T-75: Welcome to another Live Blog here on The View from Avalon, this time between Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy and Victor Vucetich’s CF Monterrey, live from the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
My name is Jo-Ryan Salazar, the beat writer for the Galaxy here on the FanSided Network. Glad to have you on board. This is the first leg of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. The winner of this home-and-home will face either Santos Laguna or the Seattle Sounders for a spot at the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco later this year.
T-70: Los Angeles defeated CS Herediano in the quarterfinals 4-1 on aggregate, with all the goals coming in the second leg here at the Home Depot Center. Monterrey defeated Xelaju of Guatemala 4-2, winning the first leg 3-1 while drawing the second leg 1-1.
The possibility of another Santos Laguna-Monterrey clash for all the marbles is a strong possibility. Yesterday, the Seattle Sounders fell to Santos on a Hercules Gomez goal in the 54th minute at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. in the other CCL semifinal.
T-60: Odds from oddschecker.com:
Los Angeles 19/12
The good news from the Galaxy camp is that Robbie Keane is ready to put in another 180 of CONCACAF Champions League action.
“I’ve always been very good about getting back fairly quickly. I obviously got a strained calf, I trained [Monday] and today and now I’m ready to go,” said Keane to LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “You have to be careful with anything that is kind of strained, the doctors said a couple of weeks and it’s been 10 days so I’ve been back. I was expecting a bit worse to be honest with you. Full credit to the physios here and the doctors in Ireland, they did everything to get me back as quick as possible and that’s the case.”
“In your head, you always believe you’re going to be ready, but until you actually do some running. I came in Sunday myself to do some stuff with the physio and did some running on the field,” Keane added. “Once I got through that running, I knew I was going to be ready for this game. But in the back of my mind, I kind of thought I was going to be ready [all along]. But you never know.”
Once again, you are following the Live Blog between the Los Angeles Galaxy and CF Monterrey, live from the Home Depot Center on The View from Avalon and the FanSided Network.
T-40: It’s expected to be a pro-Monterrey crowd tonight here at Victoria Street.
T-38: Mike Magee is expected to be in the midfield tonight for the Galaxy. He was named the MLS Player of the Month for the month of March.
“It is a tremendous honor to be voted the MLS Player of the Month and to do so while wearing an LA Galaxy jersey makes it that much better,” Magee said this past week. “I have had a successful start to the season and more importantly, so has our team and I look forward to helping to continue that success starting tonight against Monterrey.”
T-35: The pressure is on Monterrey to prove that they are the defending CONCACAF Champions League champions. As for the Galaxy, they are looking to be a worthy successor.
“Like every game that we go into, we go in to win,” Robbie Keane said earlier this week. “Listen, don’t think for one second we think they’re better than we are. Look at the team we have; we’re as good as anybody. We’ll give anybody a game. We’re playing at home and certainly we want to win our home games.”
T-33: We are just over a half-hour away from kickoff here at Victoria Street as both teams head out on the pitch for warmups. It’s going to be a cool night for early April. There are partly cloudy skies, no chance of rain, and the pitch is in solid condition.
T-30: Now we are a half-hour to go before kickoff, and Ricardo Osorio is confident that Los Rayados will deliver, as they always have.
“(We want) to get a good result and try to get the away goal,” Osorio said to Tom Marshall of Goal.com. “If you remember two years ago we drew 2-2 at home and got the 1-0 result over there (against Real Salt Lake) to become champions.”
T-25: Well, I personally thought there was going to be a reduced crowd because today is a school day, but it looks like all sections of the stadium, with the exception of Lalas Hill, will be filled. The reason: it’s Spring Break.
