The LA Galaxy achieved a hard-fought result on Wednesday at StubHub Center, playing Liga MX side Santos Laguna to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the teams' CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series.
Jelle Van Damme nearly had a dream start in his first game for the Galaxy, as his headed attempt off a corner kick in the first minute forced a reflex save from Santos goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin.
10 minutes from time, substitute Javier Orozco nearly put the visitors ahead, but his header flashed just wide of the far post. Teammate Jesus Molina, attempting to follow up on the ball, accidentally slammed into the post and needed attention from Santos' medical staff before continuing.
The teams will play the second leg next Tuesday in Torreon to determine which team will advance to the semifinal round in CCL.
SAN – Diego Gonzalez (caution) 34’
LA – Jelle Van Damme (caution) 39’
LA – Giovani dos Santos (caution) 62’
LA – Steven Gerrard (caution) 81’
LA Galaxy: Dan Kennedy; Robbie Rogers, A.J. DeLaGarza, Jelle Van Damme, Ashley Cole; Giovani dos Santos (Mike Magee 86’), Steven Gerrard, Nigel de Jong, Emmanuel Boateng (Sebastian Lletget 67’); Gyasi Zardes, Robbie Keane ©
Substitutions not used: Brian Rowe, Oscar Sorto, Dave Romney, Baggio Husidic, Mike Magee, Alan Gordon.
SHOTS: 11; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; CORNERS: 7; OFFSIDES: 0; SAVES: 5
Santos Laguna: Agustin Marchesin; Javier Abella, Jesus Molina, Diego Gonzalez, Luis Angel Mendoza (Diego de Buen 90’+3), Bryan Rabello (Ulises Davila 87’), Nestor Calderon, Nestor Araujo, Jorge Villafana, Martin Bravo (Javier Orozco 69’), Carlos Izquierdoz
Substitutions not used: Kristian Alvarez, Adrian Aldrete, Julio Gonzalez, Jorge Sanchez.
SHOTS: 9; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; CORNERS: 5; OFFSIDES: 0; SAVES: 3
Referee: Armando Castro (Honduras)
Referee’s Assistants: Christian Ramirez, Walter Lopez (Honduras)
4th Official: Melvin Matamoros (Honduras)