FINAL: LA GALAXY 1, MONTREAL IMPACT 0

LA Galaxy
1- 0
Montreal Impact
WEDNESDAY, OCT 16 7:30PM PDT StubHub Center
MATCH NEWS

Match Recap: LA Galaxy 1, Montreal Impact 0
LA move into 3rd in Western Conference with close win over MTL

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Three Points: Kofi Opare the hero
Rookie center back's first goal in MLS proves to be a winner

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Postgame Quotes: LA on their crucial win
Players, coaches react to the 1-0 result

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A True Captain: Keane's Long Road
LA captain came a long way to even be available vs. MTL

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BOX SCORE

LA Galaxy 1, Montreal Impact 0
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
StubHub Center – Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:

LA – Kofi Opare 1 (Gyasi Zardes 4) 68’

Misconduct Summary:

MTL – Collen Warner (Yellow Card) 34’

MTL – Hassoun Camara (Yellow Card) 48’

LA – Kofi Opare (Yellow Card) 69’

MTL – Andres Romero (Yellow Card) 74’

Lineups:

LA Galaxy: Brian Rowe; Sean Franklin, Leonardo, Kofi Opare, Todd Dunivant©; Michael Stephens (Laurent Courtois 60’), Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Gyasi Zardes; Jose Villarreal (Hector Jimenez 83’), Jack McBean (Robbie Keane 60’).

Subs Not Used: Brian Perk, Tommy Meyer, Pablo Mastroeni, Rafael Garcia.

Montreal Impact: Evan Bush; Maxim Tissot, Wandrille Lefevre, Hassoun Camara, Karl Ouimette; Andrea Pisanu (Andres Romero 64’), Collen Warner, Hernan Bernardello (Felipe Martins 71’), Sanna Nyassi (Blake Smith 81’); Andrew Wenger, Marco Di Vaio©.

Subs Not Used: Maxime Crepeau, Zakaria Messoudi, Patrice Bernier, Paolo Del Piccolo.

Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: Ian Anderson and Bill Dittmar
4th Official: Juan Guzman

Attendance: 13,320

  • With the win, the Galaxy are now 15-11-6 on the season, leaving them with 51 points. They are now tied with Seattle for third place in the Western Conference, two points behind first place Portland and one point behind second place Real Salt Lake while they are three points clear of fifth place Colorado.
  • This was the Galaxy’s second straight win and the ninth time that they have won 15 games in a single season. They have achieved that feat in each of the last four years.
  • Wednesday’s game was just the second all-time meeting between the Galaxy and Impact and the first time that the Galaxy had beaten Montreal. They are now 1-0-1 against them all-time and Wednesday’s game was the first-ever meeting at StubHub Center.
  • Bruce Arena was back on the bench after being suspended for the 5-0 win over Chivas USA on October 6.
  • He made five changes to the team that beat Chivas USA in LA’s last league game with Brian Rowe, Leonardo, Juninho, Jose Villarreal and Jack McBean all returning to the lineup in place of Jaime Penedo, Omar Gonzalez, Pablo Mastroeni, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane. Keane and Mastroeni began the game on the bench while Gonzalez and Donovan were each injured while Penedo had not yet returned from international duty.
  • Leonardo and Juninho were each returning from injury. Juninho missed the win over Chivas USA while Leonardo missed that game as well as the 1-0 loss at Portland on September 29.
  • Wednesday’s game was the eighth time in 16 regular season home games in which the teams went into the halftime break tied at 0-0.
  • Robbie Keane entered the game in the 60th minute, replacing Jack McBean. Keane had arrived in Southern California just hours earlier after playing 90 minutes for Ireland on Tuesday.
  • This was just the second substitute appearance of Keane’s MLS career and his first since September 9, 2011 in a 1-0 home win over Colorado.
  • LA took the lead in the 68th minute when Kofi Opare converted a scramble off a corner kick.
  • The goal was the first of Opare’s professional career and he
  • Opare is the 14th different player to score for the Galaxy in an MLS game this season and the 17th to score in all competitions.
  • Opare is the third Galaxy rookie to score this season, joining Charlie Rugg and Gyasi Zardes.
  • Gyasi Zardes was credited with an assist on the goal, giving him four on the season and three in his last two games.
  • Brian Rowe finished the game with two saves for his second MLS shutout and fourth in all competitions.
  • The Galaxy now have 16 shutouts in all competitions and 12 in MLS.
  • Neither Juninho nor Marcelo Sarvas were booked in the game, meaning that each remains on yellow card accumulation warning but eligible to play on Sunday against San Jose. If either player is booked in that game they will be forced to miss the season finale at Seattle on October 27.
  • The Galaxy outshot Montreal 17-8 and have now outshot their opponent in all 16 home games that they have played this season.
  • The Galaxy will be back in action on Sunday, October 20 when they host the San Jose Earthquakes in their final home game of the season. That game, which is presented by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians kicks off at 6 p.m. (PT) and can be seen live in English on ESPN and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes.