Recap: 10-man Galaxy fall 3-2 to Earthquakes
The Galaxy came out inspired and were rewarded with an early goal by Hector Jimenez, but a red card for the midfielder at the hour mark ultimately changed the outcome of the match.
Mike Magee doubled the Galaxy's lead on the visitors in the 73rd minute, but the 10-man Galaxy squad couldn't hold on and San Jose came back with three unanswered goals to win the match.
Late mistakes cost Galaxy "best performance of the season"
With what players called their best performance of the season, the Galaxy held a 2-0 lead with 73 minutes gone against San Jose and still found a way to lose.
For most of the first hour, the Galaxy played the role of champion. The club was aggressive and in San Jose’s face for most of the match. The ‘Quakes found little space to move the ball in and were unable to threaten Galaxy ‘keeper Brian Perk much. Hector Jimenez and Mike Magee had given the Galaxy a seemingly solid two-goal edge but Steven Lenhart, Khari Stephenson and Alan Gordon yanked the game away from the Galaxy.
“It just seems like we can’t get any luck to go our way – a bounce, a call, something,” Galaxy defender Sean Franklin said. “Things aren’t going the way we wanted them to go.”
This was LA’s first loss at home to San Jose since they returned to MLS in 2008. Prior to tonight, the Galaxy had been 3-0-1 at home against the Earthquakes.
Hector Jimenez scored the first goal of his MLS career just three minutes into the game. He was making just his second start since being drafted by the club last year.
Jimenez was sent off later in the game after a foul on Steven Beitashour. With the red card, Jimenez became the first Galaxy player to score a goal and be sent off in the same regular season game since Carlos Ruiz did almost nine years ago on May 24, 2003 in a 2-1 loss at Kansas City.
Despite playing down a man, the Galaxy doubled their lead in the 73rd minute when Mike Magee scored his first goal of the season.
LA Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena
On the result:
“There’s still no excuse for us to not at least get a point out of this game. That’s disappointing because it was really a very good effort on our part and at 2-0 things looked real good. Certainly inexperience and fatigue set in and some poor play tactically."
LA Galaxy Midfielder David Beckham
On the current run of results:
“When you’re on a run like this, sometimes you need a little bit of a break and a little bit of luck, it’s hard to say it, but I think we haven’t had that in certain games and especially today. We’ll be fine, we’ll bounce back. It’s good to have a game, a tough game, at the weekend so soon, so hopefully we’ll be good.”
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