The LA Galaxy were favored going into the CONCACAF Champions League match with Toronto FC, but through one half the Galaxy trail 2-1. Still, that away goal is important in an aggregate series and both clubs are likely happy with the halftime score. The pitch has played fast, and the players are simply trying to keep up with the ball. It'll be worth watching to see if the teams can calm things down in the second half.
Toronto FC scored the first two goals within the first 20 minutes of the match. Ryan Johnson banged one in off a corner kick in the 12' causing the sellout crowd of 45,000 at the Rogers Center to erupt. They reached levels of ecstasy with six minutes later, no. 4 overall draft pick Luis Silva headed in a long cross to put Toronto up 2-0.
It was Mike Magee who was able to bring the Galaxy back into the match. Landon Donovan saved the ball on the end line, then laid it back to Sean Franklin. Stefan Frei was unable to punch away the cross in front of the face of goal, and Mike Magee was there for the easy finish.
With an away goal in hand, the Galaxy could take the series with a 1-0 victory at home a week from tonight. However, don't expect either team to rest on their laurels. It'll be just as exciting in the second half as it was in the first.
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