CCL Quarterfinals: Club Tijuana vs LA Galaxy (3/18)

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

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Club Tijuana vs LA Galaxy

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Estadio Caliente

Kick-off: 7:00 p.m

Following the 1-0 victory at home in the first leg of CCL quarterfinals, the Galaxy heads south of the border to finish the series against Tijuana at Estadio Caliente. With ninety minutes still left to play, the Galaxy still has a lot of work to do, especially now away from home.

The Galaxy had no game this weekend, with MLS postponing the game that was supposed to take place this past Saturday to allow LA enough time to recover before Tuesday night’s game in Mexico. While the Galaxy has had no game since last Wednesday’s CCL meeting, Tijuana had to travel to Mexico City to face Cruz Azul on Saturday, a game in which they would field mostly reserves and end up losing.

At home, Tijuana has been one of the better teams in the Mexican league. Up to a few weeks ago, Xolos went seventeen games unbeaten at home, a streak that was ended with a 3-0 loss against Chiapas. Tijuana bounced back the very next home game, defeating Chivas 2-0 at Estadio Caliente.

Despite leading the series, the Galaxy still has a tough game ahead. In the previous CCL editions, the Galaxy has not had victories on the road in knock-out stages. In away games, the Galaxy has tied Toronto and Herediano on the road, while losing to Monterrey in the latest edition.  Now, for the first time, the Galaxy heads into the second leg with an advantage over the opponent.

While the advantage may only be of one goal, there is another factor that will play in the Galaxy’s favor this upcoming Tuesday night. With Jaime Penedo’s heroics, LA was able to keep a clean sheet at home, giving a potential goal on the road much more value.

LA Galaxy 1-0 Club Tijuana

@acosta19LA

LA Galaxy @ RSL viewing party, Member merch pick-up, LA Galaxy II Inaugural match (3/22)

A very busy day awaits Galaxy fans this upcoming Saturday!

Join ACB at Overtime (18413 Avalon Blvd., Carson) for the first viewing party of 2014, as the Galaxy travels to Utah to take on Real Salt Lake.

1:00 p.m- LA Galaxy vs RSL Viewing Party (Happy Hour prices + taco guy!)

3:00-4:30 p.m- ACB Member Item Pick-up

- People who signed up for ACB Membership as of 3/9/14 can pick up their member merchandise (ACB Member ID Card, T-Shirts, Stickers, Pins) this Saturday!

- Other ACB merchandise will also be on sale, including bandanas, scarves, and T-Shirts. **$5 shirt sale!**

4:30-7:00 p.m- ACB Tailgate in Lot 13

More details can be found here

7:30 p.m- LA Galaxy II vs OC Blues

- StubHub Center’s Track Stadium

- LA Galaxy II Inaugural match event page

- Tickets for all LA Galaxy II home games are included as a bonus for ACB Season Ticket Holders. You can access these tickets through your account manager, non-STH can buy tickets at: https://squareup.com/market/angel-city-brigade-121-inc

- ACB Memberships are still on sale, if you haven’t done so yet you can buy yours at: http://angelcitybrigade.net/purchase-membership/

See you then!

@acosta19LA

CCL Quarterfinals: LA Galaxy vs Club Tijuana (3/12)

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

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LA Galaxy vs Club Tijuana
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
StubHub Center
Kick-off: 7:00 p.m

On Wednesday night the LA Galaxy will host Club Tijuana in the first leg of CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. The Galaxy and Xolos come into Wednesday night’s game with completely different momentum, with the Galaxy losing this weekend and Tijuana defeating Chivas at home.

With the Galaxy just beginning MLS competition this past weekend, there is no doubt that game fitness will be in Tijuana’s favor, as Liga MX is ten games into its season. While the Galaxy started off the local competition on the wrong foot at home against Real Salt Lake, Tijuana is not the powerful team it was in 2011 when they won the Liga MX championship. This season, Xolos have a 4-4-2 record, losing two out of their last four games. Perhaps Tijuana’s most impressive run was going 17 games unbeaten at home, a streak that was snapped after losing to Chiapas 3-0 a couple of weeks ago.

Away from home, Tijuana has not obtained results as positive as they do in Estadio Caliente. Xolos have won no games away from home this season, something that’s currently keeping them in eighth place in Liga MX, obtaining fourteen points through ten games. With their victory over Chivas this past Friday, Tijuana was able to snap a three-game winless streak.

Plenty of faces in Tijuana’s squad will be familiar to Galaxy fans. One of them is Herculez Gomez, who won the 2005 MLS Cup and US Open Cup with Los Angeles, and the other is Paul Arriola, an former LA Galaxy Academy player who signed for Xolos in May of last year. Other familiar faces include Cirilo Saucedo, Fernando Arce, Greg Garza and Joe Corona, all experienced players who have helped Tijuana maintain itself as one of the top teams in Liga MX since their promotion in 2011.

The Galaxy started off 2014 the same way the 2013 season ended, generating a lot of opportunities in front of goal but not converting them. Ultimately, that’s what ended up costing the Galaxy in playoffs last season, as LA dominated RSL at home but was only able to put one of the chances away, something that would come back to haunt them in the second leg of Western Conference semifinals. This past Saturday, the story was much of the same. The Galaxy had plenty of chances to go up in the first half, but a lack of a finishing touch is what hurt LA once again, as RSL was able to put away one of the few chances they had on goal, and that ended up being enough to give them the victory.

There’s no way around it, the Galaxy must obtain a victory this Wednesday night before heading out to Mexico for the second leg of CCL quarterfinals. It is crucial that the Galaxy makes a statement at home, as heading into the away leg with the score going against them will make things complicated, as seen in the last edition of CCL in the series against Monterrey.

This is a huge game not only for the Galaxy but for the Brigade and all Galaxy fans as well. Be there, support Los Angeles.

BE VOCAL. SUPPORT LOCAL.

@acosta19LA

2014 ACB Leadership, Travel to Tijuana, New Merch, Memberships & More!

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- Your 2014 Board of Directors consists of 5 members from the previous year’s leadership and 5 members who were voted into the board by fellow ACB members.   Every officer was appointed by a unanimous vote from board of directors on 3/2/14 in the presence of ACB members in attendance. More information and details on the committees can be found here.

- Planning on traveling south of the border to support the Galaxy against Tijuana? Make sure you check the event page on facebook often, this will be the best way to stay updated on any news! All Galaxy fans are welcome to travel with the Brigade.

- New merchandise is available in the ACB store! Check out the new t-shirt design as well as other items. Pre-order your merch and pick it up at our tailgate location on Saturday, March 8th.

- Memberships are still available! As a reminder, memberships give discounts on tickets from the ACB website, merch, as well as the away game to San Jose, among other things. More information can be found here.

- Bring streamers this Saturday! Get your blue, white and gold streamers to our tailgate location no later than 4:30 p.m. Look for Art or Daniel.

- New season, new tifo! Make sure you make your way inside the stadium by 6:30 p.m to help execute the home opener tifo display. You don’t want to miss this!

Remember, you can follow Angel City Brigade on facebook, twitter, instagram (@angelcitybrigade), as well as our online store. See you all soon!

@acosta19LA