Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy conclude their 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage run with a match against Jorge Rodriguez’s A.D. Isidro Metapan of Metapan, El Salvador at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador, El Salvador on Oct. 24. The Galaxy are 3-0-0 (nine points) and have won Group 8 and will be playing for seeding in the quarterfinals next year.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Soccer Plus. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for the match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Isidro Metapan.
1. Here come the Reserves, once again
With nothing to play for except seeding, this match will be second on the priority list this week. Expect the Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves and maybe a few bright stars from the Academy showing up for this game in El Salvador.
2. No goals in the first half
This will be a match where neither team will make much of an impact in the first half. No goals will be scored in the first 45 minutes of this one.
3. Laurent Courtois on goal for the Galaxy
Laurent Courtois has been a lightning rod for LA in his short time with the Galaxy. He scored in the seventh minute against Isidro Metapan on Sept. 18 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and added more pain to C.S. Cartagines in the 30th minute of play on Sept. 25 at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica. Look for Courtois to be on goal again.
4. Chandler Hoffman comes up big for LA
Chandler Hoffman scored in the 19th minute in their 3-0 victory over Cartagines and should be on goal again against a Metapan side playing for pride.
5. Here comes Jack McBean
Jack McBean came up big in the fifth minute of their 3-0 win over Los Azules and will be predicted to also score on Wednesday against Los Caleros.
6. Jose Villareal adds more misery to the locals’ plight
Jose Villareal has yet to score in this edition of the CONCACAF Champions League but has done it before, and will finally open up his scoring account in this competition on Wednesday.
7. Nicolas Munoz on goal for Metapan
Even though Nicolas Munoz came up short in his last meeeting with the Galaxy, he will come up big this time around. However, his goal may not be enough to give Metapan a positive result going forward.
8. Brian Rowe with at least five saves
Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe was huge in their 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact and should have a field day in a CCL match that has very little pressure outside of seeding. Look for Rowe to steer the Galaxy to a win with at least five saves.
9. At least 25 fouls and three yellows
Metapan will look to make life a living hell for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Of course, that isn’t anything new for the G’s, who will look to freeze it over with some blue heaven. At least 25 fouls will be called and three yellow cards will be issued.
10. Los Angeles…through to the quarters in style
The Los Angeles Galaxy will finally give up a goal in CONCACAF Champions League play, but it won’t matter. This is a clear mismatch in class and skill, at least on paper. The Galaxy Reserves will back it up and get ready for the quarterfinals next year.
Los Angeles Galaxy 4, Isidro Metapan 1