What The Galaxy Are Playing ForThe LA Galaxy have already won Group 5 and will be the sole team from the group to advance to the quarterfinal round based on the new CCL rules. Each of the group winners will be seeded from No. 1 to No. 8 for the next round. The top four seeds will get to host the second leg of their quarterfinal matchup. Our side could avoid playing perennial Mexican contenders Santos Laguna or Monterrey in the quarterfinals by defeating Metapan. It seems that L.A. should field the best team it possibly can against Metapan, but the Galaxy also need to worry about their fitness for the MLS Playoffs.
Galaxy LeadersAfter the first match against Metapan, the Galaxy have used a mostly reserve side in CCL matches. Of the nine goals the Galaxy have scored in the competition, Juninho leads the team with two goals. Reserve players have scored four of the nine goals. Brian Perk has done a great job in net for the Galaxy with two clean sheets in two matches. Manager Bruce Arena will rely on the reserves again and it's really the right move given that the Galaxy have to play in the first round of the MLS Playoffs.
Metapan LeadersThe home side really has just one threat on the pitch, but he is a potent one. Nicolas Munoz leads the competition with five goals in three matches. He scored twice in August in the first meeting with the Galaxy. As Metapan has already been eliminated from the CCL and only has a slim lead in their league, it is possible that the home side will also use reserves and Munoz will not play.
The Galaxy have been able to qualify for the quarterfinals using reserves, but they should expect a tough match against Metapan in their own building. I'm hoping for a good showing from the Galaxy but I'm not expecting a win unless Metapan uses a reserve side as well.
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Stats from CONCACAF Champions.com
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