Fan Guide: Quakes travel to LA

Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy All-Time

MLS Regular Season: 18-26-10
Home: 13-10-6 (42 GF, 38 GA)
Away: 5-17-4 (30 GF, 48 GA)
Shootout (1996-99): 1-4; Overtime (2000-03): 0-0-4
Playoffs: 4-5-1; US Open Cup: 0-4-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 72, LA Galaxy – 86

Last Game vs. LA Galaxy
Earthquakes 0, LA Galaxy 1; June 28, 2014; Stanford Stadium in Stanford, Calif.

After a scoreless first half, the Earthquakes conceded a goal midway through the second half and fell 1-0 to the LA Galaxy in front of a sold-out crowd of 50,006 at Stanford Stadium. In the first half, the Quakes Steven Lenhart came close on a couple of headers that nearly put San Jose in the lead. On the first, he got on the end of a header from close range but just pushed it past the post. Late in the half, Jason Hernandez picked up a poor clearance and volleyed a high cross in for Lenhart. The Quakes forward out-jumped his defender, but his header just missed the left post. The Galaxy took the lead in the 61st minute on a goal from Gyasi Zardes. Robbie Keane curled a ball in from 25 yards out to Marcelo Sarvas in the heart of the penalty box. Sarvas calmly laid the ball off to Zardes, who powered home a right-footed shot past Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch. With time running down, Lenhart almost equalized with another powerful header. A long cross from the right wing found Lenhart in the box and he headed a ball back across the Galaxy goal, but LA goalkeeper Jaime Penedo leaped and tipped the ball over the bar.

History of the Earthquakes – 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 48 times in the regular season, the Quakes and the Galaxy have also faced off eight times in the postseason and four 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 10 times … San Jose has gone 3-4-3 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.

Earthquakes-LA Galaxy Connections

Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan began his MLS career with the Earthquakes, producing 32 goals  and 29 assists over 87 appearances from 2001-04 and helping lead San Jose to both of its MLS Cup titles in 2001 and 2003 … Quakes forward Alan Gordon played for the Galaxy from 2004-10, scoring 16 goals in 99 games … 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 assistant coach Curt Onalfo played in six matches for San Jose in 1997 … 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 on the Columbus Crew from 2008-10 … Galaxy defenders A.J. DeLaGarza (2005-08) and Omar Gonzalez (2006-08), Galaxy 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 … Galaxy defender James Riley played with the San Jose Earthquakes in 2008 … Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski and LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez represented the United States at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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