Carson, Calif. – The LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes played to a physical 0-0 draw in MLS Reserve League action at StubHub Center on Sunday afternoon. Brian Rowe and David Bingham kept a clean sheet for the Galaxy and Earthquakes respectively with each goalkeeper being saved at different times by their goal posts as well.
With the draw, the Quakes are now 3-4-1 on the season, with two matches remaing this year. The Galaxy are now unbeaten in their last six Reserve League games with a record of 4-1-3 on the season.
In the opening 45 minutes, the Galaxy controlled the play and looked the most likely to score. Jose Villarreal and Jack McBean helped create a pair of early chances, including one that Michael Stephens fired over the bar from the edge of the penalty area. In the 22nd minute, Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham prevented the Galaxy from getting an early lead as he saved Colin Clark's low drive. A few minutes later, Clark got on the end of a Laurent Courtois cross only to see his shot strike the outside of the post, sending the two sides into the half tied 0-0.
After the break, it was San Jose that came out the more aggressive of the two sides, with Shea Salinas going close in the 50th minute and then helping to set up a wild sequence just after the hour
mark. In the 64th minute, a Salinas cross found Adam Jahn inside the area, only for his looping header to carom off the far post. The rookie forward was first to react to the rebound, only for Brian Rowe to touch Jahn’s second effort off the other post. The ball would eventually fall to Jaime Aras in the center of the box, but his goal bound shot was headed off the line, keeping the game scoreless.
The game opened up over the final 25 minutes, though neither side was able to make a breakthrough. Rafael Garcia, Chandler Hoffman, Charlie Rugg and Raul Mendiola each had chances for the home side while San Jose’s forward pairing of Jahn and Sam Garza created chances for the visitors, though the game would end scoreless.
The Quakes will be back in action in LA on Monday, Sept. 30 when they travel to Chivas USA (11 a.m. at StubHub Center) while the Galaxy will be back in action on Sunday, Sept. 8 when they host the Colorado Rapids.