Look ahead to San Jose: The LA Galaxy looking to get first home win against the San Jose Earthquakes since 2011

31 August 2:21 pm

Look ahead to San Jose: The LA Galaxy looking to get first home win against the San Jose Earthquakes since 2011

By Adam Serrano

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will take on the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday in the latest edition of the California Clasico. On Saturday, LA will be looking for their first victory against the San Jose Earthquakes at home since Aug. 2011. 

More on the match below...

LINKS:

*The San Jose Earthquakes will be without three of their key players as Rafael Baca,  Victor Bernandez, and Justin Morrow are suspended.

*For more on the Earthquakes, I spoke to San Jose reporter Robert Jonas

*There's no love lost between these two teams as Sean Franklin admits that niether of these two teams care for one another

*LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan offers this preview to the match

*Lastly, my Three Points to the game.

MATCH UPS TO WATCH:

Landon Donovan vs. Jason Hernandez

Without Victor Bernardez due to suspension, Hernandez will be stepping in for San Jose. Although the 30-year-old is an experienced defender, he does not have the physicality of the Honduran center back and is expected to be a major target for Donovan and Robbie Keane. 

Gyasi Zardes vs. Steve Beitashour

With each passing match, Gyasi Zardes continues to become a focal point of the Galaxy attack and expect him to be a major part of the game plan against San Jose. With Beitashour looking to press forward, expect Zardes to try to catch him on the counter. 

Chris Wondolowski vs. Omar Gonzalez

This battle of the titans will likely decide this match. Wondolowski's effectiveness has been limited due to the Earthquakes' more restrained attacking style, but he'll still seek to get behind Gonzalez and create chances. 

PREDICTED LINEUP:

Penedo; DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Leonardo, Dunivant; Jimenez, Sarvas, Juninho, Zardes; Donovan, Keane