Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy were very unfortunate to have let Mark Watson’s San Jose Earthquakes off the hook in stoppage time. Since that point, the emphasis has been to win the last 15 minutes and stoppage. It helps matters to know that Jaime Penedo can actually makes saves, unlike Carlo Cudicini. The Earthquakes will see their shooting prowess tested on Saturday at StubHub Center on Saturday, Aug. 31.
Can San Jose make it two straight California Clasico victories? Or will the Galaxy force the rubber match later this year? Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable Sportsnet and Time Warner Cable Deportes. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for the match this Saturday between the Los Angeles Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes.
1. Alan Gordon will score
As promised earlier this year, the View from Avalon predicts that Alan Gordon will score on the Los Angeles Galaxy. Next.
2. Landon Donovan with a goal and assist
This year, Landon Donovan has been on a tear. After a slow start to the season, Donovan has hit his stride with seven goals and assists each. Donovan continues his match to history on Saturday with a goal and an assist.
3. No goals or assists for Chris Wondolowski
Wondo was a player that LA’s backline was successful in keying in on. They will look to neutralize Wondolowski once again this weekend. No goals or assists.
4. Robbie Keane with a brace
If Robbie Keane gets a good touch, and Robbie Keane gets a good finish, Robbie Keane will score, it’s that simple. Keane will get a brace on his bobblehead night.
5. Jaime Penedo with at least five saves
Jaime Penedo is out to show LA’s chief rivals what his ability can do. Watch as Penedo makes at least five saves and fires up the Galaxy backline to do their end of the deal.
6. Jon Busch with at least five saves
There will be no shutout on either end, but there will be saves. Look for Jon Busch to put on another solid performance against the Galaxy with att least five saves.
7. No goals in the first half
This will be one of the matches where the second half is wide open and typical of the style of play in this league. There will be no goals in the first half.
8. Shea Salinas held at bay
One of the players on San Jose that LA failed to account for was Shea Salinas. The Galaxy are going to do their homework and close down on Salinas on Saturday. No goals or assists.
9. At least 30 fouls and four cards
This is the premier rivalry series in all of Major League Soccer, so expect the action and passion to be fierce and fun. At least 30 fouls will be called and four cards of any color will be issued. Yes, that’s right, at least one player will be sent off in this contest.
10. Showtime for Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Galaxy are going to clean up their act on Saturday night and stop the San Jose Earthquakes. They won’t stop Alan Gordon, but everything else will go to plan.
Los Angeles Galaxy 3, San Jose Earthquakes 1