Galaxy drop decision vs. Quakes
The Los Angeles Galaxy ended their week of training Thursday before leaving for Spain with a 2-1 loss against the San Jose Earthquakes. In a very intense
game, it was clear that both sides were there to play hard. Both teams
ignored the rules of "fair play" and revived the intense rivalry that the
two teams have harvested from the start of the league.
The goals were the work of ex-Galaxy player Alejandro Moreno (San
Jose), Alan Gordon (Los Angeles) and Chris Wondolowski (San Jose) at the
7th, 35th and 88th minutes, respectively.
The game had just started when Moreno capitalized on a Galaxy
mistake. Ex-San Jose defender Todd Dunivant left Moreno all alone, leading to a one-on-one against Galaxy 'keeper Steve Cronin. Moreno cooly ran
onto a long ball from Brad Davis and and chipped the ball into the left corner.
After the goal, the Galaxy pushed hard to attack. However, the San Jose
defense lead by Eddie Robinson and Troy Dayak denied most attempts by the Galaxy
to break through. It wasn't until the 35th minute when Gordon put
the Galaxy on the board. Gordon received a long pass from Dunivant,
brought it down with ease and slotted the ball into the goal. Fabian Estay
proved to be the catalyst of most of the Galaxy attack, as he
continuously disoriented the San Jose midfield.
In the second half, both teams made multiple changes that slowed down
the game. Both coaches were using this game to look at their players.
Zimbabwean Mubarike "Mamba" Chisoni was one Galaxy player that came on. He was a delight to watch, mixing power, speed and spice. He created
many chances for the Galaxy and was unlucky not to score. When the match
seemed to be ending as a 1-1 draw, San Jose scored. A free kick from San
Jose defender Kevin Goldwaithe rebounded off Steve Cronin and was
finished by another rookie, Wondolowski.
"Like in all of preseason, the goal today was one of many," said Galaxy coach Steve Sampson. "These games
serve to show me how much depth we have. Our team played well in the
defeat. Now we are traveling to Spain, where we will start the second phase
of our preseason. I'll learn more from the games with Osasuna and
This was the second Galaxy defeat in four preseason games. The
players who have made it this far packed their suitcases to catch
their flight which left at 1 a.m. on Friday.
Rene Romano is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.