It was improbable from the outset given the 1-2 first leg loss in Carson last week and the Galaxy’s hopes faded the longer Wednesday’s game went on:
7 p.m. live on Fox Soccer: LA Galaxy at Monterrey
The LA Galaxy will seek to do what the Seattle Sounders couldn’t on Tuesday — and in fact perform a feat no other club has ever completed in the competition — when they face Monterrey tonight in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal.
After last week’s disappointing loss on home soil, it’s a tall order and the Galaxy know it:
Meanwhile, the game isn’t over — yet, literally — but some are already writing the MLS postmortem in the competition.
For those not discouraged by that, there’s a viewing party in Long Beach tonight:
GALAXY VIEWING PARTY TONIGHT 6PM SEE BOTH CHAMPIONSHIP CUPS AND SUPPORT OUR TEAM!!!
— Gallaghers Pub&Grill (@GallaghersLBC) April 10, 2013
If the Galaxy were under any illusions about the magnitude of the task facing them tonight in Carson, they were dispelled Tuesday as fellow MLS CONCACAF Champions League semifinalists Seattle were outclassed at home by Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna.
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.
Mike Magee, he of five goals in five games that plopped him atop the MLS scoring charts, was named the league’s player of the month today, while Inglewood’s Jose Villareal continues to impress.
I plan to Tweet from the game tonight @lasoccerblog, while Staff Writer Phil Collin will have a full game wrap later here.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann doesn’t sound fazed by the criticism he and his team faced last week ahead of the Costa Rica game and now it’s his Mexican counterpart on the hot seat after blowing a two-goal lead against Honduras.
Where are you going to watch this one — and with who?
— Ashleigh Ignelzi (@AshleighIgnelzi) March 26, 2013
- Read today’s column.
- Read why the Mexican media has called Klinsmann “bogeyman.”
- After initially saying they wouldn’t call in reinforcements in the wake of Jermaine Jones’ injury, the U.S. has belatedly done just that with a player very familiar with tonight’s venue.
From the Twitter feed of Herculez Gomez:
110,000? Yes, please. If this doesn’t get you going then you don’t have a pulse. #USMNT
There’s no escaping the weather this weekend, unless you’re the Colorado Rapids, in town tonight to meet the Galaxy at Home Depot Center in Carson.
Back home, below are the farcical scenes that greeted Costa Rica in Denver, where it was the Americans that scored the lucky and deciding goal Friday of the World Cup qualifier, as our sister newspaper, The Denver Post, reports. Watch:
Next up for the U.S. Tuesday: Mexico.
Chivas USA, meanwhile, is in similarly snowy Chicago for a game Sunday against the Fire.
Good luck with that.
- Harbor Gateway-based AYSO will sponsor the city of Torrance’s Rose Float entry after raising $100,000.
- Want to ask Galaxy officials why after 10 years Home Depot Center still sports a “jumbo” screen smaller than those most of us have at home? Or why after a decade concession lines and parking jams are still common and often caused by HDC employees and/or practices? Me too. You have your chance at 1 p.m. Thursday when Galaxy President Chris Klein and coach Bruce Arena take questions on line and via Twitter. Details here.
- Some Canadian guy named Steve Nash who purports to play basketball with the Lakers (ahem) announced his annual “break a leg” charitable soccer event is coming to LA. this July. Details here.
- Former Galaxy and Chivas USA midfielder Alejandro Moreno has joined ESPN as a soccer analyst. His duties include Mexican national team and Liga MX games on ESPN’s English-language television channels.
- The slew of forthcoming international fixtures gets off to a good start Thursday when BeIn Sport hosts Brazil verses Italy. Kickoff is at 12:25 p.m.
- (Updated) Chivas USA and the mothership played to a 3-3 tie in a friendly Wednesday. Highlights.
- AYSO, founded in Torrance, is raising money for a soccer-themed city of Torrance Rose Float entry. Read more here.
- Both starting American goalkeepers for the men’s and women’s national teams have gone down with injuries within 24 hours of each other. Hope Solo will be sidelined up to four months following surgery to repair torn cartilage in her left wrist, U.S. Soccer said Thursday, while today Everton’s Tim Howard went down with a back injury that’s expected to rule him out of the World Cup qualifiers later this month against Costa Rica and Mexico. Former Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan is Howard’s usual backup.
- ESPN kicks off its English-language coverage of Liga MX at 5:25 p.m. today on ESPNews when Morelia plays Club America. Also, Cruz Azul faces Jaguares at 2:55 p.m. Saturday on ESPNews, while Puebla and Pumas clash at the same time on the same channel Sunday.
- MLS embarks on its second slate of weekend games, although the Galaxy, between midweek CONCACAF Champions League games, are among three teams with the weekend off. Chivas USA is at home at 2 p.m. Sunday against FC Dallas (live on UniMas).
- Finally, the Manchester United-Real Madrid UEFA Champions League game earlier this week was the third most watched game ever on Los Angeles-based Fox Soccer. An estimated 520,000 viewers watched the Red Devils get dumped out of the competition in controversial circumstances. The most watched games on Fox Soccer are the 2011 Gold Cup final between the U.S. and Mexico (1.1 million) and the Chelsea-Liverpool clash in 2011 (579,000).
Orozco, was a U-17 and U-20 U.S. international, previously with Mexican side Tigres and, most recently, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
As usual, contract terms were not disclosed.
All are products of the mother ship’s youth Academy.
De Luna has scored two goals for CD Guadalajara and is the most experienced of the three, appearing almost 40 times for the Mexican club.
Mejia was most recently on loan at Leon.