CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Club Tijuana vs LA Galaxy
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
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