Galaxy wins in CONCACAF Champions League match

Robbie Keane scored two second-half goals to lift the Los

Angeles Galaxy to a 2-0 victory Tuesday night over Costa Rican club

Cartagines in their group opener in the CONCACAF Champions

League.

Keane gave the Galaxy the lead in the 66th minute, taking a pass

from Landon Donovan and firing toward the goalmouth from a tight

angle on the left. The ball went off goalkeeper Wardy Alfaro’s

hands and rolled slowly into the net.

Keane netted his second 3 minutes into stoppage time, beating

Alfaro one-on-one after taking another feed from Donovan.

”You see the difference when Landon came on,” said Keane, who

scored three in the Galaxy’s MLS victory Saturday night over Real

Salt Lake. ”We’re very in tune with each other. We know each

other’s runs and where we want to be, so it was the case with the

two goals, and lucky enough for us we got the two goals. It was a

decent performance. It wasn’t brilliant, but it was decent.”

The Galaxy don’t play in the regional club championship until

Sept. 18, when they’re home against El Salvador’s Isidro

Metapan.

Cartagines, which beat Metapan in the Group 8 opener two weeks

ago, is home next week against the Salvadorans. The winner of the

three-team group advances to next year’s eight-team knockout

stage.

”Our team played very well tonight. Against a good opponent,”

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. ”(Cartagines) defended well, they

defended with numbers for 90 minutes, and the second goal is going

to be big (for goal differential) in the competition.”

Former Los Angeles midfielder Paolo Cardozo came closest to

scoring an equalizer for Cartagines, firing over the crossbar with

an open shot in the 72nd minute.

Galaxy winger Robbie Rogers, who returned to the lineup after he

was left off the roster for the past two league games, exited just

before halftime after straining his left hamstring chasing a loose

ball.