Galaxy give up late equalizer in CONCACAF Champions League game, settle for tie

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Alan Gordon, pictured against Portland, scored the Galaxy’s only goal in the team’s 1-1 CONCACAF Champions League match against Comunicaciones on Wednesday.

With seconds separating them from the No. 1 seed in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal, the Galaxy gave up the equalizing goal to Guatemala’s CSD Comunicaciones on Wednesday night, dropping the defending MLS champions from the first seed to the fifth in next year’s quarterfinals.

Rolando Blackburn tapped in the equalizer in the 93rd minute after Agustin Herrera beat both Todd Dunivant and Baggio Husidic on the right side. It was the third straight game in which the Galaxy conceded a goal in the 90th minute or later.

The Galaxy face Liga MX side Santos Laguna in the quarterfinals. The first leg of the quarterfinals takes place Feb. 23-25 with the second leg following from March 1-3. Had the Galaxy won, they would have faced Seattle in the quarterfinals.

CONCACAF seeding and quarterfinal pairings

CONCACAF seeding and quarterfinal pairings

Alan Gordan came off the bench and scored the Galaxy’s lone goal in the 84th minute. Dunivant, who started the game as the team’s captain, had a shot deflected in the box, but Gordan collected the ball, turned and one-touched his shot home. Gordon has scored in all four of the Galaxy’s CONCACAF Champions League games this year.

Read the full match report on LAGalaxy.com here.

Watch the full CONCACAF highlights


Kansas City drops game to Colorado, sets up Decision Day showdown with Galaxy

While the Galaxy’s reserves were in Guatemala and the first team stayed in Los Angeles, the team got a gift in Kansas City, where the Colorado Rapids shocked Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park.

Had Kansas City beaten the Rapids, the last-place team in the Western Conference, the Galaxy would have not been able to get the second seed in the West with a loss to Sporting on Sunday. Still, the Galaxy can make it easy on themselves and win for the first-round bye.

Graphic by Thuc Nhi Nguyen // LANG

Scenarios updated after SKC’s loss to Colorado on Wednesday. Graphic by Thuc Nhi Nguyen // LANG

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