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Questions on Donovan linger ahead of tonight’s CONCACAF Champions League match in Costa Rica

Sep 25, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT


The pursuit of ultimate glamour may be fading a bit in L.A. Galaxy Valley – signing Omar Gonzalez to that DP deal rather than chasing the next marketing boon from abroad tells us so – but the Galaxy remains a club on the hunt for big things.

For instance, everyone around the organization would still love the one prize that has been quite elusive, a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup.

To get there Bruce Arena’s team needs to successfully navigate CONCACAF Champions League, and the club could take a big step in that direction tonight in Costa Rica. The Galaxy faces Cartaginés at Costa Rica’s Estadio Nacional, the country’s new national ground.

Landon Donovan’s status remains in question; the Galaxy’s and U.S. national team’s all-time leading scorer made the trip into Costa Rica, but his ankle injury is proving more bothersome than expected, apparently.

Fortunately for the Galaxy, wins in its two previous CCL group stage contests have Arena’s team well-positioned. A victory earlier over Cartaginés and another over El Salvador’s Isidro Metapán mean the Galaxy needs only a point tonight against the Costa Ricans. If the Galaxy secures a point, all that complaining done by Arena over scheduling and such can then be seen in a completely different light. Because, in that case, the schedule will actually be working for Arena’s team.

Clinching tonight would mean Arena could actually put himself in the lineup for the club’s CCL group play finale in El Salvador if he wanted to – because the result will be absolutely meaningless. And that means critical additional rest for his own team ahead of a potentially huge MLS date (at Seattle, thousands of miles away) just three nights later. (The Galaxy schedule us here.)

Truly, Arena might field the youngest Galaxy lineup ever down in El Salvador in late October if he gets the desired result tonight. But first things first; tonight’s match from Costa Rica kicks off at 10 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Plus.


  1. hildezero - Sep 25, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    I’m glad that Montreal was eliminated, not Earthquakes, because Montreal is a Canadian club and Earthquakes are an American club. Montreal also wouldn’t compete to win the Champions League.

    • braxtonrob - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:31 AM

      @hildezero, They (Montreal) were competing to win the Champions League; what the hell are you talking about?

      Plus, I say MLS is MLS; I would have taken EITHER advancing to the quarterfinals. Of the four MLS teams left, I think San Jose has it toughest, needing a win in October to make it to Quarters. (LA is already advanced.)

    • lyleoross - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      I absolutely can’t believe you went there. One of the things the rest of the world finds most arrogant about citizens of the U.S. is that we think of ourselves as American. It’s the America’s, which covers everything from Canada, to the tip of South America. So, Montreal is American, and since they belong to the MLS, they play in everything that any team in the MLS plays in. One of the great things about being in the U.S. is that our leagues are some of the few (maybe the only ones) that cover two countries. The Canadians shared their loved hockey with us, and we share our baseball, and basketball with them. Of course, soccer belongs to neither, but sharing teams makes a more powerful environment for the development of world class players in both countries. Does it get any more beautiful than that?

  2. Anoesis - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Every single club in this hemisphere is an American club.

  3. braxtonrob - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    Maybe they could have a contest to see which fan wins a spot in the Starting XI, alongside Bruce of course.

  4. hildezero - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:45 PM


    Of course Montreal was competing to win the Champions League. So does every team in this tournament. But that doesn’t mean the can actually compete for the trophy all the way. Earthquakes may have it hard, but they have a bigger chance to win it than Montreal has. At the end of the day, I really don’t care who advances as long as an MLS club finally wins this tournament for the first time in history.

  5. hildezero - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:55 PM


    Why do you gotta take it like that? Are you trying to say that the comment was arrogant? Because it wasn’t. I’m not American, but it is true that Americans are arrogant. I was just saying the truth. That’s all. I can’t believe that you actually went there and took it like you did. Especially when you had to bring up other sports and mention why they have Canadian teams. Montreal is not an American club. It’s a Canadian club. Like I said, Montreal wouldn’t even be a competitor in the Champions League. Besides, do you really wanna see Montreal represent MLS in the FIFA Club World Cup?…

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