In the words of Michael Buffer, “Let’s Get Ready To Rumble!” Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy, believe it or not, have their work cut out for them as they take on their true rivals, the San Jose Earthquakes, at Stanford Stadium on the campus of Stanford University on Palo Alto, Calif.
November 07, 2012; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan (10) celebrates with forward Robbie Keane (7) after the victory over the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
The current standings so far sees Los Angeles in the middle of the MLS Western Conference, but the Quakes are not too far behind. Rivalry is the lifeblood of sport, and this has all the making of another fun, passionate affair. It’s the California Clasico!
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 Round 1 of what the View feels is the best rivalry in Major League Soccer: Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes.
1. Goonies never die, they just score first
It’s true! Well, at least the View from Avalon says so in these Bold Predictions. A new-look Steven Lenhart is out to turn skeptics into believers and dreamers into doers. In the first half, Lenny gets in on goal.
2. So Wondo, So Fresh and So Clean
Despite hitting a rough patch this season, Chris Wondolowski the team’s leading goalscorer with five goals to his credit. He’ll bag number six on Saturday on The Farm.
3. Make way for Shea Salinas
Shea Salinas is tied for most assists this season with three, and he will get a couple under his belt against a team he needs to produce against-the Galaxy.
4. Adam Jahn will score
Another young face that has broken through this year for San Jose is Adam Jahn. He has four goals to his credit and is looking to make it five. He will do so in the second half.
5. Gyasi Zardes makes it great
June 23, 2013; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes (29) celebrates with forward Robbie Keane (7) after scoring a goal against Chivas USA during the first half at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gyasi Zardes is dangerous when he is able to perfect his skils against the big boys. This is a game where he has to be on point because San Jose are better that what their record indicate. Zardes scores in the first half.
6. Landon Donovan with a goal and an assist
If Landon Donovan is going to be on form heading into Gold Cup camp, this would be a good match to impress Jurgen Klinsmann. Donovan will get a goal and an assist this match.
7. Robbie Keane with a brace
Robbie Keane also needs to step up his game because it would be unfortunate if he hits a rough patch like Wondolowski is hitting right now. Keane will get a couple of goals to power the Galaxy.
This is a match where there will be goals, goals, and more goals. Defender Omar Gonzalez knows how to throw a wrench into Jon Busch’s save attempts, and he will score one off a set piece in the second half.
9. At least 30 fouls and four cards
You want passion? You want physicality? You want expulsions? You got it, because the View from Avalon is calling for it! At least 30 fouls will be whistles and four cards will be issues, with one of them being red.
10. Los Angeles wins a wild one on the Farm
So long stagnant play, hello fast wide-open attack and counter. This is a rivalry game! This is what it’s all about. Let’s see some goals! Let’s see some action! And most importantly…let’s see that Los Angeles Galaxy side stay in the middle of the MLS Western Conference. Galaxy win a goal festival.
Los Angeles Galaxy 5, San Jose Earthquakes 3