The LA Galaxy are going through to the Championship (knockout) stage of the CONCACAF Champions League next year. Forget about the match, just remember the result. I mean, don't forget about that beautiful Juninho goal, that was a beautiful dipping long ball. Then there was a bus parked, and heart attacks were had all across the country.
The Galaxy win 0-1 on the road against Motagua. This means that the top three teams in the group are to the naked eye, identical. And I get to try and show the sausage making process that puts the Galaxy top of the group.
Now. That's how the top three finished, and I'm gonna do my best to explain why. The first tiebreaker in the Group Stage is points earned in matches between the tree teams. That's a three way tie, 6-6-6. Next tiebreaker, goal difference between the three teams. Galaxy are +1, Morelia are even, and Alajuelense are -1. That second goal against Alajuelense at the Home Depot Center won the Galaxy the group.
Now, with that squared away, what's next for the Galaxy in CONCACAF Champions League play. The only restriction is the Galaxy cannot face a team they face in the Group stage, so their possible opponents are the other three runners up:
There will be a guaranteed FMF on FMF match in the quarters, with Morelia against either Pumas, Monterrey, or Laguna. Were the Galaxy to avoid an MLS team, that'd mean FMF matches for the remaining MLS teams.
Seattle is honestly the last team I'd like to see, as an American, I want Seattle and LA to go as far as they can before meeting. But we'll see what happens, rest easy everyone, the Galaxy made it through.