The LA Galaxy learned their opponents for the CONCACAF Champions League on Monday after a wild process in CONCACAF that included a re-draw,
LA were inititally placed in Group 8 alongside Mexican giants Cruz Azul and Cartaginés, but due to CONCACAF's rule stating that Mexican and U.S. teams could not meet in the group stage, a re-draw of three groups took place. The Galaxy were ultimately placed in Group 8 with Salvadoran side Isidro Metapan and Costa Rican club .
The 2012 Apertura Champion Isidro Metapan faced the Galaxy in last year's edition of the tournament with LA defeating the Salavadoran side in both matches. Boasting El Salvador internationals Andres Flores, Milton Molina, Eliseo Quintanilla and Alfredo Pacheco, as well as Panamanian forward Nicolas Munoz, Metapan have become one of the most successful clubs in El Salvador as of late with seven titles in the last five years. Metapan play at the Estadio Jorge Calero Suárez, which is two hours outside of San Salvador. Last year, the Galaxy traveled for two hours by bus from the team's hotel in San Salvador to the match.
Cartaginés are making their first ever appearance in the CCL and fell in penalties in the Final of the Costa Rican 2013 Verano championship. But the Costa Ricans earned a ticket into the tournament after CONCACAF allocated a spot to Costa Rica after stripping Belize of their position in the tournament after the federation deemed that the nation did not have a stadium suitable to host a Champions League match. Cartaginés boast a trio of Costa Rican interntionals including forward Randall Brenes, midfielder Mauricio Castillo, and former New York Red Bulls defender Carlos Johnson. The Costa Ricans play at Estadio José Rafael Fello Meza Ivankovich, which is a 13,500 seat stadium with a grass field about 15 minutes outside of San Jose.