CONCACAF Champions League: LA Galaxy Have Mexican Mountain to Climb in Monterrey

An evening that started so promisingly for the Galaxy before the largest crowd — more than 20,000 — ever to watch a CONCACAF Champions League in Carson ended with their capitulation at the tail end of the contest that allowed Monterrey to score twice in the closing eight minutes to swipe a victory and take a seemingly insurmountable advantage in the two-game series.

And the Galaxy only had themselves to blame:

Staff Writer Phil Collin has the game story. One clarification to the article: away goals count double if the game is tied on aggregate. Thus the Galaxy can win the series with a 2-0 win in Mexico (2-3 on aggregate), but they need to win by two clear goals whatever the score.

Defender A.J. DeLaGarza sounded a hopeful note on Twitter, but his sheepish post-game reaction suggests an Arena tongue-lashing in the locker room after the game:

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  • Inigo Montoya

    The American problem, the Irish problem, and in this game, the Galaxy problem: failure to finish out games. I can’t tell if it’s lack of conditioning, lack of desire, or loss of concentration, but opponents know it and count on it.