What's Buzzing:

Xolos and Galaxy both plan to attack

Tom Marshall: Five things we learned from the CCL’s Liga MX vs. MLS battles

View photo

Tom Marshall: Five things we learned from the CCL’s Liga MX vs. MLS battles

TIJUANA, Mexico -- Blessings and curses have been linked together since Biblical times, but Moses probably wasn't thinking about hosting the second leg of a Champions League series when he penned Deuteronomy.

Nevertheless, the benefit of hosting the second, and arguably most influential leg, is obvious. However, the danger of an away goal can not be ignored.

So when Tijuana hosts the LA Galaxy trailing 1-0 on aggregate, it'll be keenly aware of the possibility of conceding - and the American visitors are cognizant of their opportunity.

"Obviously we have an advantage in that regard, but as we said it's only half way through in the competition," Bruce Arena said at a news conference. "A goal in our favor tomorrow would go a long way toward helping us advance. We know the importance of that. We don't anticipate being defensive for 90 minutes. We need to get a goal. We know that."

With the Galaxy planning to attack, Tijuana will have to both fend off a team that includes dangerous players like Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and first-leg goalscorer Samuel, while also finding a a solution for an attack that misfired in the first half of the first leg and couldn't convert the chances it did find in the second 45 minutes.

Donovan in particular has always been a nemesis of both the Mexican national team and club teams south of the border, but Tijuana isn't making him a marked man.

"We know that he's a player who can be a difference maker," Javier Gandolfi said at a news conference.

"In this case, Donovan plays very well, intelligent, he moves very well, but I don't pay attention to any of those things," he continued. "Tomorrow, I believe that we'll depend on ourselves, the work we put in and we need to find a goal as quickly as possible to get the result."

The first moments of the match will be frenetic if the teams are believed. Players at both news conferences mentioned they'll be looking to score as soon as the opening whistle blows. The Galaxy will seek an early away goal that could kill off the tie and move it into a second consecutive CONCACAF Champions League semifinal, while Tijuana has to make up the difference after losing the first leg.

"Certainly in the first 15-20 minutes they'll want to come out and press us and play with high intensity, so that's what we expect and will be aware of," Keane said Monday evening.

It's a strategy that could pay off with Tijuana looking the better team in the second half of the opening leg. Both teams should be well rested, with the Galaxy's weekend match getting moved to accommodate this tie and Xolos playing a reserve lineup against Cruz Azul in a 2-1 defeat Saturday.

If neither team is blessed with an early tally, the match should settle into a rhythm, but if one concedes it will be left to chase the match and curse their fortune.

View Comments (0)
  • Over to you, Spurs: Leicester 2 points away from EPL title

    Over to you, Spurs: Leicester 2 points away from EPL title

    One chance gone for Leicester in its attempt to clinch a first English league title. Needing three points to pull off the ultimate underdog success story in sports, Leicester only managed to pick up one from a 1-1 draw at Manchester United in the … More »

    AP - Sports - 18 minutes ago
  • Leicester champagne on ice, City crash at Southampton

    Leicester champagne on ice, City crash at Southampton

    By Neil Robinson LONDON (Reuters) - Leicester City failed to grasp their first chance to clinch the Premier League title when they drew 1-1 at Manchester United on Sunday but they moved ever closer to a first English top-flight crown. The draw … More »

    Reuters - 26 minutes ago
  • Bilbao fights back to beat 10-man Celta, goes 5th in Spain

    Aritz Aduriz and Raul Garcia led Athletic Bilbao's 2-1 fightback over 10-man Celta Vigo, leapfrogging the visitors into fifth place in the Spanish league on Sunday. Espanyol also got a much needed 1-0 win over Sevilla to keep its distance from the … More »

    AP - Sports - 29 minutes ago
  • Adelaide end long wait for A-League title triumph

    (Reuters) - Adelaide United claimed a long-awaited A-League title on Sunday with a nerve-jangling 3-1 win that consigned the Western Sydney Wanderers to a third dose of heartbreak in the Australian championship decider. Roared on by a sell-out … More »

    Reuters - 55 minutes ago
  • Southampton eases past distracted Man City 4-2 in EPL

    Southampton eases past distracted Man City 4-2 in EPL

    SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) -- Sadio Mane scored a hat trick as Southampton eased past Manchester City 4-2 in the English Premier League on Sunday, when the visitors' minds seemed more on the Champions League. … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 13 minutes ago