That's it! The Galaxy win 3-1!
90' GOALLLLLLLL!!!!! Robbie Keane converts from the spot and that should be that!
90' Penalty LA!
89' GOOOOAALLLLLLLLL!!!!! SAN JOSE PULL ONE BACK!!! Chris Wondolowski has his third goal in three games!!!!
82' Alan Gordon comes on for Sebastian Lletget.
77' SJ's last sub sees Innocent replace Quincy Amarikwa.
72' Zardes whips his shot well wide of the target.
71' Fatai Alashe comes off the pitch for Matias Perez Garcia.
66' Mike Magee gets a nice ovation as he comes off for Emmanuel Boateng. For San Jose, Alberto Quintero makes way for Shea Salinas.
62' Jelle Van Damme started this move by pumping a ball over the top of the San Jose Earthquakes defense. It fell to Mike Magee and he laid it off to Gyasi Zardes who slotted it into the bottom left corner.
GOOOOAAALLLL LOS ANGELES GALAXY!
57' Magee stated the free kick by laying it off to Robbie Keane. Keane played it back to Mike Magee who then crossed it to the far post. Jelle Van Damme was waiting in the area and headed it back across the face of goal where Gyasi Zardes poked it in with his right foot.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL LOS ANGELES GALAXY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
56' The Los Angeles Galaxy get a free kick in a dangerous spot after Marvell Wynne brings down Gyasi Zardes and gets shown a yellow/
52' Fatai Alashe is shown a yellow for dissent.
51' Magee again got on the end of a cross, but his effort was weak and Bingham was able to watch it into his arms.
49' Mike Magee shot cleared off the line by Anibal Godoy!
46' The action is back underway!
And that is how the opening half ends. It's uphill for San Jose now. What an absolute change of events.
RED CARD TO SAN JOSE!!! Simon Dawkins has been sent off!
Two minutes of added time to end the opening half.
44' Gyasi Zardes plays a nice backheeled ball to Sebastian Lletget inside the area. The former West Ham man hit a curling effort that Bingham caught.
41' San Jose gets their first yellow of the night as Anibal Godoy hauls down Robbie Keane.
37' Baggio Husidic latched onto a ball in the box but could not get his barrings straight before firing above the cross bar.
29' De Jong finally tested the keeper off a free kick but David Bingham caught his effort with ease.
25' After some nice build up play from the right side, the ball found Nigel De Jong who blasted over again. Good little move though.
22' Moments later, Nigel De Jong picks up the third yellow.
21' Second caution of the match has been issued to Baggio Husidic. LA: 2, SJ: 0
18' LA's first look at goal came off the right foot of Nigel De Jong. His shot though, was always rising and was nowhere near the target.
15' Quincy Amarikwa got his head on a cross and his header missed the target.
11' Mike Magee picks up the first yellow card of the night.
10' Brian Rowe and Chris Wondolowski went for a ball in the air and the two collided. Both fell to the ground, but are okay.
9' This time, a cross from Zardes nearly falls for Mike Magee but it's over hit just a tad.
6' Nice little overlap from Ashley Cole, but the final pass from Gyasi Zardes is not there.
3' As a result Baggio Husidic is coming in. Big blow for LA.
3' Steven Gerrard is down already with a knock. Doesn't look good/
1' Ball is rolling at the StubHub!
We are very close to kick off! Minutes away in fact!
San Jose Earthquakes Starting XI: Bingham; Wynne, Benardez, Imeriale, Colvey; Quintero, Alashe, Godoy, Dawkins; Wondolowski, Amarikwa
Los Angeles Galaxy Starting XI: Rowe; Rogers, Steres, Van Damme, Cole; Magee, De Jong, Gerrard, Zardes; Lletget, Keane
Come back later when the starting lineups are announced an hour before kickoff!
This match should be intriguing either way you look at it. These are two sides who play different styles of soccer and will continue to stick to what they know. The atmosphere at the StubHub Center is going to phenomenal as the battle of Northern California versus Southern California commences once more.
The other thing to watch today is whether or not Mike Magee will be featured in the starting lineup. He provided that enormous boost off the bench in the first match. But when he got the start in Colorado, Magee was invisible throughout. Does this mean that he is better suited for coming off the bench and providing energy? Or was his performance against the Rapids a mere fluke? If he enters the match late in the game look for him to really go at the tired San Jose backline.
One of the key battles tonight on the field will be between the San Jose forwards and the Los Angeles back line. Chris Wondolowski and Quincy Amarikwa look to be on the same page in first few weeks of the season. They are a perfect complement to each other and provide energy for the rest of the squad. The duo will be coming up against a defense that does not have many games together and are still looking to find the right formula. Jelle Van Damme and Daniel Steres look to be a decent pairing so far while Ashley Cole, when on the pitch, seems to be focused. But have the new-look Galaxy defense gelled enough yet? Will they be focused enough to stay compact throughout the 90? These are all questions that will be answered as the game unfolds.
The series between these two long-time rivals has been fairly even. In the last six games played, the Earthquakes and the Galaxy both have a record of 2-2-2. And during this same period of time, the goal differential is only slightly in favor for Los Angeles – with a plus one advantage. This just goes to show how even the play is between the two despite whatever form they are in. Even with all the star power that LA boast, this match should be tightly contested.
Against the Colorado Rapids though, they looked like a completely different side. Was the altitude an issue this early into the season? Perhaps, but that is still not a good excuse. They looked flat and out of ideas in the offensive half of the pitch. And in the dying moments of the game, Marco Pappa capitalized on a miffed clearance that fell to him nicely. This loss should hurt them and Los Angeles will look to come out with energy throughout the 90 minutes against their rivals.
Tonight’s hosts, however, have started the season auspiciously – winning one, losing one. In their opener against D.C. United, the Galaxy looked a little sluggish coming out of the gates. They gave up an early goal and found themselves chasing the game the rest of the half. But then Mike Magee entered the game at the start of the second half and flipped the script. In 45 minutes of play, Magee was a key factor in all four goals. He scored two, assisted on one, and drew a penalty en route to the Galaxy’s 4-1 comeback win.
San Jose’s last victory occurred against the Portland Timbers, who are the defending MLS champions. The opening half belonged to the Earthquakes who attacked Portland’s backline early and often. Chris Wondolowski looks like he has been reborn and scored with a fabulous touch to break the deadlock on the half hour mark. This gives the US Men’s National Team striker with two goals in two matches. Then, Quincy Amarikwa, who has been a revelation this season, scored one of the goals of the year. From the halfway line, Amarikwa picked his head up and found the top left corner.
The San Jose Earthquakes have gotten off to a blistering start this season. They have won their first two matches and look full of confidence. In their opening match of the season, the Northern California club took on the Colorado Rapids and won by a score of 1-0. Shortly after the halftime restart, Alberto Quintero sent a cross into the box and found the head of Chris Wondolowski who redirected the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal.
Hello and welcome to VAVEL USA’s LIVE coverage of Major League Soccer. Tonight is this season’s first edition of the California Clasico as the Los Angeles Galaxy host the San Jose Earthquakes. This is the late game of the day and kicks off at 10:30 EST in Carson, California. My name is Kyle Sennikoff and stay tuned for pre-game, in-game, and post-game coverage!