Osorio: Experience will help Monterrey in CCL semifinal clash with Galaxy

The veteran Mexican defender is confident but has his eye on his club getting an away goal in Wednesday's first leg to make the path to a third straight final more attainable.
Monterrey defender Ricardo Osorio is confident his side’s past experience at negotiating semifinals in the CONCACAF Champions League will place Los Rayados in good standing against Los Angeles Galaxy this Wednesday in their first-leg clash at the Home Depot Center.

“Monterrey has always known how to get through these difficult games, and we hope it’ll be the same (Wednesday),” Osorio said on Monday prior to leaving Mexico for Los Angeles.

Monterrey has won the last two editions of the CONCACAF Champions League and represented the region at the Club World Cup in both 2011 and 2012. LA, meanwhile, has won the MLS Cup title in each of the last two seasons. The tie between two of the most successful teams in MLS and the Liga MX is hotly anticipated, and Osorio says Monterrey is aiming to snatch at least one away goal.

“(We want) to get a good result and try to get the away goal,” Osorio said. “If you remember two years ago we drew 2-2 at home and got the 1-0 result over there (against Real Salt Lake) to become champions.”

The entire Monterrey squad traveled to Los Angeles, and the Liga MX outfit is likely to play a full-strength team, unlike city rival Tigres UANL, which sent a reserve side to face the Seattle Sounders in the quarterfinal and paid the price by being eliminated.

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