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LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes, August 31, 2013

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LA GALAXY vs SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
STUBHUB CENTER, Carson, Calif.
August 31, 2013 (WEEK 27, MLS Game #248) 7:30 p.m. PT (TWCSN-LA/TWCD; CSN-CA+)

The second California Clasico is on offer this season as the LA Galaxy entertain the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday evening at StubHub Center. The teams waged another CaliClasico classic earlier this season, the Quakes scoring two late goals while a man down for a 3-2 win. The Galaxy find themselves in second place in the Western Conference to start the weekend, coming off a 1-0 win at Vancouver last weekend. The Earthquakes are coming off a 2-2 draw at FC Dallas last weekend and in eighth place in the division, yet just three points out of a playoff position.

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REFEREE: Kevin Stott. AR1 (bench): Mike Rottersman; AR2 (opposite): Brian Poeschel; 4th: Daniel Radford
MLS Career: 239 games; FC/gm: 25.6; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 60; pens: 52

DISABLED LIST: SJ: Ty Harden, Peter McGlynn
SUSPENDED: SJ: Rafael Baca (caution accumulation; through Sept. 1); Victor Bernardez (through Sept. 1); Justin Morrow (through Sept. 1)

WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: SJ: Steven Lenhart, Chris Wondolowski
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: LA: Juninho, A.J. DeLaGarza, Marcelo Sarvas, Sean Franklin … SJ: Sam Cronin
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (52 meetings): Galaxy 25 wins (4 shootout), 82 goals… Earthquakes 18 wins (1 shootout), 72 goals… Ties 9
AT LA (24 meetings): Galaxy 16 wins (2 shootout), 45 goals … Earthquakes 5 wins (0 shootout), 30 goals … Ties 3
RETURN MATCH: 10/20: LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 6 p.m. PT (ESPN)

  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. It was yet another wild California Clasico June 29 at Stanford Stadium, as Shea Salinas and Alan Gordon each scored in stoppage time with the Earthquakes a man down, leading to a 3-2 San Jose victory.
  • The Earthquakes have an eight-game league unbeaten streak alive at home against the Galaxy, now across three stadiums. The streak started Aug. 3, 2008, at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
  • Along the course of their rivalry, the teams have played in six stadiums -- the Rose Bowl and Home Depot Center for Galaxy home games, and Spartan Stadium, Stanford Stadium, Oakland-Alameda Coliseum and Buck Shaw Stadium in Earthquakes home games.
  • In a touch of irony, Landon Donovan is almost the leader for each club against the other. Donovan leads the Galaxy with 7 goals and 7 assists in 13 games for LA vs. the Quakes. In 12 career games for San Jose vs. the Galaxy, Donovan had 4 goals -- one behind Ronald Cerritos, whose five leads all Quakes in California Clasicos.
  • The teams also met in the Western Conference Semifinals a season ago. The Quakes won the first leg 1-0 in Carson, but the Galaxy claimed the series with a 3-1 win at Buck Shaw Stadium, the club’s first win in northern California since 2008.
  • Coaches record: Mark Watson vs. LA: P1 W1 L0 D0 … Bruce Arena v SJ: P19 W7 L8 D4

LAST MEETING (MLS)
6/29: SJ 3, LA 2 (Gordon 68, 93+; Salinas 92+) -- (Sarvas 20; Jimenez 65)

  • The Galaxy took the lead in the 25th minute through a well-worked goal. Landon Donovan floated a pass across the top of San Jose’s box which Robbie Keane struck on the fly with his left foot, and Marcelo Sarvas followed with a right-footed volley of his own inside the near post.
  • LA doubled its advantage in the 65th minute. Donovan fed an overlapping Keane in the left side of the Quakes’ penalty area, and he fed the ball across the 6-yard box to the far post, where Jimenez slotted home into the open net.
  • The Quakes began their comeback in the 68th minute. Just four minutes after coming on as a substitute, Alan Gordon headed home a Shea Salinas cross. But San Jose's chances looked dire after defender Victor Bernardez saw two yellow cards in the space of eight minutes and was sent off in the 77th minute.
  • Yet the home side equalized in the 92nd minute when Salinas hammered home a loose rebound after LA goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini was unable to corral a deflected flick header from San Jose rookie Adam Jahn.
  • The dramatic winner then came less than 90 seconds later, when Gordon headed home a chipped cross from just inside LA’s penalty area by San Jose midfielder Sam Cronin.
  • SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (4-4-2): Jon Busch - Steven Beitashour, Jason Hernandez, Victor Bernardez (ejected 77), Justin Morrow - Marvin Chavez, Sam Cronin, Rafael Baca (Adam Jahn 80), Shea Salinas - Chris Wondolowski, Steven Lenhart (Alan Gordon 64).
  • LA GALAXY (4-4-2): Carlo Cudicini - Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant - Landon Donovan, Marcelo Sarvas, Juninho (Pablo Mastroeni 79), Robbie Rogers (Hector Jimenez 64) - Gyasi Zardes (Jack McBean 86), Robbie Keane.

