Bruce Arena would surely have liked to have kept Landon Donovan on the bench Tuesday as his Galaxy opened Champions Legue play. And the Galaxy manager probably wanted to get Robbie Keane off the field ASAP, too.
There are important MLS matches ahead; one is in Vancouver in just four nights.
But with the score at 0-0 and half an hour remaining against Costa Rican club Cartaginés, and with CONCACAF Champions League opportunity slipping away, the Galaxy boss turned to his substantial reinforcement plan. Soon enough, the team’s top playmaker, Donovan, was on the field and setting up a pair of goals for the in-form Keane and the Galaxy went on to a 2-0 win over the visitors at the StubHub Center.
With his goals, the first in the 66th and the second deep into injury time, Keane moved passed teammates Jack McBean and Juninho as the club’s all-time leaders in Champions League goals.
Keane’s second goal, in the 93rd minute, may well become meaningful. With so few matches (and therefore fewer games to create separation in the standings) goal difference could become important.
Not all news was good for Arena, who saw winger Robbie Rogers leave the field with an apparent hamstring injury.
The Galaxy meets Metapan from El Salvador on Sept. 18 outside Los Angeles in its next CCL contest.
Rapids add longtime Bundesliga winger Aigner from 1860 Munich (highlights)
Aigner has the resume to succeed and perhaps star in MLS, especially if he wasn’t slowed too much by a knee injury last season (He returned and produced at the 2.Bundesliga level).
Here’s what Rapids interim general manager Padraig Smith said:
“We’re excited to add a player of Stefan’s caliber to our roster for the next three-and-a-half years,” said Smith. “As an organization we are committed to fielding a forward-thinking side and bringing in Stefan – a technical and versatile player who can excel in multiple attacking roles – will help us achieve that vision.”
American backstop Ethan Horvath was under siege at home, but his Club Brugge side overcame throwing away a 2-0 deficit to claim a 3-3 draw with İstanbul Başakşehir. The three road goals will give the Turkish visitors every reason to feel good about the Aug. 2 second leg.
Celtic 0-0 Rosenborg
Brendan Rodgers‘ Scottish champions outshot the visitors 12-8, but couldn’t find a way into the goal. Now the Bhoys will have to score in Norway to advance to the next round.
Nice 1-1 Ajax
Mario Balotelli‘s 32nd minute staked Nice to a halftime lead, but the UEFA Europa League finalists snared an away goal through Donny van de Beek to send Ajax back to Holland with a slim advantage.
The Turkish Football Federation statement said Terim, 63, and the federation agreed that “it would be healthier for both sides to part ways,” saying non-football related issues were harming both Terim and the federation.
It also thanked Terim, who has headed the national team since 2013, for his services.
Terim previously managed Galatasaray, Milan and Fiorentina. There was no word on who would replace him.
BVB mid Merino reportedly undergoing Newcastle medical