LA Galaxy schedule set for CONCACAF Champions League

EFE-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Galaxy will host Cartagines and Isidro Metapan in late August and early September, before traveling to Central America twice in September and October.

The LA Galaxy qualified for the 2013-2014 CONCACAF Champions League by virtue of winning MLS Cup 2012, and now their schedule for Group Eight has been set with two matches at StubHub Center.

On Tuesday August, 20th the Galaxy will host Cartagines of Costa Rica, who are participating in Champions League for the first time ever. On September 18th, a Wednesday, LA will face old friend Isidro Metapan whom the Galaxy faced last year in Champions League.

The Galaxy host Real Salt Lake on August 17th at StubHub Center, which is scheduled to be the official unveiling of the fan designed third kit. They then travel to Vancouver to take on the Whitecaps the following weekend. The September 18th date sits between a road match in Washington D.C. and a home date hosting Seattle Sounders FC.

The two road dates are on September 25th, a Wednesday, where LA will travel to Costa Rica to face Cartagines. That's just after the home date against the Sounders, with LA having to travel to Portland to take on the Timbers that weekend. That's a rough bit of travel.

On Thursday October, 24th the Galaxy will travel to El Salvador for the second straight year to take on Metapan. After hosting the Earthquakes on October 20th, LA will have to travel to El Salvador for the weekday date and then up to Seattle for their last match of the year that weekend on October 27th.

If the Galaxy are able to get six points from the first two home dates, I would expect Arena to use reserves in one or both of the road matches as was done last year. Getting to try and put six home point under their belt right away ives LA a significant advantage in the group stage.

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