FINAL: LA GALAXY 1, ISIDRO METAPAN 0

LA Galaxy
1- 0
Isidro Metapán
WEDNESDAY, SEP 18 7:00PM PDT StubHub Center
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BOX SCORE AND NOTES

LA Galaxy 1, Isidro Metapan 0
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
StubHub Center – Carson, Calif.

CONCACAF Champions League – Group Stage – Week Four

Scoring Summary:
LA – Laurent Courtois 1 6’

Misconduct Summary:
MET – Christian Sanchez (Yellow Card) 20’
LA – Kofi Opare (Yellow Card) 47’
MET – Melvin Orantes (Yellow Card) 74’

Lineups:
LA Galaxy: Brian Rowe; Rafael Garcia, Tommy Meyer, Kofi Opare, Greg Cochrane; Pablo Mastroeni© (Juninho 68’), Michael Stephens, Laurent Courtois (Marcelo Sarvas 80’); Jose Villarreal (Gyasi Zardes 68’), Chandler Hoffman, Jack McBean.

Subs Not Used: Brian Perk, Leonardo, Sean Franklin, Robbie Keane.

Isidro Metapan: Henry Hernandez; Milton Molina©, Hector Mejia (Francisco Alvarez 86’), Jonathan Barrios; Melvin Orantes, Derlin Romero (Pericles Pinto 53’), Marvin Monterroza, Christian Sanchez (Narcisco Orellana 71’), Jose Peraza; Hector Ramos, Nicolas Munoz.

Subs Not Used: Fidel Mondragon, Ernesto Aquino, Luis Perla, Raul Quijada.

Referee: Hugo Cruz (CRC)
Referee’s Assistants: Warner Castro (CRC) and Osvaldo Luna (CRC)
4th Official: Henry Bejarano (CRC)

Attendance: 6,211

Notes:

  • With the win, the Galaxy are now in first place in Group 8 of the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League. LA are a perfect 2-0-0 for six points, leaving them two points ahead of second place Cartagines of Costa Rica. Metapan are now 0-2-1 and have been eliminated from the competition with one game remaining.
  • The Galaxy will play away to Cartagines in San Jose, Costa Rica on Wednesday, September 25 and will need just a draw in that game in order to clinch a berth in the knockout stages of the tournament for a third straight year.
  • LA also have the best goal difference in the group, scoring three times while not conceding a goal. Cartagines have an even goal difference (four goals scored and four against) while Isidro Metapan are at -3, scoring twice while allowing five.
  • The Galaxy are now 7-0-0 at home all-time in the Group Stage of the CONCACAF Champions League and 8-3-0 all-time at home in the tournament.
  • In all competitions this season, the Galaxy are now 12-3-2 at home and have outscored their opponents 33-10.
  • Bruce Arena made 11 changes to the team that drew 2-2 with D.C. United on Saturday. Of the 11 starters, only Michael Stephens and Jose Villarreal featured in the draw with United.
  • Chandler Hoffman made his first start for the Galaxy in an official competition, playing 90 minutes in the game.
  • Brian Rowe, Greg Cochrane, Laurent Courtois, and Hoffman all made their Champions League debuts.
  • Courtois gave the Galaxy a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute, scoring his first-ever goal for the club off a pass from Jose Villarreal.
  • The goal was the fastest goal ever scored by the Galaxy in the Champions League.
  • Courtois is the 15th different player to score for the Galaxy in the Champions League all-time.
  • Kofi Opare was the only Galaxy player to be booked in the game, collecting a 47th minute yellow card. That was his second yellow card of the competition, meaning that he will now be suspended for next week’s game against Cartagines in Costa Rica.
  • No other Galaxy player has been booked so far in the competition.
  • Brian Rowe finished the game with four saves to earn the win and the shutout. He is the sixth different goalkeeper to appear in the Champions League for the Galaxy and the fifth to record a clean sheet.
  • Michael Stephens made his club record 16th Champions League appearance for the Galaxy.
  • The Galaxy have not allowed a goal yet in the Champions League.
  • This was the first time that the Galaxy did not score multiple goals at home in the Champions League Group Stage.
  • LA are now a perfect 3-0-0 all-time against Metapan in the Champions League.
  • The Galaxy have now played 20 games all-time in the Champions League, going 11-6-3 in those contests, including 9-2-1 in the Group Stage.
  • The Galaxy return to MLS action on Saturday, September 21 when they host Seattle Sounders FC at StubHub Center. That game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen live nationally on the NBC Sports Network.