SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes cruised to a 3-0 Reserve League win against the LA Galaxy on Monday at the Nutrilite Training Facility. Turkish trialist Sercan Güvenisik led the way with a first-half brace while rookie goalkeeper David Bingham picked up a shutout in his first appearance in 2011.
Güvenisik opened the scoring in the 15th minute, diving to head home service from Tim Ward. Ward, playing in his first match of the season after recovering from a preseason hamstring injury, hit a free kick from 35 yards out on the far sideline after Galaxy defender Ryan Thomas was whistled for a handball.
David Frank set the table for Güvenisik’s goal in the 22nd minute. Frank lofted a cross over the Galaxy back line with Güvenisik in full stride on a smartly timed run. The trialist took a touch to his right and then calmly placed a shot past Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Perk.
The visitors created several quality chances in the second half, the best of which came in the 52nd minute when Bryan Jordan beat his man on the right and whipped a cross in front of the frame. Midfielder Hector Jimenez dove and got a head to the ball at the far post, but directed his shot wide of the target.
Galaxy forward Paolo Cardozo had two opportunities of his own. The shifty Uruguayan was first to an Adam Cristman through ball, but sent his shot wide right in the 59th minute and beat Bingham with a shot from the middle of the area in the 68th minute only to see his strike knocked off the line by Brandon McDonald.
Ellis McLoughlin closed the match with a 30-yard right-footed blast that beat Perk to the upper corner in the 91st minute.
San Jose’s reserves will next hit the road to face the Portland Timbers on Tuesday, June 21. The LA Galaxy will travel to Seattle for a match with Sounders FC on Monday, June 13.
San Jose Earthquakes (3-1-0) vs. LA
June 6, 2011 – Nutrilite Training Facility
Scoring Summary: SJ – Güvenisik (Tim Ward) 15; SJ - Güvenisik (David Frank) 22; SJ – Ellis McLoughlin (unassisted) 91+.
Misconduct Summary: SJ - David Frank (caution) 72.
San Jose Earthquakes – David Bingham, Tim Ward, Chris Leitch, Brandon McDonald, Justin Morrow, Joey Gjertsen (Guillermo Alvarez 62), David Frank (Gino Bosz 70), Scott Sealy (Simon Dawkins 65), Ellis McLoughlin, Matt Luzunaris (Yuri Morales 85), Sercan Güvenisik (Christian Cruz 88)
Statistics: Shots: 8; Shots on Goal: 4; Saves: 3; Fouls: 9; Offsides: 3; Corners: 4.
LA Galaxy – Brian Perk, Frankie Hejduk, Kyle Davies, (Dan Keat 17), Gregg Berhalter, Ryan Thomas, Bryan Jordan, Michael Stephens, Jovan Kirovski, Hector Jimenez (Dustin McCarty 66), Adam Cristman, Paolo Cardozo.
Statistics: Shots: 13; Shots on Goal: 4; Saves: 1; Fouls: 5; Offsides: 2; Corners: 6.