Keane scores to help Galaxy into semifinals
Robbie Keane scored late to help Los Angeles Galaxy qualify for
the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals for the first time with a
4-1 win over Herediano on Wednesday.
Santos Laguna capitalized on an early own goal by the Houston
Dynamo in a 3-0 victory at Mexico City to reach the semifinals for
the second straight year.
At Carson, Omar Gonzalez headed in from a corner in the 18th
minute and Jose Villarreal held off two defenders before curling in
a shot from 22 yards to give the Galaxy a 2-0 lead in the 69th.
Keane made it 3-0 in the 83rd and Jack McBean scored in stoppage
time as the Galaxy secured a 4-1 aggregate victory over the Costa
”I think once we had that second goal, we killed them off. …
I don’t think (Herediano) were brilliant, to be honest,” said
Keane, the Galaxy captain. ”And they didn’t look like they were
going to score. It was quite a comfortable performance.”
Elias Aguilar scored in the 85th minute, Herediano’s only goal
in the home-and-away series after a 0-0 draw last week at Heredia,
”We have potential to be good,” Herediano technical director
Marvin Solano said. ”But we’re not up to the tactical quality of
the L.A. Galaxy for a tournament of this size.”
Los Angeles will play Mexico’s Monterrey, the two-time defending
champion, in early April. The Seattle Sounders face Mexico’s Santos
Laguna in the other semifinal.
Santos lost the first match 1-0 at Houston but got in front
early at home after Tally Hall’s own goal in the 23rd minute and a
goal from Herculez Gomez five minutes later.
Marc Crosas finished the scoring in the 76th minute as the
Dynamo lost for the fourth time in five visits to Mexico.