LA Galaxy was hoping to make it to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals this year, but Club Tijuana crushed those dreams during their second meeting of the quarterfinals on March 18. Galaxy was able to keep the Xolos from scoring at the Stubhub Center, but it had no such luck at Estadio Caliente. The Xolos beat Galaxy 4-2 in what was a nail-biting match.
Champions League works on aggregate, so Galaxy was already ahead by one point. The lead was quickly diminished as Xolos' Jaimen Ayovi made the first goal of the match in less than one minute. This shattered the hearts of Galaxy fans everywhere as it was obvious a win was a lot more distant than imagined.
The match did not look great for Galaxy, because by halftime Xolos was up 3-0. Everyone was beginning to count it out, but it was not ready to give up yet. Galaxy captain Robbie Keane was able to get the team back in the game. He made his first goal during the beginning of the second half and then his second in the 85th minute.
This is where fans were now at the edge of their seats. Could Galaxy really make this comeback to remind the world the the MLS isn't a retirement league? One more goal would mean a 3-3 aggregated draw, but because Galaxy had more away goals it would also mean a trip to the semi-finals. Unfortunately, Galaxy could not make it happen and walked away defeated as the Xolos celebrated its first Champions League semifinals berth.
It may be over for Galaxy, but San Jose Earthquakes take on Toluca and Sporting Kansas City take on Cruz Azul later today; don't forget to tune in!