Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy continue their 2013 Major League Soccer season today against Mark Watson’s San Jose Earthquakes at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. A victory today will put the pressure on Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake at the top of the MLS Western Conference.
The match marks the final time that Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez are with LA before they head off to their respective national teams for 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification.
The current MLS Western Conference Standings heading into the contest…
|1||Real Salt Lake||48||28||1.71||14||8||6||52||35||17||27||15||25||2|
|5||Seattle Sounders FC||37||23||1.61||11||8||4||31||26||5||21||13||10||-8|
|8||San Jose Earthquakes||34||26||1.31||9||10||7||28||37||-9||19||7||9||-16|
Kickoff in Carson is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised locally by Time Warner Cable Sportsnet and Time Warner Cable Deportes. The Live Blog will begin at about 5:40 p.m. PT/8:40 p.m. ET. Keep it right here on the View from Avalon and FanSided for continuing coverage of the 2013 Major League Soccer season and all things Los Angeles Galaxy.
T-110: Welcome to the Live Blog between the Los Angeles Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes, live from the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. My name is Jo-Ryan Salazar, the Editor of the View from Avalon here on Fansided. Glad to have you on board.
T-109: Something unusual happened as I got to my location in the press box: Landon Donovan was doing wind sprints and stretching. You have to give credit to this guy: this is a player that not only wants to beat San Jose badly, but also help the USA beat Costa Rica IN Costa Rica. I just hope that his warmups this early were not in vain.
T-105: We have a lot of results to give you today. First, in CONCACAF action…Houston Dynamo defeated Deportive Arabe Unido 2-1, Sporting Kansas City shut out Deportivo Olimpia 2-0 and the Quakes lost to CD Heredia 1-0. San Jose will look to bounce back later tonight on the View. In league play, Toronto FC and the New England Revolution drew 1-1 and Real Salt Lake pasted the Portland Timbers 4-2.
Philadelphia Union and Montreal Impact are currently in a scoreless draw, and Lloyd Sam has given New York Red Bulls a 1-0 over D.C. United. Finally, Kansas City and the Colorado Rapids are in a scoreless draw early.
T-101: The preview, from MLSSoccer.com.
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)
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
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
T-99: Odds from oddschecker…
Los Angeles Galaxy 4/7
San Jose Earthquakes 26/5
BERNARDEZ ABSENCE CREATES A SIGNIFICANT HOLE IN FOR GALAXY TO EXPLOIT
The San Jose Earthquakes will be without three players due to suspension (Rafael Baca, Victor Bernárdez, Justin Morrow), but none of those players is more valuable to San Jose than Bernárdez. With the Honduran central defender unavailable to play on Saturday, expect LA to target whoever fills in for him beside Clarence Goodson.
GYASI ZARDES BECOMING A FOCAL POINT FOR THE GALAXY ATTACK
Gyasi Zardes is continuing to transition to life out on the left flank for the LA Galaxy and with each passing match, he is becoming a crucial part of LA’s attack.
Zardes has started the last three matches out wide and has shined as he’s used his speed to challenge opposing full backs and set up scoring opportunities. Being stationed out on the left hasn’t taken away from his shots as the 21-year-old has tallied 10 shots in his last three matches. Once the rookie starts finding the back of the net on a regular basis, the Galaxy will have found yet another meaningful contributor to the offense.
OUT BASH THE “BASH BROTHERS” AND CLOSE OUT THE GAME
During past meetings, the San Jose Earthquakes have exploited the Galaxy’s lack of size in the back four, but the center back tandem of Omar Gonzalez and Leonardo should give San Jose’s forwards Alan Gordon, Steven Lenhart , and Chris Wondolowski all that they can handle on Saturday.
T-80: Well, if you are anywhere close to the Los Angeles area, I can tell you that it has been a very hot week. Upper ridges make the end of August feel like early July. That, and Santa Ana Winds. I think this weather is a culmination of both of those two things. Keeping the players rehydrated and match-fit will be key. I believe that the team with the superior fitness will prevail. Forget records and league standings. Toss them out when this begins.
T-79: New York lead D.C. United at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. to the tune of 2-1 thanks to Tim Cahill. Nick DeLeon scored for D.C.
T-78: Meanwhile, it’s scoreless between Philly and Montreal. Sporting and Colorado are also still scoreless.
T-72: After a long delay, we are now kicking off between the Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders. Scoreless early.
T-68: Tomorrow, we have two more games: the Chicago Fire host Houston, and the Vancouver Whitecaps host Chivas USA.
T-66: Sporting Kansas City now lead the Colorado Rapids 1-0 thanks to Benny Feilhaber in the 33rd minute.