LA GALAXY
The LA Galaxy won for a second match in a row, defeating Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-0 on Saturday evening at BC Place. The Galaxy are now in second place in the Western Conference with 40 points from 25 matches.

LAST MATCH

  • The game's lone goal came in the third minute. Landon Donovan latched on a loose ball poked away from Robbie Keane and fired a shot into the top left side of goal from outside the area, his 131st career MLS league goal.
  • Jaime Penedo was credited with five saves in the shutout, including a world-class stop in the 82nd minute, recovering after making a dive for a Kekuta Manneh shot that hit the post to spring and deny a rebound chance from Jordan Harvey.
  • Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena made no changes to the team that defeated Real Salt Lake 4-2 at StubHub Center.
  • LA GALAXY (4-4-2): Jaime Penedo - A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Leonardo, Todd Dunivant - Hector Jimenez (Sean Franklin 68), Marcelo Sarvas, Juninho, Gyasi Zardes - Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane.

TEAM NEWS

  • It was a second consecutive victory for the Galaxy in league play. They have yet to win three games in a row in MLS this season – they won back-to-back games April 20-27 and July 4-7.
  • “That's just a good ole grind-it-out, three-points-on-the-road win, which our team really has not experienced this year,” head coach Bruce Arena said. “The team played great, obviously Jaime made a fabulous save at the end of the game, and those are the kind of games you have to win. And we've not been able to do that this year, so this is big for our team.”
  • The Galaxy won away from the StubHub Center for the first time since 4-1 win at Philadelphia Union’s PPL Park on May 15. They had gone 1-6-1 in their eight “away” matches since – the lone win was the 1-0 win vs. Chivas USA in Carson on June 23, when the Galaxy were the visiting team.
  • “This is the final 10 games so we should start winning games. You know this reminds me of a couple years back, or maybe even last year when we were winning games 1-0. Those games are really important for us, and we used to pride ourselves on winning games 1-0, and tonight we really worked hard as a team,” said defender Omar Gonzalez.
  • Landon Donovan scored his fourth goal over the last three matches and now has 131 for his MLS league career – three away from the all-time record held by Jeff Cunningham.
  • “The record I want right now is the sixth MLS Cup, if the other one comes along the way then great,” Donovan said. “It helps a lot when you’re on the road; it puts the team in a good position. Even if they score, you’re back where you’re started so it’s a nice way to start a game. It allows us to play a little more cautiously and worry about defending and countering.”
  • On Wednesday, Donovan confirmed his future with the club for the foreseeable future, signing a multi-year contract extension with the Galaxy.
  • Jaime Penedo recorded his first shutout in MLS in his second start in the league, after backstopping the home win vs. Real Salt Lake.
  • “The save could potentially be save of the year. Other than that he was really solid. He came off his line, he was aggressive, he made solid saves when he needed to, he came and got the ball off crosses when he needed to,” said Donovan. “You can’t ask more of a goalie in a game like this, and I thought he was excellent.”
  • While the Galaxy kept an unchanged lineup, it was a third consecutive start for the same back four – after allowing five goals in the first two. The group had previously started two of the opening four league games this season, then not since March 30.
  • “I think it’s important to have high-profile center backs. Leonardo gives us that. You see a lot of these games when you’re under a lot of pressure. The ball’s in the air, we’re being challenged. Our center backs can hold up to those battles,” Arena said.

 

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
The San Jose Earthquakes put an end to their road losing streak, reaching a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas on Saturday evening in Frisco. The Quakes sit in a tie for seventh place in the Western Conference with 36 points from 26 matches.

