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Played
March 7, 2012 8:00 PM EST
Rogers Centre — Toronto, Ontario
Referee:‬ C. Campbell‎
Attendance:‬ 47658‎
 

Toronto FC 2-2 LA Galaxy: Late Landon Donovan goal gives Galaxy the edge in CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal

Toronto FC got off to a hot start, but the visitors fought back to earn a draw in the Canadian leg of the CCL quarters.

By Seth Vertelney

Luis Silva, Toronto FC; Edson Buddle, LA Galaxy; CONCACAF Champions League
Brad White
The Los Angeles Galaxy staged a two-goal fightback to draw Toronto FC 2-2 in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal match in front of 47,658 at Rogers Centre.

The home side got off to a flying start. The Galaxy failed to clear an 11th-minute corner kick and the ball bounced kindly to Ryan Johnson, who quickly half-volleyed past Josh Saunders to give TFC a 1-0 lead.

Just five minutes later, TFC was in dreamland. Torsten Frings collected the ball and swung a long cross to an unmarked Luis Silva. The rookie, making his professional debut, was wide open and angled a great header into the far corner to give the home side a 2-0 lead.

The MLS Cup champs struck back 10 minutes later. An overlapping Sean Franklin fired in a cross from the byline. Stefan Frei's punch was unconvincing, and it fell to Mike Magee who fired home to halve the deficit.

Both teams traded chances after the break, but neither found the breakthrough until the 88th minute, when the Galaxy grabbed a killer second away goal. David Beckham whipped in a corner which Edson Buddle won in the air. Off a scramble, Donovan poked home from close range.

The 2-2 final will favor the visitors, who return home to face TFC in the second leg at the Home Depot Center in a week's time.

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Toronto FC

24
Stefan Frei
Goalkeeper
79′
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M. Aceval
Defender
 - 
5
Ashtone Morgan
Defender
 - 
2
Ty Harden
Defender
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2
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12
Luis Silva
Midfielder
17′ 88′
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22
Torsten Frings
Midfielder
17′
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Terry Dunfield
Midfielder
92′
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8
Joao Plata
Striker
58′
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Ryan Johnson
Striker
12′
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10
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Los Angeles Galaxy

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12
Josh Saunders
Goalkeeper
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2
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5
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20
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27
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9
Mike Magee
Midfielder
29′
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32
David Beckham
Midfielder
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19
Juninho
Midfielder
87′
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9
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10
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7

Substitutes

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Milos Kocic
Goalkeeper
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15
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4
Aaron Maund
Defender
88′
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-
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Oscar Cordon
Midfielder
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19
Reginald Lambe
Midfielder
58′
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-
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Substitutes

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1
Brian Perk
Goalkeeper
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21
Tommy Meyer
Defender
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Bryan Gaul
Defender
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15
Daniel Keat
Midfielder
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12
Hector Jimenez
Midfielder
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-
 - 
19

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Results
Group 1 Matchday 1
Times In EDT
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
R. Nava R. Nava
Striker
Toluca
7 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
Pavone Pavone
Striker
Cruz Azul
4 0