There is no doubt about it, Sunday's match between the LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes was a heated contest both on and off the field.
However, before we turn the page to Thursday's CONCACAF Champions League tie against Isidro Metapán or Sunday's final Regular Season clash against the Seattle Sounders, check out my Three Points to the 2-2 draw.
More on Sunday's match as well as a few other interesting pieces coming up today.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The California Clasico between the LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes is always a chippy affair, but according many in the LA Galaxy locker room, it was no excuse for some of the physical play that took place in Sunday's 2-2 draw between the clubs at Buck Shaw Stadium.
One of those who was not impressed by the nature of the match was LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez. The Galaxy defender was exceptional for much of the match, but was whistled for a highly-questionable foul by referee Jair Marrufo in the 59th minute, a minute later, Earthquakes winger Marvin Chavez would score off a free kick, leveling the score at 1-1.
Gonzalez gives his thoughts below..
(On the physical nature of the game…)
GONZALEZ: “To be honest, this game wasn't fun, I think those guys are a bunch of jokes, the way that they play the game is just obnoxious and it wasn't even fun out there…It all starts when the ball is on the other side of the field and you’re just running all of a sudden, you get blindsided, you just get checked by Lenhart, it’s just dumb sh** like that, that happens every time. That’s not the way the game should be played, it’s embarrassing and I don't know what else to say.”
(On what LA can take away from tonight…)
GONZALEZ: “We fought hard. We got ahead two times, and we let them come back both times. There was a foul that shouldn't have been called, but it was, and the ball skinned my head on the free kick, and maybe I should have been a little taller and my head would have gotten on it, but other than that, we fought as hard as we could.”
(On the role of officiating…)
GONZALEZ: “I just think that everyone on the field should be aware of what the game is like from the beginning. The players sure knew what was going to happen, but every time that we looked at the referees, they said that they didn’t know anything, they turned a blind eye and said that ‘you’re doing the same thing,’ but it’s really not. I think the league should do a better job of protecting the players, there’s times when I’m going up for the ball and I got one guy that I’m handling and I get hit from the side from another guy. It’s just a lot of injuries can happen that way; I just think that the players need to protected, as well as worrying about the referee’s pride. There’s too many times when players and coaches say things, but the referee goes unscathed and nothing happens to them.”
(On potentially facing the Earthquakes in the Conference Semifinals…)
GONZALEZ: “I don’t mind playing them again. I think that we play well against them, it’s going to be another big game and I look forward to it.”
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Bruce Arena's postgame thoughts from Sunday's 2-2 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes.
Read Arena's thoughts below...
(On importance of getting a point without David Beckham and Landon Donovan...)
ARENA: “I’m not sure it’s gratifying, I think we should have had three points today. We should have won today.”
(On the result being a character builder...)
ARENA: “It was a good effort, some quality soccer. When you play San Jose, it’s a real battle, a lot of little fouling off the ball, so it’s kind of like a playoff mentality. Our guys did well; I think they responded well. Unfortunately we gave away a lead twice and that’s the discouraging part. The encouraging part was that we played well, at times very well.”
(On the team's play...)
ARENA: "We went on the goalkeeper one-on-one three times in the first half, we scored two goals in the second half, and give up the lead on two occasions. It was a game where we played pretty well throughout the 90 minutes."
(On the Foul called on Omar Gonzalez that led to the first goal…)
ARENA: "It’s all part of the game; I would imagine if the referee had to call that play over again, he probably wouldn't have called that foul the way that he called it. But that’s life, what are you going to do. In this league, if you're going to spend a lot of time complaining about the officiating, you're going to drive yourself crazy. It’s not worth it. We're still in contention to get three points and we didn't do that. We played well, we can't allow the officiating to deter us from what we're trying to do."
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A few notes from Sunday's 2-2 draw between the LA Galaxy and the San Jose Earthquakes.
*Robbie Keane's goal in the 59th minute was the LA Galaxy's first goal at Buck Shaw Stadium. LA has been held scoreless in two previous meetings.
*Edson Buddle's strike in the 69th minute was his first goal since returning from knee surgery. Buddle last tallied on May 26 against the Houston Dynamo.
*Around the 70th minute mark, the Angel City Brigade traveling support section left the stadium. No word yet on the reasoning behind the decision.
*With his goal in the 74th minute, Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski is now one away from tying Roy Lassiter's single season goals scored mark.
*The attendance was 10,744
We're only a few hours away from tonight's California Clásico, but before you settle into your routine for the game, check out Mark Rogondino's View from the Booth preview.
The Supporters' Shield is now in the possession of the San Jose Earthquakes.
With Sporting Kansas City's scoreless draw with the New York Red Bulls, the Earthquakes clinched the trophy for the league's best record with two games remaining. San Jose returns to action on Sunday against the LA Galaxy in a match that still holds major playoff seeding implications for LA. With the Shield in their possession, the Earthquakes lock down home-field advantage throughout the MLS Cup Playoffs as well as the MLS Cup Final should they reach that far -- where they'd actually host match remians to be seen -- and a spot in the 2013/2014 CONCACAF Champions League. The Earthquakes also break the Galaxy's streak of two consecutive Shield victories. To this date, no team has ever won the Shield in three consecutive seasons, the Galaxy (2010/2011), Columbus Crew (2008/2009), and D.C. United (2006/2007) have each won the Shield two years in a row.
San Jose's clinching of the Shield could have implications on Sunday's match as head coach Frank Yallop may choose to rest players like the injured Alan Gordon as the team looks ahead to the playoffs. One player that is unlikely to take the pedal off the gas is forward Chris Wondolowski, who is chasing Roy Lassiter's MLS record for goals scored in a single season. Wondolowski's 25 goals are just two off Lassiter's mark of 27, which was set during the 1996 season.
Check out the match preview for Sunday's match from LAGalaxy.com below.
CARSON, Calif. – David Beckham was not present during the portion of the LA Galaxy’s training session that was open to the media on Saturday.
The session was the club’s final one before heading to San Jose for Sunday’s match at Buck Shaw Stadium against the San Jose Earthquakes.
A Galaxy spokesman declined comment when asked if Beckham was taking part in gym work earlier in the day. Beckham trained on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday with the Galaxy’s full squad, but was working out indoors during Friday’s session. The team was off on Wednesday.
Time Warner Cable Sports President Rone speaks about Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes
For the first time since their foundation earlier in the month, Time Warner Cable SportsNet will air their first LA Galaxy game on Sunday with LA's match against the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Time Warner Cable Sports President David Rone spoke with the "Corner of the Galaxy" podcast with Josh Guesman and Jared DuBois about TWCS' new partnership with the Galaxy. Rone revealed a number of things in the interview, including that Time Warner Cable SportsNet will air 26 Galaxy games a year while Time Warner Cable Deportes will air 21 matches each season.
When the San Jose Earthquakes take on the LA Galaxy on Sunday, they may have to make do without forward Alan Gordon, who needed to be helped off the field due to a collision a collision in San Jose's training session on Friday.
The injury occurred during an 11-on-11 scrimmage when Gordon's ankle collided with Jean-Marc Alexandre forcing the scrimmage to be immediately halted. Gordon limped off the field with the assistance of the Quakes’ training staff and immediately taken to the locker room. A knock to Gordon could be a major blow to the Earthquakes as he has enjoyed the finest season of his career with San Jose, tallying 13 goals and seven assists this season.
Meanwhile, San Jose may have defender Ike Opara back from injury after the defender missed the last two matches due to concussion symptoms. The defender returned to training on Friday, wearing protective headgear that may make him eligible to play on Sunday.