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Played
April 3, 2013 10:00 PM EDT
Stubhub Center — Carson, California
Referee:‬ H. Cruz‎
Attendance:‬ 21745‎
 
H. Suazo 82′
 
A. De Nigris 90′

LA Galaxy 1-2 Monterrey: Rayados take commanding first leg lead in CONCACAF Champions League semifinal

Two goals in the final 10 minutes gave Monterrey a 2-1 lead in the CCL semi in front of 21,745 fans, a record in the competition for the Home Depot Center.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Humberto Suazo
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Monterrey staked a commanding 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy on Wednesday in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal first leg. The return leg heads back to Mexico next week.

"These are clear lessons for our team: the kind of concentration you need, the experience and tactical understanding," Bruce Arena said. "So what if we don't get the second goal? You win the game 1-0. That's so obvious. We didn't do the job we needed to do."

The tie started well for the MLS side. Jose Villarreal pulled the ball back in the box in the 28th minute. Robbie Keane hung a cross toward the far post, where Mike Magee nodded it back into danger. A.J. DeLaGarza, who had started the move with a quick throw-in, scuffed it over the line.

In the 63rd minute, Landon Donovan replaced Jose Villarreal for his first minutes at home since returning from an extended hiatus through March.

Donovan quickly flashed a shot wide. Then, a few minutes later, Galaxy took another quick throw, which Magee gathered and centered. Goalkeeper Juan de Dios Ibarra rushed out to smother Keane's shot.

Monterrey made the Galaxy pay for their wastefulness soon after. Cesar Delgado spun Michael Stephens around on the flank and crossed into the box. "I think Mikey Stephens was out there playing left back," Omar Gonzalez said. "He got cut up a little bit." Carlo Cudicini kept out Aldo de Nigris' initial header, and Humberto Suazo swept home the rebound.

In stoppage time, the Rayados scored again to take firm control of the tie. Jose Maria Basanta chipped a ball over the back line. Substitute Guillermo Madrigal headed it on. De Nigris took one touch on his thigh to cushion the pass and another to guide it inside the far post.

"Tonight we played an 80 minute game and soccer's 90 minutes," Todd Dunivant said. "They punished us at the end."

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Los Angeles Galaxy

23
Carlo Cudicini
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Todd Dunivant
Defender
 - 
4
Omar Gonzalez
Defender
 - 
5
Sean Franklin
Defender
 - 
20
A.J. DeLaGarza
Defender
28′ 85′
 - 
22
Leonardo
Defender
 - 
8
 - 
9
Mike Magee
Midfielder
28′
 - 
19
Juninho
Midfielder
60′
 - 
7
Robbie Keane
Striker
 - 
33
 - 

Monterrey

 - 
23
 - 
2
S. Meza
Defender
 - 
4
 - 
5
D. Chavez
Midfielder
 - 
10
W. Ayoví
Midfielder
78′
 - 
15
 - 
21
H. Mier
Defender
37′ 46′
 - 
17
J. Zavala
Midfielder
 - 
18
 - 
-
 - 
26
H. Suazo
Striker
82′

Substitutes

12
Brian Rowe
Goalkeeper
 - 
21
Tommy Meyer
Defender
 - 
25
Rafa García
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
12
Hector Jimenez
Midfielder
 - 
10
 - 
32
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
-
J. Dautt
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
34
H. Morales
Midfielder
 - 
16
E. Solís
Midfielder
 - 
68
J. Corona
Midfielder
72′
 - 
19
 - 
-

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
Group 1 Matchday 1
Times In EDT
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
R. Nava R. Nava
Striker
Toluca
7 0
Pavone Pavone
Striker
Cruz Azul
5 0
N. Muñoz N. Muñoz
Striker
A.D. Isidro Metapán
5 0
A. Emaná A. Emaná
Midfielder
Cruz Azul
4 0
Robbie Keane Robbie Keane
Striker
LA Galaxy
4 0