Galaxy beats Isidro Metapan 1-0
Laurent Courtois scored an early goal and the Los Angeles Galaxy
beat El Salvador’s Isidro Metapan 1-0 Wednesday night to take
command of their group in the CONCACAF Champions League.
Courtois scored in the sixth minute from a Jose Villarreal pass.
The Galaxy (2-0-0) – playing in a rare 4-3-3 formation, at least
when on attack – posted their second shutout in the competition to
pull ahead of Costa Rica’s Cartagines (1-1-1) atop Group 8.
Los Angeles will reach next year’s quarterfinals with a draw or
victory next week at Cartagines.
Metapan (0-2-1), which will be home against Los Angeles on Oct.
24, was eliminated from contention.
”We’ve played much better this year as a team and lost games,”
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said.
”And this competition, it’s about advancing, and tonight the
most important aspect of this game was getting three points, and
that was accomplished. So we’re in good position to advance – we
still have to earn a point, at least, to advance, so we’ve got a
lot of work ahead.”
Arena, looking ahead to Saturday’s MLS showdown with the Seattle
Sounders, included only a half-dozen regular starters on his 18-man
game roster, and all began the game on the bench.
The Galaxy were sloppy and Metapan’s lack of precision up top
”We’re leaving here satisfied with the result, because our
players did everything they could on the field,” Metapan manager
Jorge Rodriguez said. ”Not everybody can create chances against
Courtois, a 35-year-old Frenchman that Los Angeles picked up in
July from cross-stadium rival Chivas USA, scored his first Galaxy
goal in the sixth minute.
Villarreal took a throw-in from Greg Cochrane on the left wing
next to Metapan’s box and dropped the ball back and into the box
for Courtois, who curled a shot just inside the far post.
Metapan goalkeeper Henry Hernandez made leaping saves on
Courtois in the 19th minute, Chandler Hoffman in the 32nd and
Villarreal in the 53rd.
Los Caleros had several opportunities, but Galaxy goalkeeper
Brian Rowe made a diving stop on a Jose Peraza shot in the 17th
minute and defender Kofi Opare halted a Nicolas Munoz breakaway
just inside Los Angeles’ box in the 83rd.