The Los Angeles Galaxy already knew their Champion's League group would contain Costa Rican club Alajuelense, but were waiting on the results of the Preliminary Round to see how the rest of the group would shake out. There was little doubt Mexico's Morelia would advance after their won 4-0 in the first leg. Morelia didn't let up in the second leg, winning 7-0 on aggregate. The final spot was also quite secure, with Motagua of Tegucigalpa, Honduras taking the first leg 4-0. Municipal made it interesting, taking the second leg 2-0, but it wasn't enough as Motagua advances 4-2 on aggregate.
The Honduran champion was considered an underdog against the Guatemalan champion ranked in the CONCACAF top 20. Municipal were eliminated in the group stages last year, while Motagua didn't make it out of the Preliminary round. Motagua will be the LA Galaxy's opponent on August 16th at the Home Depot Center. The second Champion's League game in August will be against Alajuelense. The Galaxy won't face Morelia until September.
Motagua coming to the Home Depot Center does mean that fans will get to see Pando once again. While Motagua's all time Champion's League record is 1-1-2 (6GF, 5GA), those two loses both came on the road, and Motagua is yet to score a road goal in Champion's League play.
Landon Donovan received a call-up to the men's national team for their friendly against Mexico, but the Galaxy have the following Saturday off, so he should be well rested for the Champion's League match.