CCL Team Profiles

CD MOTAGUA

 

Matches vs LA Galaxy:

Round 1: LA Galaxy 2, CD Motagua 0 (Tuesday, August 16) [Recap | Highlights | Photos]
Round 6: CD Motagua 0, LA Galaxy 1 (October 20) [Recap | Highlights]

Year club was founded:
1928

Who are they:

  • CD Motagua is the second-most successful club in Honduras history.
  • CD stands for Club Deportivo, which translates into Sporting Club.
  • They are making their second appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League after winning the 2011 Clausura title, its 12th domestic title.
  • The blues (Los Azules) are coached by former Motagua midfielder Ramon Maradiaga, one of five Motagua players on the 1982 Honduras World Cup team. Motagua’s Director of Football, Hector Zelaya, was also a member of that 1982 team, even scored against host Spain in a 1-1 draw.

How they qualified:
Winner of 2011 Honduran Clausura championship; beat CSD Municipal in the Preliminary Round, 4-2 on aggregate score.

Connections to the LA Galaxy:
Midfielder Guillermo “Pando” Ramirez played for the Galaxy in 2005, came off the bench in the second half of MLS Cup 2005 against the New England Revolution to score the game-winning goal.

Previous meeting:
CONCACAF Champions Cup 2003, Round of 16. Galaxy beat Motagua, 3-2, aggregate score. After getting a 2-2 draw in Honduras in the first leg on March 16 (Ruiz 21’, Lalas 68’; Guevara 33’, Guevara 85’), the Galaxy got a goal from defender Alexi Lalas in the second half of the second-leg to advance to the Quarterfinals.

All-time series:
Galaxy lead series, 1-0-1.

Notable players:
2004 MLS MVP and 2010 World Cup veteran midfielder Amado Guevara (most capped player in Honduras national team history); forward Jerry Bengston (Hondruas); Guillermo “Pando” Ramirez (Guatemala and former LA Galaxy player).

 

LD ALAJUELENSE

 

Matches vs LA Galaxy:

Round 2: LA Galaxy 2, LD Alajuelense 0 (Thursday, August 25) [Recap | Highlights | Photos]
Round 4: LD Alajuelense 1, LA Galaxy 0 (Wednesday, Sept. 21) [Recap | Highlights]

Year club was founded:
1919

Who are they:

  • LD Alajuelense is the second-most successful club in Costa Rica history with 26 league titles.
  • LD stands for Liga Deportivo, which translates into Sporting League.
  • Alajuelense is the only Costa Rican team to have won at least one crown in every decade since the domestic professional league was established in 1921.
  • They were the first Costa Rican club to win a CONCACAF club championship in 1986— and they did so again in 2004.
  • This is their second appearance in CONCACAF Champions League, and their first since 2008, when they were eliminated by the Puerto Rico Islanders in the Preliminary Round.

How they qualified:
Winner of 2010 Costa Rican Invierno championship and 2011 Verano championship; was drawn into Group A.

Connections to the LA Galaxy:
Prior to helping the Galaxy capture the 2005 MLS Cup title, defender Pablo Chinchilla played for Alajuelense from 1999-2004 and again in 2006. Chinchilla, a 2002 World Cup veteran with Costa Rica, played in 19 games and scored one goal.

Also, did you know that former MLS Golden Boot winner Roy Lassiter played for “La Liga”? Before joining the Tampa Bay Mutiny in 1996, Lassiter played for Alajuelense from 1994-1996. He scored 17 goals in 43 games with Alajuelense and was named Foreign Player of the Year in Costa Rica in 1995.

Previous meeting:
No previous meeting.

Notable players:
Defender Johnny Acosta (Costa Rica); Defender Allen Guevara (Costa Rica); Forward Jonathan McDonald (Costa Rica); Midfielder Luis Miguel Valle (Costa Rica); Defender Jose Salvatierra (Costa Rica).


MONARCAS MORELIA

 

Matches vs LA Galaxy:

Round 3: Monarcas Morelia 2, LA Galaxy 1 (Tuesday, Sept. 13) [Recap | Highlights]
Round 5: LA Galaxy 2, Monarcas Morelia 1 (Wednesday, Sept. 28) [Recap]

Year club was founded:
1924

Who are they:

  • Monarcas Morelia is making its first appearance in the reformatted CONCACAF Champions League— They were the runner-up in the CONCACAF Champions Cup back in 2002 and 2003.
  • They are owned by TV Azteca, one of the largest Television networks in Mexico.
  • Morelia plays their home game in the seventh-largest stadium in Mexico, the 41,500-seat Estadio Morelos.
  • The one-time Mexican league champions are coached by Tomas Boy, captain of Mexico’s 1986 World Cup team and a former TV analyst.
  • Morelia, winners of the 2010 SuperLiga, also competed in the 2010 Copa Libertadores.

How they qualified:
Runner-up 2011 Mexican Clausura champion; beat Tempete FC in the Preliminary Round, 7-0 on aggregate score.

Connections to the LA Galaxy:
Galaxy legend Mauricio Cienfuegos played for Morelia in 1991 and 1992. It was one of three clubs Cienfuegos played for in Mexico, the others were Santos Laguna and Tampico.

Previous meeting:
No previous meeting.

Notable players:
Forward Miguel Sabah (Mexico); 2006 World Cup veteran midfielder Jaime Lozano (Mexico); 2006 World Cup veteran defender Joel Huiqui (Mexico); Goalkeeper Federico Villar (Argentina).


LA GALAXY

Matches:

Round 1: LA Galaxy 2, CD Motagua 0 (Tuesday, August 16) [Recap | Highlights | Photos]
Round 2: LA Galaxy 2, LD Alajuelense 0 (Thursday, August 25) [Recap | Highlights | Photos]
Round 3: Monarcas Morelia 2, LA Galaxy 1 (Tuesday, Sept. 13) [Recap | Highlights]
Round 4: LD Alajuelense 1, LA Galaxy 0 (Wednesday, Sept. 21) [Recap | Highlights]
Round 5: LA Galaxy 2, Monarcas Morelia 1 (Wednesday, Sept. 28) [Recap]
Round 6: CD Motagua 0, LA Galaxy 1 (October 20) [Recap | Highlights]

Year club was founded:
1994

Who are they:

  • One of Major League Soccer’s (MLS) original clubs, the LA Galaxy were founded on June 15, 1994. The club plays all of their home games at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University - Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif.
  • Boasting a host of top national and international stars, the Galaxy are one of the premier teams in MLS history.
  • The Galaxy have won the MLS Cup in 2002 and 2005, while also claiming the U.S. Open Cup title in 2001 and 2005 and the 2000 CONCACAF Champions Cup.

How they qualified:
2010 Supporters Shield winner; drawn into Group A.

Notable players:
1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cup veteran midfielder David Beckham (England); 2008 MLS MVP and 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cup veteran forward Landon Donovan (USA); 2006 World Cup veteran Juan Pablo Angel (Colombia); 2010 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and 1998 World Cup veteran goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts (Jamaica); 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year and 2010 and 2011 MLS All-Star defender Omar Gonzalez (USA); 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year and 2011 MLS All-Star Sean Franklin (USA); 2011 MLS All-Star midfielder Juninho (Brazil).