Landon Donovan will play his first game since announcing he will retire at the end of the season, and tonight’s festivities at the StubHub Center would figure to be centered heavily around the 32-year-old US legend.
The California Clasico will take place at 10:30pm ET in Los Angeles live on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra, and once again the pair come into the match on unbeaten streaks.
Last time these two teams faced off, a 3-1 Galaxy win ended San Jose’s 8-game unbeaten streak, and tonight they both come into this match with modest 3-game strings.
WATCH LIVE: LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes
This time around, it’s LA with the 8-match unbeaten streak, albeit just a home one. Landon Donovan and company haven’t lost at home since their season-opener against Real Salt Lake in early March.
Gyasi Zardes is on fire, with five goals in five matches, even earning some chatter about a possible place with the US national team.
The Galaxy desperately need three points in this match to put some space between themselves and FC Dallas for the final playoff spot in the West, currently tied on 33 points. With Dallas scheduled to face Colorado tomorrow, the Galaxy will want to at least keep pace, and maybe even stake their claim for the third spot outright.
Bottom line: Landon Donovan isn’t going to want to finish out his career without one more playoff appearance.
San Jose are in a much more dire situation, off the bottom of the table simply on goal differential. They have 10 points to go to catch Dallas and Los Angeles for the final spot, and they have to get moving soon, so tonight against one of the teams they are chasing would be ideal.
Los Angeles – Penedo; Gargan, Gonzalez, DLG, Rogers; Ishizaki, Sarvas, Juninho, Donovan; Keane, Zardes.
Bench – Rowe, Dunivant, Husidic, Meyer, Leonardo, Hoffman, Jamieson.
San Jose – Busch, Francis, Bernardez, Hernandez, Stewart, Harris, Cronin, Pierazzi, Salinas, Perez Garcia, Wondolowski.
Bench – Meredith, Harden, Barklage, Koval, Cato, Thompson, Gordon.