T-60: One hour to go.
T-38: Final score from PPL Park…Philadelphia Union 0, Montreal Impact 0. Seattle now lead Columbus 1-0 thanks to Eddie Johnson in the 14th minute.
T-37: Both teams now begin warmups.
T-36: Looks like Lalas Hill is open tonight. That means a sellout is imminent.
T-30: A half-hour to go to kickoff. Lineups coming shortly.
T-16: Edson Buddle has pulled one back to make it 1-1 between KC and Colorado. Been a bit of a delay with getting the lineups.
T-15: LA Galaxy ✔ @LAGalaxy
The #LAGalaxy Starting XI vs. SJ: Penedo; DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Leonardo, Dunivant; Franklin, Sarvas, Juninho, Zardes; Donovan, Keane (C)
6:48 PM – 31 Aug 2013
T-13: Both teams conclude warmups.
LOS ANGELES GALAXY
Manager: Bruce Arena
Colors: White tops with blue sashes, white shorts, white socks
18 Jaime Penedo
20 A.J. DeLaGarza —- 22 Leonardo —- 4 Omar Gonzalez —- 2 Todd Dunivant
5 Sean Franklin —- 8 Marcelo Sarvas —- 19 Juninho —- 29 Gyasi Zardes
7 Robbie Keane (C) —- 10 Landon Donovan
32 Jack McBean FWD
33 Jose Villareal FWD
6 Pablo Mastroeni MID
21 Tommy Meyer DEF
26 Michael Stephens MID
16 Hector Jimenez MID
12 Brian Rowe GK
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
Manager: Mark Watson
Colors: Blue tops, blue shorts, blue socks
18 Jon Busch
22 Abu Tommy —- 44 Clarence Goodson —- 21 Jason Hernandez —- 33 Steven Beitashour
4 Sam Cronin —- 81 Marvin Chavez —- 24 Alan Gordon —- 8 Chris Wondolowski (C) —- 7 Cordell Cato
16 Steven Lenhart
10 Walter Martinez FWD
3 Dan Gargan DEF
6 Shea Salinas MID
19 Jaime Alas MID
12 Ramiro Corrales MID
1 David Bingham GK
14 Adam Jahn FWD
T-0: Players enter the pitch to the strains of the MLS Anthem.
National anthem by Mimi Sledge.
FIRST HALF START: 7:38 P.M. PT/10:38 P.M. ET
1′ - Here we go. The first half begins.
2′ – Leonardo plays it forward. Better speed, better quickness, and better fitness. That will be key. Too much from Gyasi Zardes. San Jose win a restart. This is Sam Cronin. Now it’s Omar Gonzalez playing it forward, Good ball rotation here from the Galaxy.
3′ – Here’s a throw-in for San Jose, and that didn’t materialize. San Jose are going with a 4-5-1. Long ball for Robbie Keane is collected by Jon Busch. Expect TheJon to have ABigGame making stops in goal.
4′ – Kevin Stott plays advantage to San Jose. Casbah are here tonight.
5′ – Unless bedlam ensues in Victoria Street, this game is going to be low-scoring. Jon Busch will play this one forward.
6′ – Little chanting competition going on here. Robbie Keane can’t reel that in. Not a good touch from Zardes.
7′ – Stott awards a restart to San Jose. Omar plays it forward after a little “don’t argue.”
8′ – Landon Donovan take a throw-in quickly and that fizzles out. San Jose with containment.
9′ – Nice recovery from Jordan Stewart. I may be calling his name a bit today. Corner, Quakes.
10′ – Penedo with a save. That’s one. Throw-in for the Quakes. Steven Beitashour. Goal kick, that’s wide left.
11′ – Very tense opening so far.
12′ - Zardes, Juninho and Gonzalez play it forward. Good movement again.
13′ – That shot did not test Busch. He lets that roll out for a goal kick.
14′ – Gonzalez marking Gordon. And Stott plays advantage to the visitors. Now it’s the Quakes moving the ball around.
15′ – Here’s Todd Dunivant moving it around. A chance. Cleared. LA regain possession.
16′ – Patience will be important for LA in the early going, And that is a poor touch from Zardes, another one. Stott awards another restart to San Jose.
17′ – Now here’s Steven Lenhart. No dice. That’s cleared. Restart to the Galaxy.
18′ – It seems to me that San Jose saved their energy from the Heredia match for this one tonight. And the Goonies live up to their time-wasting reputation. A trademark, mind.
19′ – Busch plays this forward. And so does Jaime Penedo. End to end. Robbie Keane missed wide left. Ouch.
