The game in 100 words (or less): Don’t crown the LA Galaxy as 2015 MLS Cup champions just yet. If you tuned in for the defending champs’ combined 10-1 thrashings of the Philadelphia Union and Portland Timbers last week, you might have been tempted to do exactly that, but lest we forget, this is MLS and none of it makes any sense. Bruce Arena’s Galaxy fell to the San Jose Earthquakes, 3-1, at Stanford Stadium on Saturday night in the first of three Cali Clasico meetings this season (the two also face each other in the US Open Cup fifth round this week). It’s terribly cliche to say, but throw out everything from form to momentum in a rivalry game, because anything can — and did on Saturday — happen.
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Three moments that mattered
17′ — Juninho’s screamer opens the scoring — Juninho his this ball and it, as they say, stayed hit. The less said about this goal, the better. Just watch and enjoy.
28′ — Wondolowski one-ups Juninho with a wondrous finish — Matias Perez Garcia whipped in the perfect cross to the penalty spot, and Chris Wondolowski finished with equal bits aplomb and grace. An absolutely world-class finish from Wondo.
53′ — Goodson heads home MPG’s corner —
Someone Everyone forgot to mark Clarence Goodson. That’s bad news, because he’s a very capable header of the ball. Goodson used said noggin to head home at the near post and give the ‘Quakes a 2-1 lead.
Man of the match: Matias Perez Garcia — For a second straight week, MPG was a nightmare to defend against, and his pair of assists on the ‘Quakes’ first and second goals give him five in five games.
San Jose Earthquakes: Bingham, Wynne, Bernardez, Goodson, Stewart, Alashe, Garcia (Thompson 86′), Wondolowski, Nyassi (Cato 60′), Jahn (Sherrod 46′), Salinas
Goals: Wondolowski (28′), Goodson (53′), Cato (72′)
LA Galaxy: Penedo, Gargan, Gonzalez (DeLaGarza 46′), Leonardo, Rogers, Ishizaki (Villarreal 78′), Juninho, Husidic, Lletget (Gordon 67′), Keane, Zardes
Goals: Juninho (17′)