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Donovan guides LA Galaxy to Champions League victory

Landon Donovan was on target as LA Galaxy kicked off their 2011/12 CONCACAF Champions League campaign with a 2-0 victory over Motagua. The Galaxy appeared bright and fresh following their weekend off from MLS action and it proved a winner as they overcame the Honduran champions thanks to a first half goal from Adam Cristman and Donovan's 60th minute strike at The Home Depot Center.

The USA international said the ten day break for the Galaxy showed in the second half when the home team were able to continue running before Motagua were reduced to ten men with 20 minutes remaining.

"As the game wore on, you could tell we were the fresher team," Donovan said. "We had 10 days off, they played on Saturday and had to travel so I think we just wore them out over 90 minutes."

Donovan added that with more efficiency, the Galaxy could have recorded a more comfortable win but in the end was happy to come away with all three points.

"If we're a little bit better in front of the goal, it could have been 3-0 or 4-0," Donovan added.

"They came and put us under a little bit of pressure and we did a good job of getting out of it. The first goal was great. The passing was good and we exploited that space."

In the other Group A match, Costa Rica's Alajuelense defeated Mexico's Morelia 1-0 thanks to Jonthan McDonald's 77th minute goal.

LA next meet Alajuelense at home on August 25 as Morelia host Motagua in central Mexico on the same date.

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