San Jose Earthquakes California Clasico game wrap: Quakes stun Galaxy late 2-1 Salinas gets the gamer

July 2, 2017

MLS, San Jose Earthquakes

Photo by San Jose Earthquakes: The fans give one of their favorite Quakes players a congratulations as San Jose gets a late goal in the 90th minute to get by the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 on Saturday night at Stanford Stadium

By London Marq

PALO ALTO–The Los Angeles Galaxy and the San Jose Earthquakes collided at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto for the California Clasico. A huge test for recently hired Quakes coach Chris Leitch. 50,000 jeering Earthquake fans created a raucous environment for the Galaxy in San Jose’s 2-1 win.

11 minutes in, Los Angeles would draw first blood with a goal from Van Damme quieting the crowd. From that point on, LA had the clear upper hand in the first half. San Jose’s play was lackluster, and they were seemingly unable to get out of their own way. While they had numerous chances in the scoring third of the pitch they failed to put any balls in the back of the net. The Galaxy fell into a level of complacency, and seemed content to hold onto their one goal lead.

The second half began with a sense of urgency for San Jose, but they still were having trouble finishing their chances. It took 30 minutes and some savvy footwork from Chris Wondolowski for the Quakes to get on the board in the 75th minute to tie it up. With 15 minutes left in the 90, LA became more aggressive trying to get their lead, that they had held for 64 minutes back.

At the end of the 90, four minutes were added to play. It seemed like we were dated for a draw. With two minutes left in additional time,  Shea Salinas bulged that back of the net. Sending LA home with no points in a dramatic finish.

These two teams meet again on nine days for the next round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. If this league match was a preview, it will surely be a fun one to watch.

 

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