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Cartagines
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LA Galaxy
LA
Wednesday, September 25, 201310:00 PM
Estadio Jose Rafael Fello Meza IvankovichCCLFOX Soccer PlusAttendance:

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 29'LALaurent Courtois 
 18'LAChandler Hoffman
  • Michael Stephens
 6'LAJack McBean
  • Rafael Garcia
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 78'CRT Danny FonsecaFoul
 72'LA Rafael GarciaFoul
 62'CRT Pablo Herrera BarrantesFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 90'LA
Jose Villarreal (M)
Jack McBean (F)
 83'LA
Gyasi Zardes (F)
Colin Clark (M)
 79'CRT
Leandro Silva (M)
Paolo Cardozo (M)
 77'LA
Marcelo Sarvas (M)
Laurent Courtois (M)
 66'CRT
Bryan López (F)
Paolo Jiménez (M)
 34'CRT
Erick Scott (M)
Eduardo Valverde (M)

Starting Formations

1Torres27Johnson6Sanabria19Flores22Sirias8Fonseca12Valverde7Jiménez21Cardozo9Pablo Herrera Barrantes10BrenesM182520172928412Rowe36Sorto6Mastroeni21Meyer35Cochrane26Stephens25Garcia15Courtois11Clark30Hoffman32McBeanM582422163329RAA4

Lineups

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Cartagines
1GLuis Torres
27DCarlos Johnson
6DAndres Sanabria
19DAndres Flores
22DEsteban Sirias
8MDanny Fonseca
12MEduardo Valverde
7MPaolo Jiménez
21MPaolo Cardozo
9FPablo Herrera Barrantes
10FRandall Brenes
LA Galaxy
12GBrian Rowe
36DOscar Sorto
6DPablo Mastroeni
21DTommy Meyer
35DGreg Cochrane
26MMichael Stephens
25MRafael Garcia
15MLaurent Courtois
11MColin Clark
30FChandler Hoffman
32FJack McBean
Bench
18Wardy Alfaro
25Felix Montoya Ordoñez
20Randall Alvarado
17Leandro Silva
29Erick Scott
28Bryan López
4Giovanni Clunie
 
5Sean Franklin
8Marcelo Sarvas
24Brian Perk
22Leonardo
16Héctor Jiménez
33Jose Villarreal
29Gyasi Zardes
Managers
  Javier Delgado Prado
 
  Bruce Arena
OFFICIALS

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RefereeJohn Pitti  
Assistant RefereeDaniel Williamson  
Assistant RefereeRey Mendoza  
Fourth OfficialRoberto Moreno  
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
10:00 PM
Estadio Jose Rafael Fello Meza Ivankovich
FOX Soccer Plus

Landon Donovan couldn't make it back from his sprained ankle, but the LA Galaxy were just fine without him Wednesday night. They put Cartaginés away in the first half-hour, cruising into the CONCACAF Champions League knockout stage with a 3-0 victory in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Jack McBean nodded the Galaxy ahead in the sixth minute, Chandler Hoffman netted his first pro goal in the 18th, and Laurent Courtois scored another beauty in the 29th as Bruce Arena's reserve lineup schooled the Costa Ricans in its most complete performance of the tournament, posting the team's third successive CCL shutout.

The Galaxy needed just a draw to win Group 8 and claim their third successive CCL quarterfinal berth. They're the second team to win a spot in next year's knockout phase – Club Tijuana won Group 7 last week – and join Cruz Azul and Toluca as the only 3-0-0 sides in the competition. Cartaginés finished the tournament with a 1-2-1 record.

The result makes academic LA's last group stage game, Oct. 24 at El Salvador's Isidro Metapán (0-2-1), enabling them to focus entirely on their MLS regular-season finale three days later at Seattle, a match that could have huge implications on the Western Conference playoff race.

Donovan, sidelined since spraining his left ankle a week and a half ago, traveled to Costa Rica but didn't make the starting XI nor the bench in what the club called a game-time decision. Arena teamed McBean and Hoffman up top, gave Colin Clark his first CCL appearance for LA, used Pablo Mastroeni in central defense (with Kofi Opare suspended), and used rookie Homegrown Player Oscar Sorto, making his competitive debut, at right back.

The Galaxy were in charge from the start, with Michael Stephens and McBean driving forces behind their attack in the opening minutes.

The teen McBean, who scored three goals in last year's CCL group stage, provided the early lead from a free kick he won just to the right of Cartaginés' box. Rafael Garcia chipped in a short cross into the middle, and McBean beat Andrés Flores to powerfully head it past goalkeeper Luis Torres.

LA doubled their lead six minutes after that with a superb sequence. McBean, on the right flank, held off two defenders and then split them with a little pass to Stephens, who whipped a ball into the goalmouth. Hoffman, who made his competitive debut for LA in last week's CCL victory over Metapan, took a subtle touch to redirect the ball into the net.

The Galaxy erased any remaining doubt in the 29th minute, when a loose ball came to Courtois about a dozen yards outside Cartaginés' box. He stepped forward into open space, then ripped a left-footed shot past a diving Torres on the bounce and into the right-side netting.

Cartaginés had nearly a half-dozen opportunities in the final 20 minutes, but just three on frame: Free kicks by former Galaxy midfielder Paolo Cardozo in the 71st minute and Leandro Silva 10 minutes later, both snagged by Brian Rowe, and a Pablo Herrera's rocket from the right side that Rowe tipped over the bar in the 86th.

The Galaxy, fourth in the West, return to MLS action Saturday night at third-place Portland.