Los Angeles, Calif. — The Cali Clasico is a fairly old rivalry in Major League Soccer. Long before the days of Los Angeles FC, the LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes were the two California teams and they had plenty of battles. Tonight’s battle ended in victory for the Galaxy. But, it wasn’t Chicharito, or Jonathan dos Santos, who provided the goal.
Instead, it was actually from the San Jose Earthquakes — Tanner Beason to be exact.
In the 70th minute, French midfielder Samuel Grandsir dribbled toward the edge of the box, taking on a San Jose defender. Grandsir sent the ball in the box, aiming for Chicharito, but caught the foot of Beason. The Earthquakes defender had a unlucky bounce off his boot, sending the ball past teammate and goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski.
— Last Word on Soccer (@LastWordSC) May 30, 2021
The Galaxy and Earthquakes took turns taking shots at each other’s nets. In fact, the Galaxy compiled eight shots on target, while the Earthquakes fought hard to earn an equalizer with 12 shots on target, keeping Galaxy goalkeeper Jonathan Bond busy in net.
Los Angeles had three players earn yellow cards, including dos Santos, Julian Araujo and veteran midfielder Sacha Kljestan. San Jose only received one yellow card from referee Joseph Dickerson, given to Judson.
Bond might not have earned a goal, but he was certainly the player of the match for the Galaxy, making 12 saves against a solid San Jose attack. His best saves came in the 82nd minute, as the Earthquakes attacked him and pushed hard for an equalizing goal. Bond made sliding saves with his feet as much as he made saved with his hands.
The name's Bond. Jonathan Bond. pic.twitter.com/Wx7JO3CVCq
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) May 30, 2021
The Galaxy rebounded quite nice after being thrashed by the Portland Timbers last weekend. Los Angeles will look to take their momentum in a high-profile match against the Seattle Sounders on June 19, after the international break. Seattle and the Galaxy met already this year, with the Sounders earning a 3-0 victory over Chicharito and company.
Meanwhile, after the international break, the Earthquakes will look to snap a four-game losing streak against Austin FC on June 19.