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LA Galaxy fall 3-1 to San Jose Earthquakes

Galaxy scores in second minute, but they can’t keep up with Sam Jose surge

San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski (left) and LA Galaxy midfielder Jonathan dos Santos battle for the ball in the first half at Dignity Health Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

During their second loss to the San Jose Earthquakes in as many weeks, the LA Galaxy struggled to find their form. San Jose was dominant for much of the match despite trailing 1-0 at halftime.

The Galaxy scored their goal in the second minute of play when defender Rolf Feltscher buried a corner kick from Jonathan Dos Santos, who had just returned to Los Angeles after helping Mexico win the Gold Cup. From that point on, however, the match leaned in favor of the San Jose Earthquakes. 

San Jose registered 32 shots on the evening, with 16 of those on frame. In comparison, the Galaxy earned just five shots during the match, with only one on goal.

The rest of the match statistics were much more even between the two sides, but the shots registered was a much clearer indicator of the play on the field. Also of note, the Galaxy were without starting defender Diego Polenta, who missed the match due a yellow card accumulation suspension. 

The Earthquakes made their move in the second half, scoring three goals within a 20 minute span. The first came from Valeri Qazaishvili, who goes by Vako, in the 61st minute of play, followed by Danny Hoesen’s goal in the 68th minute. Jackson Yueill sealed the deal for San Jose in the 85th minute with the team’s third goal. 

The Galaxy’s next test is next Friday, July 19,  when they take on cross-town rival LAFC, which sits atop the Western Conference table.




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