Quakes win Cali Clasico 3-0, end Galaxy’s season in August

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The game in 100 words (or less): Mercifully, the LA Galaxy’s 2017 season is over. Though it might not yet be official (they’ve still got nine more games to play, sadly), Sunday’s 3-0 Cali Clasico defeat at the hands of the San Jose Earthquakes leaves Sigi Schmid’s side 13 points adrift of the Western Conference’s sixth and final playoff place, with four teams currently standing between them and postseason participation. One of those teams is expansion side Minnesota United, dubbed by many “the worst team in MLS history” back in March. Yes, it’s really that bad, just like the roster is really that bad. Not even the summer signing of Jonathan dos Santos could provide any semblance of midfield balance — LA have conceded 10 goals in the four games he’s played, and 25 goals during their ongoing 10-game winless skid (nine losses). LA’s streak of eight straight seasons qualifying for the playoffs will end. Anyway, Valeri Qazaishvili (Vako), Marco Ureña and Chris Wondolowski got the goals for San Jose, who overtake FC Dallas for sixth in the West.

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Three moments that mattered

45+3′ — Vako smashes home from a corner kick — Among other things literally everything else, LA have struggled to defend set pieces this year — always a clear signal of a poorly disciplined side. That has yet to be addressed.

57′ — Smith sees red for a clumsy challenge — When it rains, it pours. It’s probably not a red, but this is the Galaxy’s 2017 season.

80′ — Quakes go route one, Ureña makes it 2-0 — It really, truly doesn’t get any more simple than this.

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Man of the match: Jackson Yueill

Goalscorers: Vako (45+3′), Ureña (80′), Wondolowski (90+2′)