The Los Angeles Galaxy defeated Isidro Metapan, 3-2, on Oct. 25 at Estadio Jorge Calero Suárez in the final Group 5 match of CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) play.
Youth Lead Galaxy To WinThe Galaxy did not bring any of their three Designated Players to the match. In addition, most of the rest of the first team were not used due to injuries and an upcoming first round MLS Playoff match. Nevertheless, the Galaxy reserves and young players delivered the result for our side and helped the Galaxy to avoid having to play one of the two strongest seeds in the quarterfinal round of the tournament. Jack McBean's size seemed to give Metapan problems throughout the match. McBean scored a brace, assisted both times by Bryan Gaul. Michael Stephens scored the game-winner for the Galaxy in the 80th minute. Although the Galaxy lost the lead twice when Nicolas Munoz set up one goal and scored another, the reserves showed plenty of resilience in pressing for the game-winner and getting it.
The Galaxy had already won Group 5 before their match with Metapan but finished the group unbeaten with three wins and one draw. The Galaxy took 10 points from the matches and scored eight more goals than they conceded, which was good enough for the No. 4 seed in the quarterfinals. Their opponent in the quarterfinals will be 5th-seeded Herediano from Costa Rica. Herediano won Group 2 after a scoreless draw with MLS side Real Salt Lake on Tuesday. The Galaxy will have to wait until March 2013 to play the two legs of the quarterfinal. The good news for the Galaxy is that our side gets to host the second leg.
The reserves probably should get more time in the Galaxy's final regular season match against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday. However, there has been talk about building momentum before the playoffs and getting some of the injured starters back into form with some minutes. I'm not sure I like the strategy as the Sounders will be playing with all they have to try to secure the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference.
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