LOS ANGELES GALAXY
League: Major League Soccer
Manager: Bruce Arena
2013 Record: 2-0-2
Colors: White tops with blue sashes, white shorts, white socks
1 Carlo Cudicini
20 A.J. DeLaGarza —- 4 Omar Gonzalez —- 22 Leonardo —- 2 Todd Dunivant
5 Sean Franklin —- 8 Marcelo Sarvas —- 19 Juninho —- 18 Mike Magee
33 Jose Villareal —- 7 Robbie Keane (C)
12 Brian Rowe GK
21 Tommy Meyer DEF
25 Rafael Garcia MID
26 Michael Stephens MID
16 Hector Jimenez MID
10 Landon Donovan FWD
32 Jack McBean FWD
CLUB DE FUTBOL MONTERREY
League: Liga MX
Manager: Victor Manuel Vucetich
2013 Clausura Record: 5-2-5
Colors: Blue tops with white vertical stripes, blue shorts, blue socks
23 Juan de Dios Ibarra
2 Severo Meza —- 15 Jose Maria Basanta (C) —- 21 Hiram Mier —- 5 Darvin Chavez —- 4 Ricardo Osorio
18 Neri Cardozo —- 17 Jesus Zavala —- 11 Walter Ayovi
26 Humberto Suazo —- 9 Aldo de Nigris
32 Alejandro Dautt GK
3 Leobardo Lopez DEF
6 Miguel Morales DEF
7 Edgar Solis DEF
14 Jesus Corona MID
19 Cesar Delgado FWD
56 Guillermo Madrigal FWD
T-13: Hugo Cruz of Costa Rica is our referee today. Osvaldo Luna and Warner Castro are the linemen, and Walter Quesada is the fourth official. This is an all-Costa Rican officiating crew.
T-10: Both teams wrap up warmups.
T-8: National anthem time.
T-5: The player intros.
T-0: With all sections of the stadium open, we should have a very strong turnout for this one as both teams enter the pitch to the strains of the CONCACAF Anthem. The current, defending champions of MLS vs. the current, defending champions of the region. It doesn’t get any better than this.
It seems to me that all the Monterrey fans are all concentrated to a small part of the stadium: the northwest corner. Either the masses are too cash-strapped to make the trip, or these fans are local supporters of Los Rayados.
FIRST HALF START: 7:06 P.M. PT/10:06 P.M. ET
1′ – We’re underway in the first leg of this CONCACAF Champions League semifinal. A gloomy smoke hangs over the pitch.
2′ – Throw-in to Walter Ayovi. Take two, Walter. Take…three? Ricardo Osorio to take. Here comes Humberto Suazo. A chance for Aldo di Nigris early. Monterrey, looking to establish the tempo early. Here’s Suazo with the corner. Cleared, and Robbie Keane goes down.
3′ – This is Carlo Cudicini with the goal kick. Los Rayados with another foul. Now a free kick here for Juninho.
4′ – And that was not well-hit. Monterrey is expected to win the ball possession battle early so that they can get some chances.
5′ – Severo Meza with the ball. Another throw-in for Monterrey. Marcelo Sarvas put that out of touch.
6′ – Meza. Offsides, Los Rayados. Cudicini to hoof this one. Leonardo plays it back.
7′ – And here is the first corner of the night for Juninho. That was too long.
8′ – Another corner. The aforementioned Osorio with the clearance. Short. Gonzalez plays it back.
9′ – Throw-in for Todd Dunivant. That is not a good clearance from Cudicini.
10′ – This is Mike Magee. His cross is called back due to offsides. Very nervy opening 10 minutes here at Victoria Street.
11′ – Not a good touch…but Monterrey waste the counter by getting called for offsides.
12′ – There’s another offsides call. Unfortunately, there was no bold prediction on how many offsides would be called. I apologize. Restart awarded to Monterrey.
13′ – Todd Dunivant to clear. Robbie Keane with the slip and slide. Comedy.
14′ – That was dangerous for Monterrey, but the danger is averted.
15′ – Some theatrics in the defensive third of Los Rayados. Throw-in, Dunivant. No way, Jose. Villareal, that is.
16′ – At some point, you have to be wondering, when will Monterrey finally put it together? Villareal is getting his baptism by fire and the Rayados backline have solved him early.
17′ – Robbie Keane with a volley. And here’s a corner. Suazo to help. Easily cleared, and now here comes the counter, and there goes the counter.
18′ – Juninho gives that up. Now here comes Osorio. Leonardo with the lay off. A surprise.
19′ – Big chance right there for Sean Franklin on the run. Corner again for Juninho. Infraction in the box. Big break for Monterrey.
20′ – Juan de Dios Ibarra, that’s his name. Goalkeeping for Monterrey, that’s his game. He may have to come up big tonight. Robbie Keane is double-marked.
21′ – Another foul on the Galaxy and now they are adding up. Jesus Zavala plays it back. Throw-in for LA.
22′ – Jose Villareal is not going to win the appraisal of Hugo Cruz that way. No, sir. Juninho now. Aldo de Nigris gets turned.
23′ – Good dispossession from the defenders. And now they break. Ayovi. Here’s a chance…and that is offsides.
24′ – Little backheel, and that will go out for a Galaxy throw. Collected, and after some bad bounces, it’s out for a Ibarra goal kick.
