The Angeleno team has already secured first place in Group 8, so the game in San Salvador will be to end with a perfect record, has won all the matches in group, and to go into the quarter-finals with a winning streak.
As for Isidro Metapan, who are in last place, they are just going to play for pride and to send the LA Galaxy with a loss into the quarter-finals.
What to Expect From the Galaxy
Well, the Galaxy will play a game in which it will try to control the game with a lot of passing and patience. The LA team will be in no hurry to win the game.
Also, the Angeleno team will most likely rest their main starters like Landon Donovan and Irish forward Robbie Keane. Instead, expect to see forward Jack McBean on the pitch, who has scored two goal on Metapan already.
Defender A.J. DeLaGarza might get to see some action after recuperating from a dislocated elbow. He was benching it in the last MLS game against the San Jose Earthquakes, which ended in a scoreless draw.
What to Expect From Metapan
Well, the Salvadoran team will come out to win. It is their farewell game in the tournament, and will be doing it at home in front of their fans.
They have nothing to lose, so Metapan will try to ruin the Galaxy’s chance for a perfect group-play record.
Like alway, Metapan will play a very physical match and will do anything to get the victory at home. All they will want to do is exit the tournament with a win.
The LA Galaxy has their ticket set for the quarter-finals; however, the game is crucial in the sense that a win can keep the momentum and the team alive. Also, this is the Galaxy’s bench to prove how deep the backup is for the Angeleno team.