All eyes are set on Match 1st return leg. The Los Angeles Galaxy earned a hard fought 0-0 stalemate against Santos Laguna at home in the first leg quarter final on Wednesday. The MLS side is eyeing the CONCACAF Champions League crown this season. If they finally clinch the title, they will make history as the first MLS team to do so. But first, they need to break the quarterfinal jinx versus Santos Laguna.
LA Galaxy want to make history. But history certainly is not on their side, as Mexican clubs have won all seven titles. LA Galaxy are up against Santos Laguna on Wednesday at StubHub Center at 7 p.m. P.T., the team’s first competitive match this season, according to the club website.
“I’ve seen images of Santos,” said Belgian defender Jelle Van Damme. “I think we all know what we’re waiting for. We’ll be ready for it.”
Jelle Van Damme almost had a dream debut for LA Galaxy. His header from a corner-kick forced a reflex save from the Laguna custodian. Stars like Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane, Ashley Cole and Giovanni dos Santos featured for LA at Calif.
The Santos are on a three-game winless streak in the Mexican league. “Do they have an advantage on us? Of course they do,” Robbie Keane said about Santos Laguna. “I’ve said since day one of preseason the schedule the way it is … for an MLS team to go and win CONCACAF certainly is going to be difficult, but if anyone has a chance it’s certainly us.”
At half-time: LA Galaxy – 0, Santos Laguna – 0 (as reported by MLS Soccer.com)
LA fought hard to keep the Liga MX team at bay. The MLS giants will be eyeing a win in the second half. The teams will meet for the second leg next Tuesday in Torreon, Mexico, which will determine which side makes it to the semifinals.
F.T.: 0-0 Stalemate.