Galaxy midfielder Juninho volleyed in a flick-on from Chad Barrett off a Landon Donovan corner kick in stoppage time last night to give Los Angeles a thrilling 2-1 win over Morelia in CONCACAF Champions League action at the Home Depot Center.
In El Salvador, the Colorado Rapids fielded a reserves-heavy squad against Isidro Metapan yet came away with a 3-1 win, while in Panama City, FC Dallas floundered to a 5-3 loss on a waterlogged pitch against Tauro FC.
• The Galaxy are now tied on nine points with Morelia—which would have advanced to the quarterfinals with a draw—and Costa Rican side Alajuelense, which hosts last-place Motagua of Honduras tonight.
Mike Magee opened the scoring for LA, slotting home a pass from overlapping defender Todd Dunivant. See highlights below:
Los Angeles wraps up the group stage at Motagua on Oct 20.
• Colorado got goals from rookie Eddie Ababio (in his professional debut) and veteran strikers Quincy Amarikwa and Omar Cummings to move into second place in Group B with seven points. The Rapids will need to beat group leaders Santos Laguna, on the road, on Oct 19 to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals.
• Despite two goals from academy product Ruben Luna, FC Dallas produced the worst performance of the three MLS teams in the CCL last night— yet the Hoops still have the clearest path to the quarterfinals. They host Toronto FC in their Group C finale on Oct 18 and can advance with a win or a tie. A win would put them directly into the quarters, while a tie and a loss or tie by Tauro FC against Pumas would do the same.
Here are the highlights from last night’s goalfest, which also featured two red cards for Dallas and one for Tauro: