CONCACAF Champions League Preview: LA Galaxy - Metapan

The Galaxy open group play with a home fixture against Metapan.
LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Saunders; Dunivant, DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Franklin; Stephens, Beckham, Juninho, Jimenez; Donovan, Keane


OUT: FW Edson Buddle (R knee surgery); DF Leonardo (R knee inflammation);

QUESTIONABLE: DF David Junior Lopes (L ankle sprain); MF Kyle Nakazawa (back spasms)
Metapan (4-4-2): Hernandez; Aquino, Mejia, Molina, Sanchez; Martinez, Perla, Munoz, Suarez; Ramirez, Flores Jaco

  • The furthest that Metapan has ever advanced in the CONCACAF Champions League was the quarterfinal during the 2011-12 campaign.
  • The El Salvadorian club has won its Primera Division six times since 2007.
  • Its squad is made up of primarily El Salvadorians in addition to a pair of Hondurans, one Uruguayan and one Panamanian.
  • LA comes into the match currently sitting in fourth place in the MLS Western Conference having played better soccer lately after a rough start to the 2012 season.
  • Bruce Arena's team has not won the CONCACAF Champions League since 2000 and has not advanced further than the quarterfinal round since.
  • The reigning MLS champion, Los Angeles will play its first two matches in the group stage at home as the Puerto Rico Islanders will visit the Home Depot Center on August 29.