Monterrey vs LA Galaxy
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Kick-off: 7:00 p.m
It’s a must-win this Wednesday night for the LA Galaxy when the MLS Cup Champion visits defending CCL Champion Monterrey in the second-and-decisive leg of CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. In the first leg, the Galaxy went toe-to-toe with the Mexican club, having them against the ropes for much of the first 75 minutes. In the 28th minute AJ DeLaGarza gave the Galaxy a 1-0 lead, a lead the Galaxy had the opportunity to extend several times. Momentum started shifting when Juninho had to leave the game due to an injury, and the Galaxy’s inability to score on more than one occasion combined with bad defending when it mattered most cast LA the game. In the 82nd minute Humberto Suazo tapped the ball into Cudicini’s goal after the defense couldn’t deal with a series of rebounds, and in stoppage time Aldo De Nigris gave Monterrey the 2-1 victory after getting past Omar Gonzalez and the rest of the Galaxy defense. Going into Monterrey for the second leg was always going to be difficult, but now the Galaxy has an even bigger task at hand as they’ll have to overcome the 2-1 deficit and surpass Monterrey’s two away goals.
The Galaxy had their game this past weekend postponed due to their participation in the Champions League. Monterrey didn’t, and on Sunday traveled to Mexico City to face Toluca. Head coach Manuel Vucetich saw his team fall 1-0, but Monterrey’s starting line-up saw many starters left on the bench ahead of Wednesday night’s game.
Estadio Tecnologico will be a difficult place to play Wednesday night, but it won’t be impossible for the Galaxy to get the result they’re looking for as MLS clubs have found some success there. In last year’s group stage the Seattle Sounders went to Monterrey and returned with a 1-0 victory, while Real Salt Lake obtained a 2-2 draw when they played in Monterrey for the first leg of the 2011 CCL Final.
Aggregate: LA Galaxy 1-2 Monterrey
THIS IS LA!