The sense of urgency from Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy is strong. The sense translates to: win big in Costa Rica, gain a comfortable advantage for the home leg, finish the job next week. That’s what will help the G’s the next two weeks in their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal home-and-home with Club Sport Herediano. The first leg is today at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Soccer.
Arena knows that El Team is different…from El Fire. Chicago Fire, that is.
“When you see teams from other countries, it’s hard to actually compare them,” Arena told LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “It’s not like comparing apples to apples, like where we have a better understanding in MLS in making a comparison. It’s a unique to what we are accustom to, in MLS, but certainly, that latin flavor. They have a bunch of good players on the ball, quick, but we’ll see what they look like next to us and vice versa.”
Herediano went through a coaching change in the offseason and now play a 4-4-2. Par for the course when it comes to your average MLS formation, and it has paid off. The Galaxy boss is aware that tough environments are part of the business of the business end of regional action.
“This is something that we think is part of the job and this is something that we think is important for our club,” Arena said of the atmosphere. “We’re developing as a club and we think that we should be able to compete successfully in international competitions. That’s what this is and it’s a challenge for our entire organization.
“How we get here, how we play, all that stuff is important. It’s an organizational challenge not only players and coaches. Then we return next week [to The Home Depot Center] and try to create an atmosphere for our team to be successful.
“It’s going to be a very competitive match. It’s going to be a fairly challenging environment with the fans, the surface and the officiating. We have to be ready mentally ready for that. If we can put all those distractions to the side and be able to focus and play for 90 minutes, we have a chance to win the game. Experience allows you to do that and we have enough players that have participated in these competitions where we think that we can be successful.”
While the Galaxy first team are prepping for the first leg against Herediano, the reserves are quietly preparing their 2013 schedule, which includes matches with the Los Angeles Blues of USL Pro. Here is the schedule.
DATE/ TIME (PT) OPPONENT LOCATION
SUN., APRIL 7
4:00 P.M. at L.A. Blues (USL) Titan Stadium
MON., APRIL 15
11:00 A.M. vs Seattle Sounders University Field #1
SUN., APRIL 28
10:00 A.M. at Real Salt Lake America First Field
TUES., MAY 7
7:00 P.M. vs L.A. Blues (USL) The Home Depot Center
SUN., JULY 14
6:00 P.M. at Portland Timbers Jeld-Wen Field
MON., JULY 22
11:00 A.M. at Chivas USA University Field #1
SUN., JULY 28
9:00 A.M. at Colorado Rapids DSG Park Field 20
SUN., SEPT. 1
12:00 P.M. vs San Jose Earthquakes University Field #1
SUN., SEPT. 8
12:00 P.M. vs Colorado Rapids University Field #1
MON., OCT. 7
7:00 P.M. vs Chivas USA TBD