20′ – We’re 20 minutes in, and there is no score.
21′ – The Keane-to-Donovan connection will need work. Then again, San Jose is no Cartagines. Corner, LA. Donovan to take.
22′ – Collected by Busch. Donovan will need to work on that when the USA face Costa Rica in Costa Rica.
23′ – Marcelo Sarvas wins that argument. Now here’s Zardes, and that will have to be played back. Whoops.
24′ – Chris Wondolowski with the touch. He’s San Jose’s top DP. A long pass to Keane is intercepted.
25′ – Steven Lenhart wins that duel. A feather in the cap. Now here is San Jose with the throw. Wondo plays it back…
26′ – A free kick from 40 yards out for SJ is cleared. Transition…
GOAL! Los Angeles Galaxy 10 Landon Donovan
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27′ – Hang on tight, we’re in for some goals here. Now San Jose will need to do what they did last time, and utilize speed and pressure.
28′ – Chris Wondolowski with the touch, and Marcelo Sarvas with the reaction.
29′ – Throw-in for the Quakes. Leonardo with a speculative clearance.
30′ – Wondolowski misses wide left and even so, that would have been saved by Penedo.
31′ – Lenhart wins a throw as we pass the half-hour mark. Here’s Beitashour. Take two. Now it’s a throw-in for Zardes.
32′ – A shot from Stewart, and that is wide. Good buildup from the Quakes.
33′ – Long ball to Keane is intercepted. Back come the visitors. First chance of the night from the aforementioned Alan Gordon. Wide left.
34′ – Throw-in for Dunivant. Now it’s Penedo. San Jose stay back, preparing for a counter.
35′ – LA”s backline are a bit perturbed at the moment.
36′ – Shot from Donovan is too high and has too much pace. That was almost trouble for Sean Franklin.
37′ – Free kick, Galaxy. Donovan to take. Wall is set, and A.J. DeLaGarza stops the counter.
38′ – Advantage again played by Stott.
39′ – A key pass for Keane is cleared. Well, it’s 8:17 p.m. local time here, and it feels a long, hot, summer night. Which it is. Late summer, that is.
40′ – Zardes. Now, a chance. A little too much there from Keano. Easy collection from Busch.
41′ - Hey look, an offsides call. On San Jose. Galaxy slowing things down for their next sequence.
41′ – Zardes wins a penalty. And Zardes is shaken up. He’ll be feeling that one tomorrow.
42′ – It’s Robbie Keane’s turn to see if he can score.
43′ – GOAL! Los Angeles Galaxy 7 Robbie Keane
Cool as you like.
44′ – Well, here’s a familiar situation: San Jose are down 2-0. Good by Zardes to win the penalty. Bad by Marcelo to lose that duel.
45′ – Leonardo stops Chris Wondolowski. Two minutes, says Daniel Radford.
45′ + 1′ – Some altercations going on right now. And a hydration break, too.
45′ + 2′ – Throw-in for San Jose. Beitashour to take. Now here’s a throw for Sam Cronin.
45 + 3′ - Corner for San Jose. Marvin Chavez time. Cleared.
45′ + 4′ - Halftime, then.
LOS ANGELES GALAXY 2
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 0
|LA Galaxy||San Jose Earthquakes|
|5||Attempts on Goal||5|
|2||Shots on Target||1|
|3||Shots off Target||4|
|6||Open Play Crosses||6|
|0||First Yellow Cards||0|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|48%||Duels Won %||51%|
|86%||Passing Accuracy %||78%|
The onus now for San Jose is to do what they did to prevail in their last game with LA: win the second half, win the balls, go full throttle with the legs. As for the Galaxy, they know a two-goal lead is something they can give up. They cannot let this happen again.
But will it? Or will the Galaxy force the rubber match on October 20? Stay tuned, here on the View.
SECOND HALF START: 8:42 P.M. PT/11:42 P.M. ET
46′ – The second half begins. If I’m Bruce Arena, I add to this.
47′ – 2-0 is not enough against a team like San Jose. They can and will rally back when they have the opportunity. So expect the Galaxy to pile on the pressure.
48′ – San Jose with pressure. Cleared by LA. My laptop just melted on me.
49′ – Sorry about the delay for this, my laptop overheated. Good movement from the Quakes.
50′- San Jose are still looking for an opening. Too early for the Galaxy to think about closing time.
51′ – Free kick for the Quakes from 25 out. Collected by Jaime Penedo. This is why I have my iPad. It’s a safety net in the event of hot days like this.
52′ – Chris Wondolowski now, and that will be a corner conceded by Gonzalez. Marvin Chavez. Cleared.
