GALAXY: Toronto ends CCL run

March, 14, 2012
3/14/12
9:09
PM PT
CARSON -- An own goal started the Galaxy's downfall in their Major League Soccer opener last weekend. Another gave them life in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Ultimately, it wasn't enough, as L.A. sputtered out of the regional club championship Wednesday night despite dominating Toronto FC more or less from start to finish, a 2-1 setback sending the Canadians to the semifinals on 4-3 aggregate.

Ryan Johnson scored against the run of play in the first half and Nick Soolsma in the second as the Reds, Major League Soccer's lone survivor in the competition, twice took advantage of rookie defender Tommy Meyer.

The Galaxy have lost back-to-back games at Home Depot Center for the first time in five years.

Former Galaxy defender Ty Harden knocked a cross from Landon Donovan into Toronto FC's net 10 minutes into the second half as L.A. rallied to tie the score, and, had nothing changed, the Galaxy would have advanced on away goals. Had Harden not slid into the ball, Robbie Keane was behind him for what surely would have been a simple finish.

Mike Magee scored in the 27th minute from Keane's feed, but Panamanian linesman Jaime Smith judged him offside, a call that replays did not support.

Johnson escaped Meyer's mark at the left post to head home Soolsma's cross in the 35th minute. Soolsma volleyed a chip in the 67th from Johnson, who beat Meyer on the left side of the Galaxy box.

The Galaxy dominated possession but lacked sharpness when it mattered, perhaps a product of fatigue after three important games in eight days to start the season. Coach Bruce Arena did not change his lineup from Saturday's 3-1 loss to Real Salt Lake, a result that hinged on Sean Franklin's own goal; nine players started all three games, and seven of them played the full 90 in all three.

Santos Laguna, the Mexican Primera Division leader, buried the Seattle Sounders, 6-1, in Wednesday's other game for a 7-3 aggregate victory.

The other semifinal will put defending champion Monterrey against Mexican rival Pumas UNAM or El Salvador's Isidro Metapan. Matches are the last week of March and first week of April, with the final slated for the third and fourth weeks of April.
  • SUMMARY
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Quarterfinals, second leg
Home Depot Center (Carson)
Galaxy 1, Toronto FC 2
(Toronto advances on aggregate, 4-3)

T -- Ryan Johnson (Nick Soolsma) 34
LA -- own goal Ty Harden 55
T -- Nick Soolsma (Ryan Johnson) 67

Toronto FC: Milos Kocic; Richard Eckersley, Ty Harden, Torsten Frings, Miguel Aceval; Nick Soolsma (Aaron Maund, 69), Julian de Guzman (Luis Silva, 63), Joao Plata (Terry Dunfield, 46), Ashtone Morgan; Ryan Johnson, Danny Koevermans. Unused subs: Stefan Frei, Doneil Henry, Reggie Lambe, Matt Stinson.

Galaxy: Josh Saunders; Sean Franklin (Dan Keat, 72), Tommy Meyer (Chad Barrett, 84), A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant; Landon Donovan, David Beckham, Juninho, Mike Magee (Paolo Cardozo, 73); Edson Buddle, Robbie Keane. Unused subs: Andrew Boyens, Hector Jimenez, Brian Perk, Michael Stephens.

Yellow cards: Eckersley 19, Franklin 43, Aceval 63, Frings 92+.

Referee: Roberto Moreno (Panama). Att.: 7,500.
  • CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

QUARTERFINALS, SECOND LEG
Tuesday

Monterrey (Mexico) 4, Morelia (Mexico) 1
+ Monterrey advances on aggregate, 7-2
Wednesday
Santos Laguna (Mexico) 6, Seattle Sounders (U.S.) 1
+ Santos advances on aggregate, 7-3
Galaxy (U.S.) 1, Toronto FC (Canada) 2
+ Toronto FC advances on aggregate, 4-3
Thursday
Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) at Pumas UNAM (Mexico)
+ Isidro Metapan won first leg, 2-1

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