The latest edition of the California Clásico was just as tense and breathless as fans have come to expect. But there would be no winner at StubHub Center on Sunday evening, as just two goals were produced from wave after wave of attacks in both directions.
After 83 minutes of end-to-end play in front of a packed house in Carson, a late Marvell Wynne own goal looked to have garnered all three points for the LA Galaxy.
The San Jose Earthquakes managed to conjure up a flashback of that old "Goonie Time" magic just four minutes later, however, as Fatai Alashe stole in to head home a stunning equalizer after some hard work by former Galaxy man Chad Barrett.
The late drama left the home side visibly frustrated. But thanks to their 3-1 win on March 19, LA remain in the driver's seat in the season series ahead of their third and final meeting of 2016, set for San Jose's second home, Stanford Stadium, on June 25.
LA – Marvell Wynne 83’ (Own goal)
SJ – Fatai Alashe 87’ (Assisted by Chad Barrett)
LA – none
SJ – Alberto Quintero 23’
LA Galaxy: Brian Rowe; Robbie Rogers, Daniel Steres, Jelle Van Damme, Ashley Cole; Steven Gerrard, Nigel de Jong (Jeff Larentowicz 88’), Giovani dos Santos (Alan Gordon 90’), Mike Magee (Sebastian Lletget 65’); Robbie Keane, Gyasi Zardes
Substitutions not used: Dan Kennedy, AJ DeLaGarza, Baggio Husidic, Emmanuel Boateng.
SHOTS: 8; SHOTS ON GOAL: 2; CORNERS: 6; OFFSIDES: 2; SAVES: 2
San Jose Earthquakes: David Bingham; Kofi Sarkodie, Marvell Wynne, Victor Bernardez, Shaun Francis (Chad Barrett 84’); Alberto Quintero (Cordell Cato 77’), Fatai Alashe, Anibal Cesis Godoy, Matias Perez Garcia (Shea Salinas 59’); Simon Dawkins, Chris Wondolowski
Substitutions not used: Adam Jahn, Jordan Stewart, Bryan Meredith, Tommy Thompson
SHOTS: 12; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; CORNERS: 5; OFFSIDES: 2; SAVES: 2
Referee: Kevin Stott
Referee’s Assistants: Ian Anderson, Apolinar Mariscal
4th Official: Alex Chilowicz