CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy hosted San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday night. It was a battle of streaking teams in this California Clasico, as San Jose had won three of their last four and LA had lost five in a row. Would the Quakes get a result or would LA Galaxy lose a sixth straight game?
San Jose Earthquakes Win 2-0, LA Galaxy Lose Sixth Straight
This game was all Goonies. The first half wasn’t super exciting but San Jose had more of the ball and chances, none of them being truly deadline.
That was until Nick Lima opened the scoring a minute before halftime. Moving forward quickly Carlos Fierro crossed the ball to Andy Rios in the box. Rios took a touch to control the ball then set up a wide open Lima to score.
Seven minutes into the second half, Rios would score himself. The Quakes were knocking the ball around in the attacking third. Fierro timed a cross into the box perfectly with the run from Rios. He got a step on Nicholas DePuy. MLS debutant Jonathan Klinsmann couldn’t get to the ball first and Rios hit the ball out of the air to score.
Tommy Thompson capped the night off in the 76th minute. With the center backs leaving a huge channel, Thompson ran onside straight onto goal. Klinsmann made the initial save but Tommy ran onto the rebound and scored from a difficult angle.
Lima scored in stoppage time to make the final score 4-0.
The match ended 3-0.
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) October 15, 2020
Rios and Fierro making it happen: The two attackers had a goal contribution each. Rios had a goal and a primary assist while Fierro had two assists, one being secondary. The two have played well of late.
San Jose riding high wave: Matias Almeda’s team is nothing if not hard working, chaotic, and streaky. They’ve now taken 12 of their last 15 points. Can they keep it up? History says probably not? Could they have another slump them get a few more results to barely make the playoffs? It’s possible.
Debuts and disappointment: Klinsmann and Yony González made their Galaxy debuts. Klinsmann made some good saves but wasn’t an upgrade over David Bingham. González had some moments but looked like a guy playing his first game in awhile on a new team. Cristian Pavon was on an island and surrounded offensively. Chicharito Hernandez continues to not play up to the level of his paycheck.
This is a bad team and it’s hard to see if and how they’re anything competitive this year. Galaxy play-by-play personality Joe Totino summed it up perfectly in saying “this is not living up to the badge, I’m sorry.”