The San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-2 in a thrilling California Classico at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, CA.
The Galaxy struck first at the 20 minute mark when Marcelo Sarvas right-footed in an assist from Robbie Keane into the bottom right corner of the net.
Keane almost got another assist when he fed Gyasi Zardes in the center box, but Zardes’ shot missed wide right at the 57th minute.
The Galaxy continued to press the action, and Keane assisted again on the Galaxy’s next goal when he found Hector Jimenez in the center box, who found the back of the net from the bottom right corner. Jimenez had just entered the match at the 64-minute mark as a substitute for Robbie Rogers, before he converted on his goal at the 65th minute to give LA a 2-0 lead.
San Jose responded shortly thereafter at the 68-minute mark when Alan Gordon’s header found the bottom left corner of the net, assisted from a Shea Salinas cross. Gordon’s substitution was also timely as he replaced Steven Lenhart at the 64-minute mark, after Lenhart left the game with a cut on his face.
The physical match was accentuated when San Jose’s Victor Bernardez was flagged for a yellow card on the 69th minute.
The Galaxy’s Landon Donovan sent a cross to Omar Gonzalez who sent a header to the bottom left corner that was saved by Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch at the 72nd minute.
Salinas missed a golden scoring opportunity when his shot was wide left at the 74th minute.
Bernardez received a second yellow card at the 77th minute, marking his exit from the match. Things got even more chippy as Sarvas was shown the yellow card at the 79th minute.
Keane’s long shot at the 90th minute missed the top left corner, but Salinas responded, converting from close range to tie the match at 2-2.
The action with time winding down didn’t let up on both sides, before Gordon headed in the game-winner from six yards out on an assist from Sam Cronin.
Gordon was shown a yellow card for excessive celebration, but the match ended with the Earthquakes winning a 3-2 thriller over the Galaxy.