The LA Galaxy continue their league break and training stint with the international window open, but their internationals are hard at work playing for their respective countries.
The headliner in recent days has to be Sebastian Lletget, who won the inaugural Concacaf Nations League with the United States on Sunday with a wild 3-2 win over Mexico in extra time. Lletget, who started in the 1-0 semifinal win over Honduras a few days earlier, came off the bench near the end of regulation and played a little more than a half hour in the victory. He entered when the U.S. tied the game at 2-2, but Christian Pulisic’s extra time penalty — plus Andres Guardado’s even later penalty being saved by Ethan Horvath — gave the U.S. the trophy.
Of course, the Galaxy’s Mexican international, Jonathan dos Santos, was replaced for the Nations League finals because he suffered an injury in his last club appearance and was unavailable.
The other LA player involved in Nations League, Galaxy defender Giancarlo Gonzalez, was again an unused substitute in Costa Rica’s third-place game against Honduras on Sunday. Honduras got 3rd place in winning a penalty shootout over the Ticos.
Outside of the Nations League, Galaxy defender Oniel Fisher did get some action with Jamaica, as they played their friendly against Serbia on Monday, a 1-1 draw. Fisher started, apparently at left back, and played the full 90 in the game, which took place in Japan. This game did come off, after the last Jamaica friendly, last week, was cancelled because of COVID testing issues before the Jamaican contingent got on the plane to Japan.
The biggest scoreline in recent days that involved Galaxy players, or pretty much any game in the world, for that matter, was Carlos Harvey’s Panama, which won their World Cup qualifier against Anguilla by an eye-watering 13-0 scoreline. Harvey started the game and did the dirty work as his teammates got the score up to 4-0, then departed at halftime and Los Canaleros scored another nine goals. Panama and Harvey have another qualifier, Tuesday against Dominican Republic, and if they win or draw they will advance to the next round. If they lose, D.R. could spring a big upset and knock them out of qualifying early.
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