Well, the rivals are at it again. Only this time, the Galaxy got the best of the San Jose Earthquakes, in a game that looked very similar to the playoffs last year when the Galaxy eliminated the first seeded Quakes. Tonight, Chris Wondolowksi and the Quakes had no such luck as they fell 3-0 to the LA Galaxy in a scoreless performance.
The last time these two teams played, the Quakes came back from a 2-0 deficit in the second half and won the game in one of the most exciting comebacks fans have ever seen. This time, however, the Galaxy were able to prevent any sort of comeback bid by taking away the Quakes’ momentum. All in all, it just wasn’t the night that the Quakes were expecting it to be.
Tonight, the Galaxy was completely on their game as they made more passes, had better accuracy, and took three more shots that the Quakes. The two opportunities that the Quakes got were a corner from Wondolowksi, which was easily snagged by LA’s goaltender, Jaime Penedo, and an almost own-goal by Omar Gonzalez in the 77th minute. Unfortunately for the Quakes, Penedo was having none of it and they couldn’t get a break.
Jon Busch, on the other hand, had his hands full with the Galaxy constantly attacking the Earthquakes’ goal. Unfortunately for Busch, it turned out to be a very long night. The Galaxy’s first goal of the night came from Landon Donovan, who was able to push the ball past Jon Busch into an empty net in the 26th minute. Keane got the second in the 43rd minute thanks to a foul and penalty kick, after Steven Beitashour tripped Gyasi Zardes, and then made it 3-0 in the 67th, sliding a cross past Busch on the high bounce.
The Earthquakes had no answer, and no stoppage time magic. It was just that kind of a night.