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.