The LA Galaxy drew first blood in the 2016 Cali Clasico, beating the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 at StubHub Center Saturday night. The Earthquakes spent the entire second half down a man, as Simon Dawkins received a straight red card in first-half stoppage time for a tackle on Sebastian Lletget.
Gyasi Zardes opened the scoring in the 56th minute off a set play. Mike Magee and Robbie Keane combined to take a short free kick from the side of the box, before Magee sent an aerial cross to the back post that was headed back across goal by Jelle Van Damme. Zardes poked home that ball to make it 1-0. Zardes scored his second six minutes later as he capitalized on Quakes defender Kip Colvey's poor clearance to beat David Bingham again.
San Jose tried to claw their way back into the match, and Chris Wondolowski scored a consolation goal in the final minutes, off a counterattack set up by Marvell Wynne. But Victor Bernardez tripped Keane in the box moments later and Keane restored LA's two-goal lead from the penalty spot.
LA Galaxy 3, San Jose Earthquakes 1
Saturday, March 19, 2016
2016 MLS Regular Season
StubHub Center – Carson, Calif.
LA – Gyasi Zardes (Assisted by Mike Magee, Jelle Van Damme) 57’
LA – Gyasi Zardes 62’
SJ – Chris Wondolowski (Assisted by Marvell Wynne) 89’
LA – Robbie Keane (penalty) 90’+1
LA – Mike Magee (caution) 12’
LA – Jelle Van Damme (caution) 21’
LA – Nigel de Jong (caution) 22’
SJ – Andres Imperiale (caution) 41’
SJ – Simon Dawkins (ejection) 45’
SJ – Fatai Alashe (caution)
SJ – Marvell Wynne (caution) 56’
LA – Alan Gordon (caution) 90’+3
LA Galaxy: Brian Rowe; A.J. DeLaGarza, Daniel Steres, Jelle Van Damme, Robbie Rogers; Mike Magee (Emmanuel Boateng 66’), Nigel de Jong, Steven Gerrard (Baggio Husidic 5’), Gyasi Zardes; Sebastian Lletget (Alan Gordon 83’), Robbie Keane ©.
Substitutions not used: Clement Diop, A.J. DeLaGarza, Dave Romney, Rafael Garcia
SHOTS: 17; SHOTS ON GOAL: 7; CORNERS: 6; OFFSIDES: 1; SAVES: 2
San Jose Earthquakes: David Bingham; Victor Bernardez, Marvell Wynne, Andres Imperiale, Kip Colvey, Simon Dawkins, Anibal Godoy, Fatai Alashe (Matias Perez Garcia 71’), Alberto Quintero (Shea Salinas 67’), Quincy Amarikwa (Innocent 77’), Chris Wondolowski.
Substitutions not used: Matheus Silva, Bryan Meredith, Adam Jahn, Tommy Thompson.
SHOTS: 6; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; CORNERS: 2; OFFSIDES: 0; SAVES: 3
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Referee’s Assistants: Kathryn Nesbitt and Corey Rockwell
4th Official: Daniel Radford