LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Javier Culson of the Puerto Rico Olympic athletics team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
The LA Galaxy are on their way to Puerto Rico. The last time the team played in Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel down in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, they defeated the Islanders 2-1 but ultimately lost 5-3 in aggregate. The Galaxy did better at home against the Islanders this time around, and as a result the Islanders will be eliminated if they do not defeat the LA Galaxy.
The Islanders are yet to earn a point in CONCACAF Champions League, but they're also yet to play at home. They lost 3-1 at Isidro Metapan and 4-0 at LA Galaxy. Nine points would put a ton of pressure on Isidro Metapan, but if Metapan wins their match at Puerto Rico, the group still comes down to the last matchday.
Five days from now the Islanders will host the Atlanta Silverbacks in their last match of the NASL regular season, but with a playoff spot wrapped up it's unlikely they'll be looking ahead to that match. Likely what the Galaxy are going to get are a team that's not as talented, playing for pride.
The Galaxy, with a +7 goal differential in the group are still the favorites, but it's worth noting that the home team has won every match in the group thus far. LA has to buck that trend, but clearly this club is talented enough to do it.
Other CONCACAF Matchups
Group 2 has a match day tomorrow, as Real Salt Lake take on Tauro. Tauro will be eliminated if they don't win. In group 6, Real Esteli will be out if they don't beat UNAL. W Connection will be eliminated if they don't defeat Xelaju.
On Wednesday, Aguila has to defeat Santos Laguna to stay alive. Seattle Sounders can clinch their group by defeating Marathon. FAS has to defeat the Houston Dynamo to stay alive on Thursday. Chorrillo will be eliminated if they don't defeat Municipal.