Leagues Cup Showcase: LA Galaxy down Chivas, Club America overcome LAFC

Leagues Cup Showcase: LA Galaxy down Chivas, Club America overcome LAFC

Published August 4, 2022
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The Leagues Cup Showcase treated 71,189 fans at SoFi Stadium to two spectacles Wednesday night between MLS and Liga MX clubs, acting as a precursor to the expanded 2023 Leagues Cup that arrives next summer with a month-long break in league competition.

Perez’s goal was the highlight of the match, and served to double LA’s advantage just past the hour mark. The 19-year-old collected a feed from teammate Samuel Grandsir well outside the penalty area and uncorked a distance strike that beat Chivas goalkeeper José Rangel.

LA goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann made four saves to help his side see out the clean sheet. Galaxy striker and Mexico all-time leading scorer Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who started his professional career at Chivas, played the first 45 minutes before being subbed out.

Neither side broke through in regulation time, despite Club America forcing LAFC goalkeeper John McCarthy into a couple of diving saves and Black & Gold attackers Latif Blessing and Kwadwo Opoku looking particularly lively.