The Los Angeles Galaxy moved into the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Champions League with Wednesday night’s dominant 3-0 win at Cartagines, Costa Rica.
With Landon Donovan not quite ready to come back from his ankle sprain, L.A. coach Bruce Arena went with a lineup filled mostly with young reserves. The youngest of them, Jack McBean, got the Galaxy off and running with a headed goal after just six minutes.
The powerful 18 year old showed plenty of skill throughout to go with his considerable strength, playing a part in all three Galaxy goals. First McBean fed Michael Stephens for his cross to Chandler Hoffman. Hoffman finished nicely to put L.A. up by two with just 18 minutes off the clock. Then a McBean shot deflected to Laurent Courtois and when the Frenchman blasted to the net, the Galaxy were well on the way to the quarters for the third consecutive year, leading 3-0 after just 29 minutes.
Houston aren’t quite there yet, but after topping Trinidad side W Connection, the Dynamo are poised to go through, if they can come up with at least a tie versus Panamanian side Arabe Unido on October 24.
Rookie striker Jason Johnson and veteran center back Bobby Boswell hit the target for the Dynamo. Newly announced retiree Brian Ching made the bench, but did not see the field for Houston.
The Montreal Impact beat Heredia 2-0 at home in Stade Saputo. The result couldn’t save Montreal from elimination, but the Canadian side’s win did help MLS compatriots San Jose. If the Earthquakes can beat Heredia at home at Buck Shaw Stadium on October 23, the Quakes will move on. If not, the Guatemalans club will advance.