Both the LA Galaxy and FC Dallas won CONCACAF Champions League games on Thursday to go 2-0 in group play, and both games were impacted by weather, in slightly different ways.
A few hours before they kicked off against Costa Rican champions Alajuelense, the Galaxy learned that their game scheduled for Sunday evening in New York had been postponed to Oct 4, due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene.
That allowed coach Bruce Arena to start midfielder David Beckham and defender Omar Gonzalez, two players he had planned to rest for the MLS tilt against the Red Bulls.
It worked out well, to put it mildly: Gonzalez headed in a Beckham corner kick for LA’s first goal just before halftime, and Beckham sprung Sean Franklin on the right in the 77th to set up the second goal, which came after Franklin found Chad Barrett in front of the net. LA won 2-0 to stay on top of Group A. Highlights ahead:
The weather played a more direct role in Toronto, where the CCL game between the Reds and FC Dallas was delayed repeatedly and finally suspended on Wednesday night, then rescheduled for the following morning at 10:00 a.m., hence the sparse crowd at BMO field in the highlights below. Jack Stewart, an American defender the hoops acquired from NASL (D-II) side NSC Minnesota Stars on Aug 15, got the goal in a 1-0 Dallas win.