The San Jose Earthquakes didn’t need any late drama this time. But they poured it on in the final 10 minutes anyway.
In the latest installment of the California Clasico — a series that tends to bring out crazy last-minute game-winners — the Earthquakes led almost the entire way in a convincing 3-0 victory over the LA Galaxy at a sold-out Stanford Stadium on Saturday night.
Vako, fresh off a brace in San Jose’s win over Houston three days earlier, continued his hot form with an 11th-minute goal following a couple of sharp passes off of a cleverly designed free kick.
Shea Salinas, who delivered a stoppage-time winner in the Clasico two years ago, scored in the 82nd minute before Tommy Thompson put the finishing touches on the win with a goal three minutes later to ensure the Quakes would remain unbeaten in their last six.
Earlier, Zlatan Ibahimovic tried to find the equalizer but Judson broke up a pass to deny the Galaxy superstar a scoring chance in the 58th minute, shortly before Daniel Vega made a diving save on a bending Ibrahimovic shot en route to his second straight shutout.
- 11' — SJ — Vako
- 82' — SJ — Shea Salinas
- 85' — SJ — Tommy Thompson
- SJ: Wednesday, July 3 at Minnesota United FC (8 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US, on DAZN in Canada)
- LA: Thursday, July 4 vs. Toronto FC (10:30 pm ET | TSN, MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US)