Fresh off its win over archrival that saw it’s newest star score its his debut, the Los Angeles Galaxy now resumes its quest to advance in CONCACAF Champions League Play when they host Costa Rican superpower LD Alajuelense at the Home Depot Center.
The two teams head into its matchup tied for first in Group A. The Galaxy got off to a good start in the tournament last Tuesday when it defeated Honduran club CD Motagua 2-0. Adam Cristman started things off with a strike in the 13th minute and Landon Donovan’s goal early in the second half was all LA needed to assert themselves in a very tough Group A, as evidenced by Alajuelense upsetting Mexico’s Monarcas Morelia on its home turf last week.
More recently, the Galaxy defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 on a memorable Saturday night at the Home Depot Center. The Galaxy unveiled the latest splashy namel, Ireland striker Robbie Keane, to Los Angeles and he did not dissapoint, scoring his first ever MLS goal in the 20th minute, and a second half stoppage time strike from Mike Magee sealed the three points for Los Angeles. The Galaxy lead the Western Conference standings with 51 points, which is also the highest point total in MLS.
Alajuelense is one of the most storied clubs in Central America. The La Liga, as they’re also known by, have won 26 Costa Rican titles, and are the reigning league champions. Alajuelense has also had success on the international level, winning the inagural CONCACAF tournament in 1986 when it was known as the CONCACAF Champions Cup. It won another Champions Cup in 2004 and has made it to the final three other times. Alajuelense has also won three UNCAF titles and participated in the Copa Sudamericana in 2006 and also the Copa Merconorte in 2000.