Soccer: D.C. United, Galaxy Win
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) _ The Los Angeles Galaxy beat Honduras’ Real CD Espana 5-3 on penalty kicks, after scoreless regulation play Wednesday night, to advance in the CONCACAF Champions Cup quarterfinals.
In the first game at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Stadium, Ben Olsen scored the game-winner for D.C. United as they topped Costa Rica’s LD Alajuelense 2-1.
The Galaxy and United advanced to the semifinal round where they will square off Friday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The tournament features champions and runners-up from major professional soccer leagues in North and Central America and the Caribbean. The two finalists advance to the FIFA Club World Championship this summer in Spain.
Greg Vanney, Simon Elliott, Peter Vagenas, Mauricio Cienfuegos and Sasha Victorine made their kicks for the Galaxy after regulation. Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman made a save on Hector Gutierrez’s opening kick, before being beaten by Walter Caprile, Jose Luis Lopez and Ricky Garcia.
In the first quarterfinal game, Olsen beat goalkeeper Alvaro Mesen to a loose ball, and headed it into the unguarded net.
United opened the scoring on Carey Talley’s goal off a corner kick in the 15th minute, and Alajuelense tied it in the 74th minute on Luis Diego Arnaez’s penalty kick.