The undefeated third-place Galaxy (2-0-2) face Western Conference-topping FC Dallas (4-1-1) at 4:30 p.m. PT Saturday on the NBC Sports Network despite what the posters for the nationally televised game above read (reflecting the kickoff time on the East Coast and local time).
No posters for high-scoring Chivas USA (3-1-1) because their 7:30 p.m. Saturday encounter in Carson against the lowly Colorado Rapids (1-3-2) is not televised.
In other televised games, Arsenal and Norwich City (with Lawndale’s Kei Kamara) clash at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, while later at 3 p.m. Cruz Azul and Club Tijuana meet on ESPN2.
Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl has the heartwarming story of a Southern California man whose special relationship with Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was cultivated over years of volunteering with the world famous club during its now annual training camps at UCLA.
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:
#lagalaxy back four “very poor” in last 10 mins, said Bruce Arena.
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:
The 1-0 scoreline did not adequately reflect the dominance of the Mexican visitors who were clearly superior to a Sounders team struggling with an insipid start to the season.
If the Galaxy are looking for crumbs of comfort they can point to a poor recent away record in Liga MX play for the visitors and their own firepower that has sizzled to start the season as I pointed out in this week’s column.