SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES vs. LA GALAXY
AVAYA STADIUM, San Jose, Calif.
August 28, 2015 (WEEK 26, MLS Game #258)
11 p.m. ET (UniMás)
The third edition of the California Clasico in Major League Soccer play kicks off Heineken Rivalry Week when the San Jose Earthquakes play host to the LA Galaxy on Viernes de Fútbol at Avaya Stadium. It’s a meeting of two of the hottest teams in MLS. The Quakes return home after extending their winning streak to three games with a 2-0 victory over then-Supporters’ Shield leaders D.C. United last weekend. The Galaxy are on the road after winning their fourth consecutive game, taking over the lead in the MLS overall table with yet another five-goal outing at StubHub Center in a 5-1 triumph over New York City FC last Sunday afternoon.
- The Quakes won their third consecutive game in a week’s span – their longest winning streak since 2013 – recording a third consecutive shutout in a 2-0 victory at D.C. United on Saturday night.
- The Galaxy continued their remarkable home form, defeating New York City FC 5-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Galaxy scored five goals in a game for the sixth time in their last eight games in all competitions at StubHub Center; Robbie Keane scored two goals, his fourth multiple-goal game in the last seven MLS contests. Keane has scored 12 goals in the last seven league games.
- The teams have split their two matches this season. Matias Perez García set up goals by Chris Wondolowski and Clarence Goodson as the Quakes won 3-1 on June 27 at Stanford Stadium. Robbie Keane scored a hat trick and Steven Gerrard scored a goal and added an assist on his MLS debut, leading the Galaxy to a 5-2 win June 17 at StubHub Center – the most goals scored in a league game in the 20 seasons of the rivalry.
- The Galaxy have won just once in the last 11 regular season meetings in northern California, across three stadiums – a 1-0 victory last June 28 at Stanford Stadium. The Quakes finished undefeated against the Galaxy in league play at their former Buck Shaw Stadium home, with two wins and three draws in five matches there.
REFEREE: Jose Carlos Rivero
MLS Career: 53 games; FC/gm: 26.8; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 14; pens: 26
AR1 (bench): Jeff Hosking; AR2 (opposite): Mark Cahen; 4th: Ismail Elfath
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: SJ: Fatai Alashe … LA: Baggio Husidic
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: SJ: Victor Bernardez, Clarence Goodson, David Bingham, Shaun Francis, Sanna Nyassi, Jordan Stewart … LA: Juninho, Mika Vayrynen, Omar Gonzalez, A.J. DeLaGarza, Gyasi Zardes
DISABLED LIST: SJ: Steven Lenhart … LA: Brian Perk (season-ending injury)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (59 meetings): Earthquakes 19 wins (1 shootout), 80 goals…Galaxy 28 wins (4 shootout), 95 goals…Ties 12
AT SAN JOSE (31 meetings): Earthquakes 14 wins (1 shootout), 46 goals … Galaxy 10 wins (2 shootout), 40 goals … Ties 7
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