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.

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CONCACAF Champions League links: Galaxy starters rest with eye toward Decision Day

AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu

AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu

The Galaxy already clinched their CONCACAF Champions League group last month, so tonight’s matchup against CSD Comunicaciones (7 p.m./FOX Sports Plus) is just for seeding in next year’s quarterfinals.

After the game against Portland on Sunday, head coach Bruce Arena said he will likely leave all the starters at home to prepare for Sunday’s crucial game against Sporting Kansas City.

Along with the final CCL group game Wednesday, Galaxy fans should be keeping an eye on SKC’s game against Colorado (5:30 p.m., MLS Live). The result could impact the Galaxy’s playoff seeding. If Sporting Kansas City wins or ties, then there’s a little extra pressure on the Galaxy to get points Sunday to get the second seed. (Of course, the easy solution for the Galaxy is that a win equals the No. 2 seed and a bye automatically.)

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Galaxy clinch quarterfinal spot in Champions League with 1-1 draw against Central FC

Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze

Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze

Alan Gordon scored in the 83rd minute against Central FC on Wednesday in CONCACAF Champions League play to help the LA Galaxy clinch the top spot in Group D. After conceding yet another early goal, the Galaxy got the equalizer when Gordon tapped in a pass from Raul Mendiola to hold on to a berth in the Champions League quarterfinals next year.

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CONCACAF Champions League Video Preview: LA Galaxy visit Central FC at 5 p.m. on Fox Soccer plus

GalaxypoolTraining Trinidad & Tobago-style: The Galaxy are hard at work preparing for their pivotal CONCACAF Champions League game tonight in the Caribbean where the temperature is in the low 90s (Photo by Robert Mora for the LA Galaxy).

For a complete photo gallery, click here.

A game preview is here.

The Trinidad & Tobago perspective is here. The game preview observes that Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Giovanni Dos Santos did not travel for the game.

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CONCACAF Champions League Video Highlights: LA Galaxy romp 5-1 over out-classed T&T opponent in Carson

"Galaxy's Giovani dos Santos,10, scores his first goal as a member of the L. A. Galaxy against Trinidad & Tobago's Central FC, in the second half of a CONCACAF Champions League match, at the Sub Hub Center.     Carson Calif.  Thursday, August ,06, 2015.     (Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze) "

“Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos,10, scores his first goal as a member of the L. A. Galaxy against Trinidad & Tobago’s Central FC, in the second half of a CONCACAF Champions League match, at the Sub Hub Center. Carson Calif. Thursday, August ,06, 2015.
(Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze) “

Game story.

Gio Dos Santos mishit the ball that bobbled into the net for his first Galaxy goal, but hey, a goal is a goal:

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LA Galaxy to introduce Giovani Dos Santos at 1 p.m. Tuesday live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet

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Mexican star Giovani Dos Santos will be introduced to fans and the media at 1 p.m. Tuesday in a press conference from the club’s plush Stadium Club that will air live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes.

The press conference follows the former English Premier League player’s first practice session with the club.

Dos Santos “will be available for selection” Thursday for the Galaxy’s CONCACAF Champions League campaign opener against Central FC of Trinidad & Tobago, Galaxy officials said today

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LA Galaxy to begin CONCACAF Champions League campaign Aug. 6 against Trinidad & Tobago club Central FC

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A rare Thursday game kicks off the Galaxy’s CONCACAF Champions League campaign Aug. 6.

From the Galaxy press release:

The Galaxy will host Central FC, who are the runners up of the 2013-14 FA Trophy of Trinidad and Tobago, at StubHub Center on Thursday, August 6 at 7 p.m. PT to open their group stage schedule. Following that game, the Galaxy return to Champions League play when they host Comunicaciones FC at StubHub Center on Tuesday, August 18 at 7 p.m. PT. It marks the first time the Galaxy will face either side in the CONCACAF Champions League.

On September 23, the Galaxy will travel to Trinidad and Tobago to face Central FC for the second and final time in Group D action. Central FC was founded in 2012 and play their home matches in Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. The team won the First Citizens Cup in 2013. Central FC also captured the Locuzade Sport Goal Shield in 2014.

The Galaxy will close out the group stage on Wednesday, October 21 when they travel to Guatemala City to face Comunicaciones FC. Comunicaciones is one of the most successful clubs in Guatemalan football history. Based in Estadio La Pedrera in Guatemala City, Comunicaciones has won a record 30 Liga Nacional de Guatemala titles, eight Copa de Guatemala titles and one CONCACAF Champions’ Cup.

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