GALAXY: What L.A. needs in Mexico

The final round of group play in the CONCACAF Champions League begins Tuesday night, and the biggest game -- for the Galaxy's purposes, at least -- has Costa Rican champ Alajuelense visiting Mexico's Morelia.

The teams are 1-2 in Group A, with the Galaxy sitting third, and what happens won't matter to L.A. as long as it wins Thursday night against Motagua in Honduras. That'll give it one of the group's two berths in next year's quarterfinals.

What happens at Estadio Morelos -- kickoff is 5 p.m. PT, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46) will televise -- will determine exactly what the Galaxy needs in Tegucigalpa:

  • If Morelia wins: The Galaxy must defeat Motagua.

  • If Alajuelense wins: The Galaxy needs only a draw to advance. If Alajuela wins by three goals, the Galaxy could lose by one goal as long as they can catch or surpass Morelia for total goals. With more goals, they would get through. If even, lots would be drawn to determine who moves on. If Alajuela wins by four, a one-goal loss of any scoreline would be enough for L.A.

  • If it's a draw: The Galaxy must defeat Motagua.


1. Alajuelense (Costa Rica) 4-1-0 (7-4) 12 points

2. Morelia (Mexico) 3-2-0 (9-4) 9

3. Galaxy 3-2-0 (7-4) 9

4. Motagua (Honduras) 0-5-0 (2-13) 0