Galaxy plans to keep dos Santos in forefront

If you've got the talent, flaunt it. The MLS champion LA Galaxy has won its first three games -- 5-1, 3-1 and 2-1 -- since Mexican star Giovani dos Santos joined the team after the Gold Cup, and he should play on Tuesday night when the Galaxy hosts Guatemalan giant Comunicaciones in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.

CCL Week 2, Schedule:
8 pm ET Tigres (MEX) vs. Isidro Metapan (SLV)
10 pm ET Verdes FC (BLZ) vs.  Queretaro (MEX)
10 pm ET LA Galaxy vs. Comunicaciones (GUA)

The Galaxy, which moved into first place in MLS's Western Conference with a 2-1 win at FC Dallas on Saturday, has a big week ahead of it with a nationally televised match against New York City FC on Sunday, but Coach Bruce Arena told LA Galaxy Insider he plans on playing close to his first team on Tuesday.

“We plan to put out a near first choice lineup for our match against CSD Comunicaciones,” he said. “I would expect that Giovani dos Santos will see the field as we look for our second positive result in CCL play.”

Coming off the bench, Gio scored in the Galaxy's 5-1 win over Trinidad and Tobago's Central FC that opened CCL play, and then scored in his first start, a 3-1 win over Seattle. On Saturday, his assist set up Robbie Keane's winning goal at Dallas.

LA Galaxy in CCL:
2010-11: preliminary round
2011-12: quarterfinals
2012-13: semifinals
2013-14: quarterfinals

Comunicaciones, which won its sixth straight Liga Nacional in 2015 when it swept the Apertura and Clausura titles and the league playoffs, is just starting its new season. Saturday's 1-0 victory at Antigua was its first in four games.

Las Cremas started six players from Guatemala's Gold Cup team along with Rolando Blackburn, who played for Panama. They also started Paraguayan Joel Benitez, who had the winning goal at Antigua, and Uruguayan Paolo Suarez.

Comunicaciones in CCL:
2009-10: quarterfinals
2011-12: group stage
2013-14: group stage
2014-15: group stage

CCL Week 2, Schedule:
8 pm ET Arabe Unido (PAN) vs. DC United
10 pm ET Seattle Sounders vs. Olimpia (HON)
10 pm ET Club America (MEX) vs. Walter Ferretti (NCA)

10 pm ET Saprissa (CRC) vs. W Connection (TRI)
10 pm ET Santa Tecla (SLV) vs. Municipal (GUA)

CCL Week 1, Results:
LA Galaxy 5 Central FC (TRI) 1
Herediano (CRC) 3 Isidro Metapan (SLV) 0

Arabe Unido (PAN) 3 Montego Bay (JAM) 0
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 Seattle Sounders 1
Club America (MEX) 4 Motagua (HON) 0

Queretaro (MEX) 2 San Francisco (PAN) 0
Santos (MEX) 4 W Connection (TRI) 0
Municipal (GUA) 0 Real Salt Lake 1

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