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RECAP: Quakes suffer loss to Galaxy in California Clasico

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes fell to the LA Galaxy 4-2 Saturday night at Avaya Stadium in the first California Clasico of the 2017 season.
Chris Wondolowski and Danny Hoesen tallied goals for San Jose, with Hoesen and Homegrown midfielder Tommy Thompson each recording an assist. Hoesen’s goal was the first of his MLS career and Thompson’s assist was his second in as many games at Avaya Stadium.
The Earthquakes hit the road to take on the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on Friday, June 2. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT and will air live on UniMas, KNBR 1050 and 1370 KZSF.
MLS Regular Season
San Jose Earthquakes 2 – 4 LA Galaxy
May 27, 2017 – Avaya Stadium in San Jose, CA.
Attendance: 18,000
Scoring Summary: SJ – Chris Wondolowski (Danny Hoesen) 10; LA – Joao Pedro (Jelle Van Damme) 19; LA – Giovani dos Santos (penalty) 35; SJ – Danny Hoesen (Tommy Thompson) 37; LA – Victor Bernardez (own goal) 44; LA – Giovani dos Santos (Romain Alessandrini) 64.
Misconduct Summary: LA – Bradley Diallo (caution) 66; SJ – Chris Wondolowski (caution) 69; LA – Jack McInerney (caution) 90+3.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: David Bingham; Kofi Sarkodie (Nick Lima 45), Florian Jungwirth, Victor Bernardez (Simon Dawkins 79), Cordell Cato; Danny Hoesen, Darwin Ceren, Tommy Thompson, Jahmir Hyka; Marco Ureña, Chris Wondolowski.
LA GALAXY: Brian Rowe; Jelle Van Damme; Bradley Diallo, Daniel Steres (Dave Romney 43), Ashley Cole; Rafael Garcia (Jaime Villarreal 87), Romain Alessandrini, Joao Pedro, Emmanuel Boateng (Jack McInerney 64); Giovani dos Santos, Gyasi Zardes.
Overall thoughts on the game:
“I don’t think it was ball possession that really let us down tonight because we had a number of chances. We still could have scored some more goals. I thought our defending was passive and they took advantage of that. I’ll have to look back at all the other goals, but I do know a couple we were just very passive, we sat a little bit too deep, gave them too much room and we got punished for it.”
On the Earthquakes defense against LA:
“They moved the ball well; you have to give them credit. It’s not like everything they did was because of us. They have good players out there, and I thought Giovani [Dos Santos] tonight was excellent. He had a good game, he was everywhere and he held the ball well. He had a good night for them. I thought we gave them too much room and I think at times we were a little bit disjointed. Our lines were too far apart and at times they took advantage of the space that was in between those lines.”
On his assist:
“It’s been a long time coming. I’ve played over 50 MLS games now and I am confident in whatever position I need to play and I think it finally shows.”
On Danny Hoesen’s goal:
“Danny’s always making good runs, so it felt good to connect with him. We have been working on that a lot in practice so it is nice that it paid off on the field.”
On first goal:
“I think it was a good goal. A great cross by Tommy [Thompson]. I was hoping he was going to beat his man so I sawed off the defender to try and cut in front of him … It took me a while but hopefully now I can keep going.”

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