The road to the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League final may have become easier for the LA Galaxy, as the starting goalkeeper for Monterrey, their opponents in the semis, has been ruled out with an injury.
Reports out of Mexico state that Jonathan Orozco, the starting goalkeeper through Monterrey's back-to-back CCL titles, suffered a grade two tear in his right hamstring, and will be out an estimated four to six weeks. Orozco suffered the injury in training last week, and isn't expected to be back until the end of April. Meanwhile, Monterrey will play the Galaxy on April 3 and 10 in the home-and-away semifinal series.
Orozco has been a mainstay at goal for the Rayados since 2005, and is widely considered to be one of Mexico's best goalkeepers. Likely replacing him will be 34-year-old Juan de Díos Ibarra, who has seldom played for the first team, but does have two appearances in the current CCL tournament.