Poor Defense Leads to Barrage of Goals in Earthquakes Loss 4-2

May 27, 2017

MLS, San Jose Earthquakes

Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes (right) and dos Santos LA Galaxy (left) both found the back of the net in the Galaxy’s 4-2 win over the Quakes at Avaya Stadium on Saturday night in MLS action Lyndsay Radnedge | Center Line Soccer

By: Joe Lami

SAN JOSE, Calif.—The Memorial Day fireworks came to San Jose early this weekend, as the Earthquakes held the first leg of the California Classico on Saturday at Avaya Stadium. In a first half that saw five combined goals, both team’s back lines struggled.

It took just 10 minutes for San Jose to find the back of the net. Who else but Chris Wondlowski would get the night going burying his sixth goal of the season. The play was created off the boot of Danny Hoesen to the left of the box. The Dutchman’s cross was perfection, as it found Wondo’s right boot right next to the goal line for the easy putaway.

LA equalized the game in the 18th minute off the foot of Joao Pedro, who picked up his first tally in MLS by beating goaltender David Bingham to the bottom right corner. All credit goes to Ashley Cole though, as he was able to split two defenders on the through ball.

The game remained tied until the 35th minute when Bradley Diallo drew a very controversial penalty inside the box. By driving his way inside, he jumped over Quakes defender and flopped to draw the whistle. Fans of Avaya did not agree with referee, Ricardo Salazar, but it wouldn’t sway his opinion. Giovani dos Santos drilled in the penalty to give LA the 2-1 lead.

San Jose answered back immediately, as Danny Hoesen earned another point, by netting his first goal in an Earthquakes kit. The played developed off the left box, as the cross found Hoesen, who was able to backheel it home for the equalizer.

The terrible half continued for the Quakes back line as LA was able to force an own goal off the back of Victor Bernardez. The cross came in from the right side from Diallo and awkwardly was redirected off of Bernardez’s shoulder into the cage for the 3-2 score.

Play really settled down for the first 20 minutes of the second half until another streaking chance for the Galaxy ended in a goal. Giovani dos Santos scored his second of the match on the breakaway. The opportunity was created by Romain Alessandrini who curled a floater into the box from the left side, allowing Giovani to get under it and head home the 4-2 lead.

LA would clamp down the game defensively and ride out the win for their third straight on the road, as they continue to be one of the hottest in MLS. The win moves the Galaxy up the table now into the final playoff position with 17 points.

San Jose’s loss marks the first of the year at Avaya, as they were unbeaten at home for the first six games of the season. The Quakes remain in the top six in the Western Conference in fourth with 19 points but really squandered the chance to make a big jump. They look to rebound on the road against Portland on Friday against a Timbers team that’s neck and neck with the Quakes.


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