Matchday: Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy

Matchday Information

Kickoff: 8:00 p.m.
Gates Open: 6:00 p.m.
Parking Lots Open: 4:00 p.m.
**Fans are encouraged to arrive early to Friday's match at Avaya Stadium**
Will Call and Guest Services Open: 5:30 p.m.
Tickets: Today's match is SOLD OUT
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Match Giveaway: 10,000 #BeatLA Cheer Cards

Special Event: LGBT Night

The San Jose Earthquakes are proud to celebrate the Bay Area's rich LGBT culture at the Quakes LGBT Night. Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor Ken Yeager and former Earthquakes player Matt Hatzke will be participating in our ceremonial first goal. Matt Hatzke will be doing an exclusive talk with the LGBT community at halftime.

 

  Meet & Greet: Former Quakes player Matt Hatzke will do an exclusive talk
  with the LGBT community following the match

 

 

7UP Epicenter:
Food Trucks: Lalos Tacos, Twisted Chill, Speedy Panini, Jon Jon’s BBQ, Houndstooth Pizzeria
Live Band: Melted State

OPPONENT INFORMATION

Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 19-28-12
Home: 14-10-7 (46 GF, 40 GA)
Away: 5-18-5 (34 GF, 55 GA)
Playoffs: 4-5-1; US Open Cup: 0-5-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 80, LA Galaxy – 95

Last Game vs. LA Galaxy 
Earthquakes 2, LA Galaxy 5; July 17, 2015; StubHub Center in Carson, California 

The San Jose Earthquakes got two first-half goals from forward Quincy Amarikwa, but fell to the LA Galaxy 5-2 at the StubHub Center. The Quakes were without two of their three goal-scorers - forward Chris Wondolowski and midfielder Cordell Cato - from the two teams' previous meeting this season. Amarikwa made his first start on the road for San Jose since being acquired and defender Jordan Stewart returned from his one-game absence due to suspension. In the 12th minute, Amarikwa perfectly timed his run to beat an offsides trap and midfielder Fatai Alashe delivered a ball over the top. After doing well to control the lofted pass, Amarikwa attempted a left-footed shot, but his effort was saved by Galaxy keeper Brian Rowe. In the 22nd minute, defender Marvell Wynne sent a pass down the right flank and midfielder Sanna Nyassi sprinted up the sideline to track it down. Nyassi played a quick ball across the penalty area and Amarikwa one-timed a shot from about 15 yards out, beating the keeper. It marked Amarikwa's first goal of the season and first with San Jose since October 7, 2009. Just three minutes later, Amarikwa doubled his scoring total. Following a free kick by midfielder Matias Perez Garcia, the ball was batted around and fell loose in front of goal. Amarikwa was the first to get to it and calmly slotted his shot into the bottom-right corner of the net. It marked the first multi-goal game of his career. In the 30th minute, Los Angeles was able to cut their deficit in half. After being awarded a penalty kick, forward Robbie Keane converted to pull the home side within a goal. Seven minutes later, LA pulled level. A ball played low across the box found its way onto the foot of midfielder Steven Gerrard at the back post. Gerrard one-timed the ball past keeper David Bingham and into the net. The Galaxy took a 3-2 lead in the 64th minute. Gerrard hit a low free kick across the face of goal and Keane redirected it goal-ward. LA would add two late goals - a penalty by Keane and a header by forward Sebastian Lleget - to extend their lead to 5-2.

