Beckham, Donovan Link Up to Seal CCL Win for LA

In the 60th minute of last night’s CONCACAF Champions League Group A opener between Los Angeles and CD Motagua of Honduras, Galaxy midfielder David Beckham slipped a defender on the wing and whipped in one of his signature crosses. The ball found its way to Landon Donovan at the back post, and the American made no mistake, controlling with his chest and volleying the ball into the back of the net for a 2-0 Galaxy lead.

It was one of many chances the Galaxy created on the night, in a game they could have—probably should have—won by four goals, but ended up taking 2-0. There’s a reason the team moved to bring in Irish international striker Robbie Keane, and it was on stark display last night.

Yet despite their dominance, the Galaxy still had to rely on ’keeper Josh Saunders to keep the shutout. The former backup made two consecutive excellent saves in the 74th minute to keep Motagua scoreless.

Here are the highlights of what was an action-packed game:

Last night’s win was the first game for the Galaxy since Aug 6, and their 15th consecutive victory at the Home Depot Center, where they are unbeaten so far this season. They meet San Jose in MLS action on Saturday night before returning to CCL group play against Alajuelense (Costa Rica) on Thursday Aug 25.


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