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Galaxy shows off depth
by Ridge Mahoney, September 19th, 2013 12:56AM

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[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Week 4] Laboring through a crowded stretch of five games in 16 days, the Galaxy rested many starters yet still had enough quality to beat Isidro Metapan, 1-0, in a Concacaf Champions League match Wednesday at StubHub Center.

Ex-Chivas USA midfielder Laurent Courtois, making just his second appearance since signing with the Galaxy in July, netted the only goal in the sixth minute. Backup keeper Brian Rowe posted three saves to earn the shutout as Los Angeles finished with a 15-12 edge in shots.

Courtois, 34, came to MLS in 2011 and played 33 games for Chivas USA prior to his release at the end of June. His only appearance for the Galaxy prior to the CCL match was a league game against Vancouver July 20. He lined up in midfield with Michael Stephens and Pablo Mastroeni in a 4-3-3 formation that featured Jack McBean, Chandler Hoffman and Jose Villarreal up top.

The Galaxy scored from a Greg Cochrane throw-in that Villarreal relayed to Courtois, who first-timed a shot from the left flank inside the far post. Metapan goalkeeper Henry Hernandez fended off numerous Galaxy efforts to increase its lead: he stymied Courtois and Hoffman later in the first half, denied Villarreal early in the second half, and stoned substitute Gyasi Zardes from close range in the final minutes.

Balls played over the top gave Galaxy centerbacks Tommy Meyer and Kofi Opare some problems, with Nicolas Munoz -- who hit the underside of the crossbar with a shot as the offside flag went up – particularly troublesome. Yet both Meyer and Opare came up with vital blocks that enabled the Galaxy (2-0-0) to take over first place in Group 8.

The Galaxy will clinch a spot in the CCL quarterfinals if it can at least tie second-place Cartagines (1-1-1), which it plays in Costa Rica next week. Isidro Metapan (0-2-1) cannot advance.

A busy schedule continues Saturday when the Galaxy hosts Seattle in a Western Conference showdown at StubHub Center.

Sept. 18 in Carson, Calif.
Los Angeles Galaxy 1, Isidro Metapan 0.
LA: Laurent Courtois (Jose Villarreal) 6.
Att.: 6,211.

CCL WEEK 4: Results
Wednesday, September 18
LA Galaxy (USA) 1 Isidro Metapan (SLV) 0
Caledonia AIA (TRI) 1 Toluca (MEX) 5
Herediano (CRC) 4 Valencia FC (HAI) 2
Tuesday, September 17
Sporting Kansas City (USA) 1 Real Esteli (NCA) 1
San Jose Earthquakes (USA) 3 Montreal Impact (CAN) 0
Club America (MEX) 3 Sporting San Miguelito (PAN) 0

CCL WEEK 4: Schedule
Thursday, September 19
DIRECTV W Connection (TRI) vs. Arabe Unido (PAN)
Luis Angel Firpo (SLV) vs. Victoria (HON)

CCL STANDINGS:
Group 1: Houston Dynamo 4 points; Arabe Unido 3; DirecTV W Connection 1.
Group 2: Sporting Kansas City 7 points; Olimpia 3; Real Esteli 1.
Group 3: Cruz Azul, Herediano 6 points; Valencia 0.
Group 4: Club America 6 points; Sporting San Miguelito, Alajuelense 3.
Group 5: Heredia 6 points; San Jose Earthquakes, Montreal Impact 3.
Group 6: Toluca 9 points, Comunicaciones 3; Caledonia AIA 0.
Group 7: Tijuana 7 points Luis Angel Firpo 1; Victoria 0.
Group 8: LA Galaxy 6 points; Cartagines 4; Isidro Metapan 1.

CCL WEEK 3, Results:
Thursday, August 29
Caledonia AIA (TRI) 0 Comunicaciones (GUA) 3
Alajuelense (CRC) 1 Club America (MEX) 0
Wednesday, August 28
Valencia (HAI) 1 Cruz Azul (MEX) 2
Heredia (GUA) 1 San Jose Earthquakes (USA) 0
Tijuana (MEX) 1 Luis Angel Firpo (SLV) 0
Tuesday, August 27
Houston Dynamo (USA) 2 Arabe Unido (PAN) 1
Olimpia (HON) 0 Sporting Kansas City (USA) 2
Cartagines (CRC) 0 Isidro Metapan (SLV) 0

CCL WEEK 2: Results
Thursday, August 22
Cruz Azul (MEX) 3 Herediano (CRC) 0
Comunicaciones (GUA) 1 Toluca (MEX) 2
Sporting San Miguelito (PAN) 1 Alajuelense (CRC) 0
Wednesday, August 21
Heredia (GUA) 1 Montreal Impact (CAN) 0
Real Esteli (NCA) 0 Olimpia (HON) 1
Tuesday, August 20
DIRECTV W Connection (TRI) 0 Houston Dynamo (USA) 0
LA Galaxy (USA) 2 Cartagines (CRC) 0
Victoria (HON)  2 Tijuana (MEX) 3

CCL WEEK 1: Results
Thursday, August 8
Valencia FC (HAI) 1 Herediano (CRC) 6
Isidro Metapan (SLV) 2 Cartagines (CRC) 4
Arabe Unido (PAN) 3 DIRECTV W Connection (TRI) 1
Wednesday, August 7
Montreal Impact 1 San Jose Earthquakes 0
Sporting San Miguelito (PAN) 0 Club America (MEX) 1
Real Esteli (NCA) 0 Sporting Kansas City 2
Tuesday, August 6
Toluca (MEX) 3 Caledonia AIA (TRI) 1
Luis Angel Firpo (SLV) 0 Tijuana (MEX) 0

CCL WEEK 5: Schedule
Tuesday, September 24
Cruz Azul FC (MEX) vs. Valencia (HAI)
Montreal Impact (CAN) vs. Heredia (GUA)
Olimpia (HON) vs. Real Esteli (NCA)
Wednesday, September 25
Houston Dynamo (USA) vs. DIRECTV W Connection (TRI)
Cartagines (CRC) vs. LA Galaxy (USA)
Comunicaciones (GUA) vs. Caledonia AIA (TRI)
Thursday, September 26
Alajuelense (CRC) vs. Sporting San Miguelito (PAN)
Tijuana (MEX) vs. Victoria (HON)

CCL WEEK 6: Schedule
Tuesday, October 22
Club America (MEX) vs. Alajuelense (CRC)
Herediano (CRC) vs. Cruz Azul (MEX)
Wednesday, October 23
Sporting Kansas City (USA) vs.  Olimpia (HON)
Toluca FC (MEX) vs. Comunicaciones (GUA)
San Jose Earthquakes (USA) vs. Heredia (GUA)
Victoria (HON) vs. Luis Angel Firpo (SLV)
Thursday, October 24
Arabe Unido (PAN) vs. Houston Dynamo (USA)
Isidro Metapan (SLV) vs. LA Galaxy (USA)


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