Stanford Magic Again: Shea Salinas Stoppage Time Goal Lifts Quakes In Cali Clasico

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STANFORD, CA (July 1, 2017) – It was another California Clasico at Stanford Stadium to remember. The San Jose Earthquakes came from behind to defeat the LA Galaxy 2-1. Shea Salinas scored the goal in the third minute of stoppage time.

Quakes Manager Chris Leitch made his MLS debut as head coach. He had his team in a 3-5-2. David Bingham was in goal. Víctor Bernárdez and Florian Jungwirth started at center back. Aníbal Godoy and Jahmir Hyka started in central midfield. Tommy Thompson got the start at left midfield. Chris Wondolowski and Danny Hoesen started up top.

Things didn’t get any easier for Galaxy Manager Curt Onalfo. Between injuries, suspensions, and national team duty, the Galaxy were without 12 players in their 30 man roster and almost half their preferred Starting XI. Clement Diop started in goal. Jelle Van Damme led the defense as captain. Hugo Arellano and Rafael Garcia started as outside backs. Jaime Villarreal and Joao Pedro started in midfield in a 4-2-3-1. Jose Villarreal started in the No. 10 role with Jack McBean up top.

Stanford Magic Again: Shea Salinas Stoppage Time Goal Lifts Quakes In Cali Clasico

The Galaxy got on the front foot just 11 minutes in. Jose Villarreal took a set piece and sent an outswinger towards the far post. Van Damme got open and volleyed it past Binghm and into the net. The Galaxy were up 1-0 and it was Van Damme’s first goal in MLS.

San Jose pushed for an equalizer in the first half. Wondolowski, Tommy Thompson, and Cordell Cato all got chances. None of them could finish and the half ended 0-1.

Thompson nearly scored the equalizer minutes into the second half in transition. He took a shot from 15 yards out but it went off the post and out of play.

The Quakes had the better of the chances in the second haf and it all came to fruition in the 75th minute. Bingham took the Route 1 approach and sent a long ball to Wondolowski into the attacking half. Wondo took a touch to control the ball then fired a shot. It took a deflection and beat Clement Diop to tie the game.

Los Angeles looked to hold onto a 1-1 result, but the Witching Hour of Goonie Stoppage Time struck again. The Galaxy were unable to clear a ball from the box in the third minute of stoppage time. It fell to Danny Hoesen, who passed it off to Salinas. Salinas took a touch to set up his shot then fired the ball under the cross bar and in.

There were just seconds left in the match and it ended dramatically at 2-1. Van Damme was given a second yellow card for dissent after full time. He will be suspended for the next match.

Scoring Summary:

11′ Los Angeles – Jelle Van Damme, assisted by Jose Villarreal
75′ San Jose – Chris Wondolowkis, assisted by David Bingham
90’+3′ San Jose – Shea Salinas, assisted by Danny Hoesen

Final Thoughts:

I know it’s dramatic and part of what makes the Cali Clasico special, but at what point does this become predictable and boring? Still, the Quakes were the better team on the night and deserved to win. The 3-5-2 has suited them so far. It had to feel good to beat the Galaxy the way they did. The Chris Leitch Era is off to a good start.

This loss has to hurt for the Galaxy. They’ve now lost two MLS games in a row. Still, they’ve had a rough schedule of late and they are banged up. If they were remotely healthy, they probably hang on to a 1-1 draw in this game.