Club Tijuana
LA Galaxy
Tuesday, March 18, 201410:00 PM
Estadio CalienteCCLFox Sports 2,GalavisionAttendance:

Match Summary



TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 85'LARobbie Keane
  • Landon Donovan
 82'TIJRichard Ruiz
  • Dario Benedetto
 47'LARobbie Keane
  • Omar González
  • Landon Donovan
 26'TIJDario Benedetto
  • Cristian Pellerano
 9'TIJJaime Ayoví 
 1'TIJJaime Ayoví 


 90'+1'TIJ Cirilo SaucedoTime wasting
 62'TIJ Greg GarzaTime wasting
 53'LA Marcelo SarvasOther reason
 24'LA James RileyOff the ball foul


Hérculez Gómez (F)
Dario Benedetto (F)
Fidel Martínez (M)
Jaime Ayoví (F)
Stefan Ishizaki (M)
Gyasi Zardes (M)
Richard Ruiz (M)
Joe Corona (M)
Rob Friend (F)
Samuel Rosa (F)
Todd Dunivant (D)
James Riley (D)

Starting Formations

13Saucedo22Núñez3Gandolfi54Castro24Greg Garza16Pellerano42Güemez4Pellerano15Corona18Benedetto17AyovíM8921119231018Penedo20DeLaGarza4González22Leonardo26Riley11Zardes19Juninho8Sarvas10Donovan9Samuel Rosa7KeaneM24162613021RAA4


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Club Tijuana
13GCirilo Saucedo
22DJuan Carlos Núñez
3DJavier Gandolfi
54DElio Castro
24DGreg Garza
16MCristian Pellerano
42MJavier Güemez
4MHernán Pellerano
15MJoe Corona
18FDario Benedetto
17FJaime Ayoví
LA Galaxy
18GJaime Penedo
20DA.J. DeLaGarza
4DOmar González
26DJames Riley
11MGyasi Zardes
8MMarcelo Sarvas
10MLandon Donovan
9FSamuel Rosa
7FRobbie Keane
8Fernando Arce
9Hérculez Gómez
2Édgar Castillo
11Juan Hernández
19Adrián Zermeño
23Richard Ruiz
10Fidel Martínez
24Stefan Ishizaki
16Rob Friend
2Todd Dunivant
6Baggio Husidic
1Brian Perk
30Chandler Hoffman
21Tommy Meyer
  Cesar Farias
  Bruce Arena

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RefereeRoberto Moreno  
Assistant RefereeDaniel Williamson  
Assistant RefereeHermenerito Leal  
Fourth OfficialJohn Pitti  
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
10:00 PM
Estadio Caliente
Fox Sports 2,Galavision

Club Tijuana vs. LA Galaxy
Estadio Caliente, Tijuana, Mexico
CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, second leg
March 18, 2014; 10 pm ET/7 pm PT (FOX Sports 2, Galavision)

It’s time for Round 2 as the LA Galaxy head to Mexico with just one goal: Get to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals.

Standing in their way, though, are cross-border rivals Club Tijuana, aiming to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the series and make some history of their own in their first CCL appearance.

Though the Galaxy got a winning result in the first leg of the series after controlling the run of play and didn’t concede a goal (away goals are the first tiebreaker in a CCL series if the score is even on aggregate), they will have a number of factors going against them this time around. Not only will they be playing away from home, they will be doing so on turf inside a stadium where some of the most raucous fans in Mexico always seem one push away from spilling onto the field.

The Xolos, however, have been in somewhat rocky form of late. After dropping the first leg against the Galaxy, they went on the road to face fellow CCL quarterfinalists Cruz Azul in Mexico City and despite taking the lead got thoroughly outplayed, losing 2-1 while resting some faces for the second leg.

LA, of course, are also rested after receiving a bye in Week 2 of MLS action and have picked up no new injuries, meaning they should field a largely unchanged lineup for the first leg of the series. One area to keep an eye on is at right wing, where Gyasi Zardes struggled mightily last Wednesday. Newcomer Stefan Ishizaki, on the other hand, impressed after entering the game as a 69th-minute substitute and could be in line for a start.

Tijuana's form, busy schedule and flagging playoff push make things trickier to predict for them lineup-wise. There should be a few familiar faces for American fans, including one of Edgar Castillo (started vs. Cruz Azul) or Greg Garza (started vs. LA Galaxy, first leg) at the left back spot. Joe Corona could also start, though Herculez Gomez's lack of recent form makes him a question mark for the starting XI. Paul Arriola and Alejandro Guido, young Americans both, are unlikely to start this game but could be in line for time off the bench after showing well over the weekend.

Other key contributors for Xolos will include Javier Gandolfi, Hernán Pellerano (defense), Cristián Pellerano (midfielder) and Fidel Martínez (forward). Xolos head coach César Farías is able to throw out a variety of looks tactically, but with his side needing to make up a deficit, don't be surprised if he goes with an attack-oriented 4-4-2 look.

Possible XIs

Tijuana (4-4-2): Saucedo; Núñez, Gandolfi, H. Pellerano, Garza; Güemez, C. Pellerano, Corona, Martínez ; Benedetto, Ayoví

LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Penedo; DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Leonardo, Riley; Ishizaki, Sarvas, Juninho, Donovan; Keane, Samuel

What They’re Saying

"It's a war. You have to challenge every ball, you cannot lose 50-50 balls, you have to show them you are there. You are not there to get punished, you're there to fight.”
– LA Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas (

"There are few places in MLS that are as difficult as going to Tijuana so this will be a good test for us. Fortunately we've had a lot of guys who have played in games like this and know what they're doing. We expect they are going to throw everything at us, and we want that, we want a good test and a good challenge.”
– LA Galaxy midfielder/forward Landon Donovan (

"We play in a city very far from Mexico City, it's difficult when we travel, and when we play at home it's an advantage. We played in Los Angeles last Wednesday and left the series open coming home. If we go through on Tuesday [vs. the Galaxy] it will have been a good decision."
– Tijuana coach César Farías, on his decision to rest key players against Cruz Azul (

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