Match Report: LA Galaxy top San Jose Earthquakes 4-2 in wild California Clasico

A brace by Giovani dos Santos lifted the LA Galaxy to a 4-2 win over the San Jose Earthquakes in the 63rd all-time Cali Clasico at Avaya Stadium Saturday night

The Mexican international, who also scored from the penalty spot in the first half, put the finishing touches on the win when he latched onto a sublime ball by Romain Alessandrini and slid in to head past David Bingham in the 64th minute.

There were plenty of fireworks in a five-goal first-half that saw the visitors go into the break with a 3-2 lead.

Chris Wondolowski got the scoring started with a first-time volley from a Danny Hoesen cross in the 10th minute. Joao Pedro took a quick touch into the box from Ashley Cole to level nine minutes later.

dos Santos put the Galaxy in front, 2-1, but Hoesen opened his account for the Quakes two minutes later, latching onto a Tommy Thompson cross and tapping in with the outside of his right foot from the edge of the six-yard box.

Victor Bernardez was unlucky to see a Bradley Diallo cross deflect off his head and into his own net one minute before halftime.

Goals

  • 10’ – SJ – Chris Wondolowski Watch
  • 19’ – LA – Joao Pedro Watch
  • 35’ – LA – Giovani dos Santos (PK) Watch
  • 37’ – SJ – Danny Hoesen Watch
  • 44’ – LA – Victor Bernardez (OG) Watch
  • 64' -- LA - Giovani dos Santos Watch

Three Things

  1. ROAD WARRIORS: By winning their first game at Avaya Stadium, the LA Galaxy picked up their fourth win away from home, matching their total from the entire 2016 season. That wasn't the only impressive mark.
  2. RED HOT GIO: Giovani dos Santos is hitting his form, which is good news for fans of the LA Galaxy and El Tri as well. By netting a brace, the Mexican international stretched his goal-scoring streak to four games. He now has six goals on the season and five in the last four matches.
  3. TOP OF THE CHARTS: When Chris Wondolowski opened the scoring in the 10th minute, it was his eighth Cali Clasico goal. That puts him atop the goal-scoring lead with Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane.

Next Up

  • SJ: Friday, June 2 – at Portland Timbers (11 pm ET | UniMás, Facebook LIVE; MLS LIVE in Canada)
  • LA: Saturday, June 3 – at D.C. United (7 pm ET | MLS LIVE)

LA Galaxy Postgame Notes
LA Galaxy 4, San Jose Earthquakes 2
Saturday, May 27, 2017
2017 MLS Regular Season
Avaya Stadium – San Jose, California

Scoring Summary:

SJ – Chris Wondolowski (Assisted by Danny Hoesen) 10’

LA – João Pedro (Assisted by Ashley Cole) 19’

LA – Giovani dos Santos (penalty) 35’

SJ – Danny Hoesen (Assisted by Tommy Thompson) 37’

LA – Victor Bernardez (Own goal) 44’

LA – Giovani dos Santos (Assisted by Romain Alessandrini) 65’

Misconduct Summary:

LA – Bradley Diallo (caution) 66’

SJ – Chris Wondolowski (caution) 69’

LA – Jack McInerney (caution) 90’+4

Lineups:

LA Galaxy: Brian Rowe; Bradley Diallo, Daniel Steres (Dave Romney 43’), Jelle Van Damme ©, Ashley Cole; João Pedro, Rafael Garcia (Jaime Villarreal 87’); Romain Alessandrini, Giovani dos Santos, Emmanuel Boateng (Jack McInerney 64’); Gyasi Zardes.

Substitutions not usedJon Kempin, Nathan Smith, Raul Mendiola, Bradford Jamieson IV.

Head Coach: Curt Onalfo

TOTAL SHOTS: 6; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 10; OFFSIDE: 0; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 2                                    

San Jose Earthquakes: David Bingham; Cordell Cato, Florian Jungwirth, Victor Bernardez (Simon Dawkins 79’), Kofi Sarkodie (Nick Lima HT); Jahmir Hyka, Tommy Thompson, Darwin Ceren; Danny Hoesen, Marco Urena, Chris Wondolowski.

Substitutions not used: Andrew Tarbell, Andres Imperiale, Jackson Yueill. 

Head Coach: Dominic Kinnear 

TOTAL SHOTS: 19; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 6; OFFSIDE: 4; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 1

Referee: Ricardo Salazar

Assistant Referees: Ian Anderson, Nick Uranga

Fourth Official: Baboucarr Jallow

Attendance: 18,000