The LA Galaxy held Herediano to a scoreless draw in a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal match filled with controversy and crossbar shots on Thursday.
The first leg in Heredia, Costa Rica, featured a missed penalty kick and a seemingly valid goal called back for offside.
Herediano had the better of the play in the first half and struck the crossbar with a header off a corner kick just before halftime. The Galaxy picked up the intensity in the second half.
In the 52nd minute, Robbie Keane sent a dangerous low cross to the edge of the six-yard box, but Mike Magee’s shot somehow hit the crossbar. In the 67th minute, Magee beat the Herediano defense and put the ball in the net, but the linesman raised his flag for offside. The replays appeared to show Magee was easily in an onside position.
More controversy came at the end of the match. With just three minutes left in the match, Ismael Gomez went to the ground after the slightest of contact from LA defender Sean Franklin, who had extended his arm after being beat.
Jamaican referee Courtney Campbell signaled for a penalty kick. Gomez fired his penalty kick off the crossbar.
The second leg will take place Wednesday at the Home Depot Center.