy ruing its late collapse in the first leg when it let slip away a 1-0 advantage.

The Galaxy had plenty of the ball in the second leg at the Estadio Tecnologico, but it could not create enough good chances to threaten Monterrey. Its best chance came in the 31st minute when Omar Gonzalez's shot was poked away by Juan de Dios Ibarra.

Aldo de Nigris finally put the series beyond reach when he scored through the legs of goalie Carlo Cudicini in the 80th minute.

While Donovan played the full 90 minutes, he once again had a subdued game. The Galaxy was only missing Mike Magee, who sat out the game with soreness in his leg.

Monterrey's victory sets up a repeat of last year's Concacaf Champions League against Santos, the fourth all-Mexican final in five years.

The only non-Mexican team to reach the final is Real Salt Lake, which fell to Monterrey in 2011.

April 10 in Monterrey
Monterrey 1 LA Galaxy 0. Goal: De Nigris 80.
Monterrey -- Ibarra; Meza (Lopez 88), Basanta, Mier, Chavez, Cardozo (Solis 89), Zavala, Ayovi, Delgado (Corona 90), Suazo, de Nigris.
LA Galaxy -- Cudicini; DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Leonardo (McBean 80), Dunivant (Magee 60), Franklin, Sarvas, Stephens (Villarreal 69), Juninho, Donovan, Keane.

1 comment
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: April 11, 2013 at 10:33 a.m.
    Monterrey was the better team on the night...purposeful and effective.

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