Carson, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Jose Earthquakes will be desperate
for three points on Sunday when the club heads to StubHub Center to face their
interstate rivals Los Angeles Galaxy in the latest edition of the California
Entering the penultimate week of the season, San Jose finds itself one point
behind the Colorado Rapids for the fifth and final playoff berth in the crowded
A victory would take the club up to 50 points and into playoff position pending
the Rapids outcome on Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Last time out, the 'Quakes came away with a much-needed 1-0 victory over the
Rapids at Buck Shaw Stadium on Wednesday. The match had playoff intensity for
the duration of the 90 minutes with both sides creating a bevy of scoring
But it was the home-standing Earthquakes, who improved to 4-0-1 in their last
five matches, that found the breakthrough in the 69th minute when midfielder
Shea Salinas facilitated the scoring play with a beautiful cross into the box
that Chris Wondolowski was able to head home.
"I thought we had four or five really good chances to score before breaking
through," Quakes interim coach Mark Watson said. "All credit to our guys for
their perseverance, to keep plugging away and keep going at them and getting
opportunities. Sometimes when you get opportunity after opportunity that
doesn't go in, guys tend to drop their heads. Our guys didn't do that."
Los Angeles, meanwhile, will be looking to clinch a playoff berth with a win
over San Jose following a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact at home on
After a scoreless opening 45 minutes, the Galaxy grabbed the only goal of the
match on a broken play following a corner kick. Juninho launched a corner kick
into the box that was initially headed by Leonardo, but after a series of
bounces and deflections, rookie Kofi Opare fired it home for his first career
goal in MLS.
"All I told our team was a great win, maybe not a great game, but a great win,"
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said.
"Not surprising that the goal came off a bit of a scramble, which was likely
expected given the circumstances of the game and all. Give Kofi [Opare] a lot
of credit, Robbie [Keane] kept the ball alive," Arena added. "We had a couple
of other chances during the game. I think their 'keeper did well. I think in
the first half we were very poor technically, too slow on ball. When we got
into the second half, we got a little bit better. But we know we could be
better than we were tonight."
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