History of Quakes – LA Galaxy Rivalry
As the two original MLS teams in California, the Earthquakes (then known as the Clash) and the Galaxy met for the first time on April 28, 1996, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. … In front of a crowd of 40,347, the Clash fell to the Galaxy, 2-1 … From 1996-2005, the in-state rivals matched up more than any other teams in the league … Along with playing each other 58 times in the regular season, the Quakes and the Galaxy have also faced off 10 times in the postseason and five times in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup … The teams squared off in the playoffs in 1996, 2003 and 2005, as well as the 2001 MLS Cup … The Galaxy captured the 1996 conference semifinal series, two games to one, taking the final two contests at the Rose Bowl by identical scores of 2-0 … In 2001, the sides met in the MLS Cup, with the Quakes producing a come-from-behind 2-1 triumph at Columbus Crew Stadium as Dwayne De Rosario scored the winner in overtime … The 2003 Western Conference Semifinal series produced one of the most memorable games in league history … After dropping the road leg of a two-game set, 2-0, San Jose fell behind by that same score after just 13 minutes of the home return to trail the series, 4-0 on aggregate … The Quakes responded with a four-goal explosion in regulation to level the aggregate, 4-4, getting the fourth from Chris Ronér in the 90th minute just moments after he had come into the game … Fellow second-half substitute Rodrigo Faria then struck six minutes into sudden-death overtime to send San Jose to the Western Conference Finals, and ultimately its second MLS Cup … In 2005, having lost the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals, 3-1, at The Home Depot Center, the Quakes needed another two-goal comeback to win the series … After going up 1-0 on a Brian Ching goal in Game 2 on Oct. 29, 2005, Ned Grabavoy scored for the Galaxy to end the Quakes’ hopes … That match marked the Quakes’ final game before the team was relocated to Houston on Dec. 15, 2005 … Since the Earthquakes rejoined MLS in 2008, the teams have met 11 times … San Jose has gone 4-4-3 during that stretch, including a 1-0 win in front of what was then a stadium-record crowd of 10,799 at Buck Shaw Stadium on Aug. 21, 2010, thanks to a fourth-minute goal by Chris Wondolowski … The sides played to a scoreless draw in front of a new Buck Shaw record crowd of 10,872 in last year’s first meeting on June 25, with the Quakes unable to find a goal despite out-shooting the Galaxy, 25-8, and playing with a man advantage for 47 minutes … The return fixture in Carson resulted in a 2-0 victory for LA as Robbie Keane scored the winner on his MLS debut … The Earthquakes were 2-0-1 against the Galaxy in 2012, rallying from two-goal deficits to knock off their Southern California rival on May 23, 3-2, at The Home Depot Center and June 30, 4-3, in front of 50,391 at Stanford Stadium … San Jose again came from behind in their final regular season meeting of 2012, equalizing a pair of one-goal deficits for a 2-2 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium … After defeating the Galaxy 1-0 in the first leg of Western Conference Semifinals, the Quakes dropped the second match at Buck Shaw Stadium 3-1 and were eliminated from the postseason … The 2013 California Clasico got off to a lively start as the Earthquakes rallied from a 2-1 deficit while playing a man down with goals from Shea Salinas and Alan Gordon in second-half stoppage time, making San Jose the first team in league history to accomplish that feat … The Galaxy won the two teams’ next meeting in 2013 with a 3-0 rout on Aug. 31 at the StubHub Center thanks to a goal from Landon Donovan and a brace by Robbie Keane … The Earthquakes dropped a 1-0 decision to the Galaxy in their first meeting of 2014, a match that drew a sold-out crowd of 50,006 … Newly signed designated player Matias Perez Garcia and U.S. National Team forward Chris Wondolowski both scored in the first half to help the Earthquakes earn a valuable road point with a 2-2 draw against the LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center … In their third meeting of 2014, the Earthquakes tied the LA Galaxy 1-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium on September 14, thanks to a second half goal from Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski … In their first regular season meeting of 2015, the San Jose Earthquakes defeated the LA Galaxy 3-1 in the  California Clasico at Stanford Stadium in front of a sellout crowd of 50,422 … The Quakes fell to the Galaxy 1-0 in the Round of 16 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Avaya Stadium on July 1, 2015 … Although the Earthquakes newly acquired forward Quincy Amarikwa scored the first two goals of the match, San Jose was defeated 5-2 at the StubHub Center by the LA Galaxy. 

Earthquakes-LA Galaxy Connections
Galaxy forward Alan Gordon played for the Quakes from 2011-14, scoring 18 goals in 64 games … Gordon also played on Toronto FC with Earthquakes defender Ty Harden (2011) … Quakes assistant coach Ian Russell played in three games for the Galaxy in 2007 … Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant was San Jose’s first-round selection in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft and played 46 games for the Earthquakes from 2003-04, producing one goal and six assists … Dunivant (1999-2002) and Earthquakes forward Adam Jahn (2009-12) both attended Stanford … Galaxy technical director Jovan Kirovski played in nine matches for the Quakes in 2008 … Galaxy midfielder Robbie Rogers was teammates with Quakes forward Steven Lenhart  and defender Shaun Francis on the Columbus Crew from 2008-10 and 2010-2011, respectively … Galaxy defenders A.J. DeLaGarza (2005-08) and Omar Gonzalez (2006-08) and midfielder Robbie Rogers (2005) and Quakes defender Clarence Goodson (2000-03) played at the University of Maryland … Galaxy defender Tommy Meyer (2008-2011) and Quakes midfielder Tommy Thompson (2013) both played at the University of Indiana … Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Perk at Quakes midfielder Shea Salinas were teammates with the Philadelphia Union in 2010 … Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski and LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez represented the United States at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil … Earthquakes defender Marvell Wynne and the Galaxy’s forward Edson Buddle and defender Todd Dunivant all played together with Toronto FC (2007) and the Colorado Rapids (2013-2014) … Quakes defender Ty Harden played for the Galaxy in 2007… Galaxy defender Dan Gargan played eight games and recorded one assist for the Earthquakes (2013) … LA Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget was born in the Bay Area (San Francisco) … Galaxy forward Bradford Jamieson IV played alongside Quakes midfielder Tommy Thompson for the U.S. at the 2015 U-20 FIFA World Cup in New Zealand.