LAST MATCH

  • The Earthquakes got off to a flying start with two goals inside the first 16 minutes. In the eighth minute, midfielder Cordell Cato carried the ball all the way through the Dallas 18-yard box and delivered a perfect square pass for onrushing forward Alan Gordon, who knocked a low, hard, first-time shot to beat Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez.
  • Eight minutes later the lead was doubled. Quakes midfielder Rafael Baca sent a perfect chip over the top and to the feet of Steven Beitashour, who showed a soft touch in calmly volleying home past a helpless Fernandez.
  • FC Dallas made an immediate response in the 19th minute. A cross from Michel found Je-Vaughn Watson just outside of the San Jose area, and he headed the ball forward to Blas Perez, who was able to stretch and poke the ball toward the net just before ‘Quakes keeper Jon Busch could reach it.
  • In the 69th minute, Quakes center back Victor Bernardez made contact with Perez in the box and referee Baldomero Toledo pointed to the spot. Michel stepped up to take the penalty kick and calmly chipped a leftfooted shot into the left side of the net.
  • The Quakes went a man down in the 81st minute when Justin Morrow was shown a straight red card for taking out Dallas substitute Ramon Nunez on a breakaway. Both teams then saw a player sent off in the 86th minute when Toledo expelled Bernardez and FCD substitute Kenny Cooper.
  • Quakes interim head coach Mark Watson made one change to the team that defeated Sporting Kansas City 1-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Cordell Cato came into the midfield in place of Jaime Alas.
  • SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (4-4-2): Jon Busch - Steven Beitashour, Clarence Goodson, Victor Bernardez (ejected 86), Jordan Stewart - Marvin Chavez (Justin Morrow 66; ejected 81), Sam Cronin, Rafael Baca (Jason Hernandez 87), Cordell Cato - Chris Wondolowski, Alan Gordon (Steven Lenhart 58).

 

TEAM NEWS

  • The draw snapped a four-game road losing streak for the Earthquakes, and were the first points taken on the road under interim head coach Mark Watson since a 2-1 win at Colorado in his debut.
  • “It was a perfect start. Two goals in the first 20 minutes away from home is as good as it gets. Once the second goal went in the real goal was to defend and not concede for that next 10 minutes. We know they’re coming right back at you full of adrenaline and want to get one back,” said Watson. “Unfortunately they did get one, but I thought our guys fought right until the end. I’m just proud of our guys getting a point.”
  • The Quakes still have just one win on their travels, tied with Chivas USA for second-fewest in the league, behind D.C. United (still winless in 12 away matches). Of the Quakes final eight games, four are on the road.
  • “We have 27 points [available] and we feel we can get 20, 21 of them,” Wondolowski said. “If we do go on a run, we’ll be hitting our stride and heading in the right direction [heading into the playoffs]. I’d much rather do that than be at the top and fall and be scrambling and trying to hold on.”
  • Alan Gordon scored his fourth goal of the season, his first since netting three in two games June 29-July 3, including a pair in the first meeting with LA. Gordon also recorded his first assist since June 19.
  • “It’s very disappointing for us,” Gordon said. “We were in position to get three points here. I think we did enough to win the game. You can make your opinions about what you think about how they ended up tying the game, but it’s disappointing to us.”
  • Cordell Cato returned to the starting lineup after coming off the substitutes’ bench vs. Sporting KC, and recorded his first MLS assist.
  • Fullback Steven Beitashour scored his first goal in MLS since April 24, 2010 – which was his third professional match. Beitashour has a goal and three assists over the last eight matches.
  • “I thought our team defending was pretty good overall. The mentality we approached the game with was really good for 90 minutes and as a coach I was really happy to see that,” Watson said. “If you look at the full game, playing down a man for that amount of time, getting a point on the road is not a bad game. Especially when it is with a team that is close to you in the table.”
  • On Wednesday, the Quakes lost their second 1-0 match in the CONCACAF Champions League, falling to Heredia of Guatemala on the road.
  • Here’s the Quakes team: David Bingham, Dan Gargan, Victor Bernardez, Jason Hernandez, Justin Morrow, Walter Martinez (Cordell Cato 63), Ramiro Corrales (Steven Lenhart 70), Rafael Baca, Jaime Alas (Marvin Chavez 75), Chris Wondolowski, Adam Jahn.