53′ – Offsides. Here come LA. Keane is denied.
54′ – Quakes with good ball movement.
55′ – Chavez with another corner, cleared. Transition snuffed out by Busch. Good collection.
56′ – Gordon now. Zardes will not reach to that ball. Throw-in to the Quakes. Zardes clears.
57′ – well, it seems to me that LA are content with playing a defensive second half. Not sure that is smart, but oh well.
58′ – San Jose are racking up the possession right now, but LA are countering with a defensive clinic of their own. Alan Gordon now. Can he spark up the Quakes?
59′ – That is a terrible shot from Robbie Keane. I do not know what he was thinking there.
60′ – Jordan Stewart is the real deal for this San Jose side. Back come LA, and that fizzled. Goal kick, Jon Busch.
61′ – Stewart’s last club was Coventry City of The Football League. Back come the Galaxy. Poor ball from Todd Dunivant.
62′ – free kick for SJ. DeLaGarza holds Cato at bay.
63′ – Corner for LA. Donovan to take.
64′ – And that is cleared. San Jose, living on the edge. Busch collects. Stewart, to Gordon.
65′ – Quakes moving it around. Penedo collects. He doesn’t want to do much work tonight.
66′ – Offsides, San Jose. That was trouble.
67′ – A throw-in to the Galaxy. Jordan Stewart with another clearance.
GOAL! Los Angeles Galaxy 7 Robbie Keane
It’s a brace for the ace.
68′ – Now the floodgates may be opening here.
69′ – That should have been three right there for Keane. Unbelievable.
70′ – And as the old saying goes, “Goonies gonna Goonies.” Wondolowski may be taking too much time here.
71′ – Throw-in to DeLaGarza. Quakes collect. We have a man down.
72′ – Cato is shaken up.
Substitution San Jose Earthquakes
In 6 Shea Salinas
Out 81 Marvin Chavez
73′ – The Galaxy are thinking a little bit about lockdown, but it’s not the 75th minute yet.
74′ – Cheeky pass, Alan Gordon. Could you, for old times sakes, be a bit more creative?
75′ – Now here is where the match will definitely be won: the last 15 and stoppage.
76′ – Clarence Goodson clears. first time I called his name tonight.
Substitution San Jose Earthquakes
In 19 Jaime Alas
Out 24 Alan Gordon
77′ – Corner now for San Jose, and this is why Jaime Penedo is the starting goalkeeper. A clutch stop.
78′ – Shea Salinas now. I believe he was mentioned in the Bold Predictions. what a save from Jon Busch. Best save of the night from Buschy, what a stop.
79′ – Another stop from Jon Busch. TheJon is keeping the Quakes in this one.
80′ – Corner now for the Quakes, and Steven Lenhart is back to his antics again.
81′ – DeLaGarza got abused there. We are going to see Mr. garbage time here, a.k.a. Michael Stephens.
82′- Zardes is done. He has to be.
83′ – Substitution Los Angeles Galaxy
In 26 Michael Stephens
Out 20 A.J. DeLaGarza
84′ – Substitution Los Angeles Galaxy
In 6 Pablo Mastroeni
Out 29 Gyasi Zardes
85′ – The Galaxy will have to do the smart thing and close up shop here.
86′ – San Jose are listless. I don’t think stoppage time can bail them out here but you never know…
87′ – Sean Franklin now. San Jose on the attack. And Lenhart is denied by the LA back line.
88′ - Stewart has impressed me so far. He will be a problem in the next meeting on Oct. 20.
89′ – That pass from Donovan to Keane has way to much pace. Gonzalez with the clearance.
90′ Substitution San Jose Earthquakes
In 14 Adam Jahn
Out 16 Steven Lenhart
Right now, it would take a massive meltdown for LA to give up the points.
Substitution Los Angeles Galaxy
In 32 Jack McBean
Out 7 Robbie Keane
90′ + 1′ Four minutes, says Daniel Radford. That misses for Jahn.
90′ + 2′ Penedo collects. He has been money tonight.
90 + 3′ Offsides Quakes. It’s been that type of night.
90 + 4′ One more for San Jose. Cleared.
90′ + 5′ We are deep into stoppage time, a Galaxy player shaken up, may be Mastroeni. That is that.
LOS ANGELES GALAXY 3
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 0
|LA Galaxy||San Jose Earthquakes|
|11||Attempts on Goal||8|
|5||Shots on Target||2|
|5||Shots off Target||6|
|9||Open Play Crosses||15|
|0||First Yellow Cards||0|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|49%||Duels Won %||50%|
|84%||Passing Accuracy %||81%|
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