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CONCACAF Champions League: Herediano 0 LA Galaxy 0
Mar 08, 2013 12:35 PM EST
The Los Angeles Galaxy claimed a valuable 0-0 draw in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final against Herediano.
The reigning MLS champions have only played one league match this season, while Costa Rican outfit Herediano are well into their campaign and were playing the first leg at home on Thursday.
But they failed to win all three points with a missed penalty from substitute Ismael Gomez proving costly.
Herediano went close to scoring in the first half when Christian Montero headed onto the crossbar shortly before half-time.
They should have scored just after the break as well, only for Yendrick Ruiz to shoot wide as he failed to make the most of a poor mix-up between Galaxy pair AJ DeLaGarza and Omar Gonzalez.
The end-to-end nature of the game continued as Los Angeles then wasted a chance, with Mike Magee turning Robbie Keane's cross against the bar.
Magee thought he had scored the game's first goal after 68 minutes and the decision to rule out his effort for offside looked like the wrong one.
Amazingly the stalemate continued when the woodwork was hit again, this time by Gomez with his 87th minute penalty.
Gomez won the spot-kick himself after Sean Franklin made minimal contact with him in the area, but the Argentine forward failed to convert the opportunity when his effort thudded off the frame of the goal and bounced away to safety.
The result means the Galaxy will take the upper hand into the second leg of the quarter-final, which will be played at the Home Depot Center on Wednesday.