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623 a few (no one’s really sure of the official number, but there will be a lot) 2016 Major League Soccer “rivalry weeks” is in the books, and wouldn’t you know it, MLS saved its best worst game of the whole weekend for last. The LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes, meeting in the latest installment of the Cali Clasico, played to a 1-1 draw at the StubHub Center on Sunday. None of the game’s big stars did anything more than bang shots off the crossbar (video below), but we were treated to one of the saddest own goals you’ll see all season, plus a perfect how-not-to-defend-crosses tutorial … all inside the game’s final 10 minutes. The other 80 minutes we will speak of as sparingly as possible. With the draw, the Galaxy (20 points) and Earthquakes (19) hold steady in fifth and sixth, respectively, in the Western Conference. One point separates the Quakes in sixth and Real Salt Lake in third. This is MLS. Three Four moments that mattered
38′ — Wondo smashes the crossbar — He did everything so perfectly, right up until the finish. Even that was close, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
72′ — Dos Santos nearly breaks the crossbar — David Bingham was beaten, stranded without a chance in the world of saving this rocket off the left foot of Giovani dos Santos. He’ll be thanking the crossbar gods tonight.
83′ — Wynne taps the ball into his own goal — Sebastian Lletget must be credited for the no-man’s-land ball he forced Marvell Wynne to deal with at the far post, but that won’t make Wynne feel any better tonight.
87′ — Alashe answers with a header for 1-1 — Protecting a one-goal with fewer than five minutes of regular time remaining, you might want to mark the only opposition player in the vicinity of a near-post cross. Oops.
Man of the match: Anibal Godoy
Goalscorers: Wynne (84′ – OG), Alashe (87′)