Match Recap: LA Galaxy 0, San Jose Earthquakes 0
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Postgame Quotes: Bruce Arena offers his thoughts on the result
Coach breaks down team's performance, and making the playoffs
Despite qualification, LA frustrated with result
Galaxy rue missed chances that cost them three points
LA Galaxy 0, San Jose Earthquakes 0
Sunday, October 20, 2013
StubHub Center – Carson, Calif.
SJ – Sam Cronin (Yellow Card) 20’
SJ – Victor Bernardez (Yellow Card) 53’
LA – Juninho (Yellow Card) 70’
LA Galaxy: Jaime Penedo; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez (Leonardo 73’), Kofi Opare, Greg Cochrane; Gyasi Zardes, Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Michael Stephens (Robbie Rogers 68’); Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane©.
Subs Not Used: Brian Rowe, A.J. DeLaGarza, Pablo Mastroeni, Laurent Courtois, Jose Villarreal.
San Jose Earthquakes: Jon Busch; Steven Beitashour (Mike Fucito 86’), Victor Bernardez, Clarence Goodson, Jordan Stewart; Rafael Baca (Walter Martinez 59’), Sam Cronin, Cordell Cato (Alan Gordon 75’), Shea Salinas; Chris Wondolowski©, Steven Lenhart.
Subs Not Used: Evan Newton, Justin Morrow, Jason Hernandez, Adam Jahn.
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee’s Assistants: Fabio Tovar and Mike Rottersman
4th Official: Daniel Radford
With the draw, the Galaxy are now 15-11-7 on the season, leaving them with 52 points. They are now alone in third place in the Western Conference, two points behind first place Portland and one point behind second place Real Salt Lake. Seattle and Colorado are tied for fourth place with 51 points.
The Galaxy finish the regular season with an 11-2-4 record at home.
LA and San Jose split the season series, with each collecting four points from a 1-1-1 record against one another.
This was the Galaxy’s second 0-0 draw of the season, both of which came at home.
Bruce Arena made five changes to the team that beat Montreal 1-0 on Wednesday night with Jaime Penedo, Omar Gonzalez, Greg Cochrane, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane all returning to the lineup in place of Brian Rowe, Leonardo, Todd Dunivant, Jose Villarreal and Jack McBean. Of that group, only Dunivant missed out because of an injury, suffering a right knee sprain against the Impact.
Cochrane was making his first appearance and first start since June 8 against Real Salt Lake.
A.J. DeLaGarza and Robbie Rogers were each back on the bench for the first time since suffering elbow and hamstring injuries respectively. Rogers entered the game in the 68th minute for his first appearance in the league since July 13.
This was the tenth time in 17 regular season home games in which the teams went into the halftime break tied at 0-0.
Juninho was booked in the 70th minute. That was his sixth caution of the season, meaning that he will be suspended for the regular season finale at Seattle on October 27. He finishes the regular season with 32 games played, starting all 32 of those and tallying one goal and four assists.
Marcelo Sarvas was not booked, meaning that he is eligible to play in the regular season finale against Seattle.
The Galaxy now have 17 shutouts in all competitions and 13 in MLS.
LA have now kept three consecutive clean sheets and have not allowed a goal in MLS play in the last 308 minutes dating back to the second half of the 1-0 loss to Portland on September 29.
Jaime Penedo has four shutouts in eight MLS games and five in nine games in all competitions.
The two teams each tallied 13 shots on the night. This was the first time this season that the Galaxy did not outshoot their opponents at home.
This was the 11th time that the Galaxy have been shutout in all competitions this year and just the fourth time that they were shutout at home.
The Galaxy will be back in action on Thursday, October 24 when they close out group stage play in the CONCACAF Champions League when they take on Isidro Metapan in El Salvador.
The Galaxy will close out the MLS regular season on Sunday, October 27 when they face Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field. That game kicks off at 6 p.m. (PT) and can be seen live nationally in English on ESPN and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes.