Takeoffs and Landings: Notes from the LA Galaxy's defeat to San Jose Earthquakes

The LA Galaxy returned to Southern California after their shocking defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

My Three Points to the game can be found here

Below are a few notes from the match...

*This was the first time this season that the Galaxy lost when scoring twice and the fourth time that they conceded three or more goals in a match, going 0-3-0 in those games

*The loss is the second time that the Galaxy have lost the their first game of the year against San Jose by the score of 3-2 after leading 2-0. In the match a year ago, San Jose’s game-winner also came off a stoppage time goal by Alan Gordon.

*The Galaxy snapped a 44 game streak of making at least one change in the lineup. The last time Arena did not change the lineup was July 14 and 18 in 2012 – Which interestingly enough are the first two games for the LA Galaxy Insider project.

*Northern California hasn’t been kind to LA during the regular season as the Galaxy are winless in their last eight games with a 0-5-3 record. The Galaxy have also dropped their last four regular season games to San Jose (0-3-1).

*LA saw their two-game winning streak snapped.

*The Galaxy lost their first game of the year when going ahead first. LA is 7-1-2 when scoring first while they are 0-6-0 when conceding the first goal. The last time LA dropped a match when leading by one goal was Oct. 6, 2012 against Real Salt Lake and the first time since May 23, 2012 against San Jose that LA lost when leading 2-0.

*San Jose is the first team in MLS history to win a match with two goals in stoppage time while a man down. The Earthquakes also became the fifth MLS team to win with two goals in stoppage time. 

*Three players have scored multiple goals against the LA Galaxy this season: Russell Teibert, Olmes Garcia and Alan Gordon. The link between all three? Neither of them started the match.

*Marcelo Sarvas and Hector Jimenez each have two goals this season. 

*The Galaxy are dropping points late as five of their seven defeats have come when LA allows goals in the 75th minute.