CCL: Isidro Metapan vs LA Galaxy (10/24)

Isidro Metapan vs LA Galaxy
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Estadio Cuscatlan
Kick-off: 7:00 p.m

The Galaxy is in El Salvador to close out the group stage portion of the CONCACAF Champions League. Already qualified into the knockout stages, a squad composed of mostly reserves will take on Isidro Metapan in what will be a game used as an opportunity for some players to keep getting playing time and for others to continue to find their rhythm after coming back from injuries.

While the LA Galaxy is undefeated in this edition of the Champions League, Isidro Metapan is yet to win a game. Not only has the Galaxy gone a perfect three-for-three so far, but LA’s defense is yet to concede a goal, being the best backline in the tournament.

Despite the Galaxy already being in the quarterfinals, Thursday’s game will be an important one for several reasons. The reserves, who have played most of the tournament, will be using the game against Metapan to keep getting valuable minutes of playing time. Also, players like Robbie Rogers and AJ DeLaGarza are expected to take part in Thursday’s game. Rogers made his first appearance since his injury late August on Sunday night, getting just over 20 minutes of playing time. DeLaGarza would be getting his first minutes on the pitch since his elbow injury on September 14th against DC United.

With the Galaxy’s game against Metapan being the last one left in the group stage, here is how the group looks:

Group 8

Team | G | W | D | L | Points
LA Galaxy | 3 | 3 | 0 | 0 | 9
Cartagines | 4 | 1 | 1 | 2 | 4
Isidro Metapan | 3 | 0 | 1 | 2 | 1