Much like the Red Bulls, who did the business versus Philadelphia without their leading scorer and best player, Thierry Henry, the Los Angeles Galaxy traveled down to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, last night without Robbie Keane and with an only partially fit Landon Donovan, and knocked off CD Motagua 1-0 to book a place in next spring’s CONCACAF quarterfinals.
They join Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders FC in the round of eight, along with Mexican sides Morelia, Santos Laguna, Pumas, and Monterrey (the defending champs). Isidro Metapan completes the field as the first team from El Salvador ever to reach the CCL quarters.
David Beckham did make the trip for LA and he started—drawing sustained cheers from the Honduran crowd—and went the full 90. Juninho scored the game’s only goal in the 29th minute, his shot from 35 yards dipping just under the crossbar and in.
Donovan came on for the final 22 minutes and nearly made it 2-0 in the waning moments, cutting back nicely at the top of the box and firing just over the bar.
The Galaxy started seven Americans in the match, and ended up playing nine Yanks with the second-half additions of Donovan and Michael Stephens.
Also, we’re not sure what band does the soundtracks for these CCL highlight clips, but we want them for our next mixer. They are gnarly.