25′ – Rayados win a restart after a great flurry of duels.
26′ – This has been an evenly-matched game so far, and the first goal will tell everything.
27′ – LA with some solid possession but a nice interception from Hiram Mier.
28′ – GOAL! Los Angeles Galaxy 20 A.J. DeLaGarza
Good sequence right there. Keane, Magee, DeLaGarza.
29′ – Monterrey are now on notice, but this is where Los Rayados can now get going. Here’s Ayovi.
30′ – Almost a rapid response from Monterrey. Right on cue. Here’s a Suazo corner. That was dreadful. Should have been 1-1 right there, but Ayovi missed a sitter.
31′ – Throw-in for LA. Handball, Marcelo Sarvas. Back come Monterrey, in search of their first away goal. Excellent possession from the defenders.
32′ – Rayados with the pressure, but LA counter again. Juninho now.
33′ – Here’s Keane. He thought that clearance was out for a corner. Gotta play to the whistle, Irishman.
34′ – Too long for Sarvas, and it’s back to Ibarra.
35′ – If you’re just joining us, the Los Angeles Galaxy are leading Monterrey 1-0. Osorio again, now it’s Ayovi to Meza. Suazo time.
36′ – Cudicini to hoof this one, Villareal can’t get to that. And the Galaxy are whistled again.
37′ – Yellow card 21 Hiram Mier
38′ – Ouch. A missed read from Villareal ends that sequence. I’ve been calling JV’s name a lot tonight.
39′ – Leonardo plays it forward.
40′ – Omar Gonzalez wins a throw. Bad touch again from Villareal.
41′ – Los Rayados are dodging a lot of bullets tonight, and LA is deflecting its own share. Another throw-in for Monterrey, and now it’s awarded to Los Angeles, to the disgust of the Monterrey supporters.
42′ – Sean Franklin, as they say on Univision…¡se la perdio!
43′ – Another chance. And that is cleared for a Galaxy throw.
44′ – Marcelo Sarvas loses control and concedes a restart to the visitors. And another foul to Monterrey. Defenders a bit frustrated.
45′ – Well, let’s see how many minutes we will get here…two, says Walter Quesada.
45′ + 1′ – Well, Mike Magee couldn’t find anyone, and Omar Gonzalez had to clear. Time for a smash-and-grab from Monterrey.
45′ + 2′ – Cudicini with the collection.
Los Angeles Galaxy 1
A.J. DeLaGarza 28′
CF Monterrey 0
|3||Attempts on Goal||1|
|2||Shots on Target||0|
|1||Shots off Target||1|
|6||Open Play Crosses||6|
|0||First Yellow Cards||1|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|47%||Duels Won %||52%|
|76%||Passing Accuracy %||79%|
SECOND HALF START: 8:10 P.M. PT/11:10 P.M. ET
46′ – The pressure is on, and CF Monterrey are in search of their first away goal as we get this second half underway. If this was a one-game match, we would be in the second quarter. As for Los Angeles, building on the advantage and perhaps maintaining a shutout will be key.
Substitution CF Monterrey
IN 19 Cesar Delgado
OUT 21 Hiram Mier
47′ – Here’s Suazo, and there is a restart awarded to LA. Monterrey playing deep in the back. Throw-in, Los Angeles. Corner, G’s.
48′ – Landon Donovan warms up; we’ll see him in a bit. Good save and collection by Ibarra. Arguably the best player for the defenders after 48 minutes.
49′ – This is Osorio, and now it’s the Monterrey captain Jose Maria Basanta.
50′ – Jose Villareal stumbles and wins a restart. Robbie Keane will play this back to Carlo Cudicini. Juninho now. And a foul to the Galaxy.
51′ – Juninho is shaken up for a bit. He’s rueing his chances tonight.
52′ – Suazo to the right side. A chance now. Cleared. Best look of the night from Los Rayados. They see something now.
53′ – Long ball is too long and Jose Villareal’s bad night continues. Look at this dribbling here. Throw-in to the visitors.
54′ – Well, Sean Franklin can only hold on for so long. That’s just good speed from Monterrey. Omar Gonzalez nearly has a howler.
55′ – Robbie Keane wins a duel. The forward can also defend, too. Ayovi with a one-time blast.
56′ – Monterrey’s back;line. working some magic. This is the type of football that defined their run last year.
57′ – Some footwork from Basanta. And Mike Magee buys the LA defense some time. Cudicini calms the troops down.
58′ – Juninho may be done here. Med staff rushing in.
59′ – The young Brazilian is all right so far.
60′ – At the hour mark it’s 1-0 LA.
61′- Substitution Los Angeles Galaxy
IN 26 Michael Stephens
OUT 19 Juninho
62′ – Patience is a virtue if you’re Monterrey…and here comes Landon coming in…but first, here come the defenders.
63′ – Substitution Los Angeles Galaxy
IN 10 Landon Donovan
OUT 33 Jose Villareal
64′ – Corner for Los Rayados. Let’s see what happens a stoppage. Take two? Yes, says Hugo Cruz. Cleared. And that nearly reached No. 10.
65′ – Missed Sean Franklin. And a sitter missed by Donovan. Yep. Preseason form indeed. This might be a problem for LA in the second leg if this result stands as it is.
66′ – Offsides, Humberto Suazo. The backline figured him out tonight.
67′ – Right to Ayovi. Here’s a chance for Monterrey, but Marcelo Sarvas keeps the visitors honest. Restart to the G’s. Robbie Keane with a miss. Incredible! Now it’s Donovan with a corner.
68′ – Ohhhh boy, that nearly was advantage LA in that last minute.
69′ – Monterrey break, but there’s the backline to put the clamps down.
70′ – Personally, I think these missed sequences for LA are going to haunt them late in this first leg. I just know it.
71′ – Donovan now. Cross from Franklin, and that’s deflected.
72′ – And that will be an offsides to LA.
Substitution CF Monterrey
IN 14 Jesus Corona
OUT 18 Neri Cardozo
73′ – A chance for Mike Magee misses. Nice buildup, but Monterrey break.
74′ – Oooh, and that missed wide right for Aldo De Nigris. He hasn’t much to be proud of tonight, either.
75 – 21,745 in attendance tonight. Well, that’s the power of Spring Break right there.
76′ – Ayovi with agility. Osorio prevents Donovan from getting his foot to the ball.
77′ – Omar Gonzalez with the touch.
78′ – Substitution CF Monterrey
IN 56 Guillermo Madrigal
OUT 11 Walter Ayovi
A very speculative clearance from A.J. DeLaGarza.
79′ – Hectic minute here, with missed passes all around. Pace now accelerating.
80′ – This has been a quiet night for Carlo Cudicini, but there is a collection. Back come Los Rayados.
81′ – Mike Magee gets shaken up.
82′ – Back to Cudicini, not sure what LA was trying to do there. That doesn’t pay off;
GOAL! CF Monterrey 26 Humberto Suazo
And there is the away goal Monterrey needed. Suazo was mentioned previously in the Bold Predictions, and as advertised, he delivers.
83′ – Well…LA had been playing a great game, but patience is paying off for Los Rayados, who are now putting on pressure late.
84′ – Donovan is whistled for a push.
85′ – Suazo again, and now Monterrey are proving why they are the defending title-holders.
86′ – And Hugo Cruz whistles Robbie Keane for a foul. Frenetic pace here.
Yellow card 20 A.J. DeLaGarza
Los Angeles Galaxy
87′ – Throw-in, Monterrey, and a Galaxy player is shaken up.
88′ – Los Angeles are trying to press here, and they win a free kick.
89′ – Another bullet dodged by Monterrey, and here’s Juan de Dios Ibarra with a free kick.
Yellow card 4 Ricardo Osorio
90′ – Great clearance from Los Angeles in the box. And that is a footnote
GOAL! CF Monterrey 9 Aldo de Nigris
This is a smash-and-grab here by CF Monterrey. Eight minutes of brilliance from Los Rayados, showing the fans why they are the defending CONCACAF Champions League Champions. And as advertised, both the players mentioned in the Bold Prediction deliver.
Yellow card 9 Aldo de Nigris
90′ + 1′ – That’s offsides on Monterrey.
90′ + 2′ – Here’s a chance for Los Rayados. That’s called back.
90′ + 3′ – There’s the full-time whistle. And with that, Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy suffer their first defeat of the season in all competitions.
LOS ANGELES GALAXY 1
A.J. DeLaGarza 28′
CF MONTERREY 2
Humberto Suazo 82′
Aldo de Nigris 90′
|7||Attempts on Goal||8|
|4||Shots on Target||5|
|3||Shots off Target||3|
|8||Open Play Crosses||18|
|1||First Yellow Cards||3|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|43%||Duels Won %||56%|
|75%||Passing Accuracy %||81%|
That’s it for now. Stay tuned for a recap of the night’s action here on the View from Avalon and the FanSided Network.