GOAL BREAKDOWN: Vako's California Clasico strike

The Quakes picked up three crucial points against their California Clasico rival LA Galaxy over the weekend. Let’s break down how the game-winner by Vako was earned just before the stroke of halftime.

 

1. Keep possession: Chris Wondolowski’s hard work keeps possession for San Jose. Wondolowski fends off a screen by Joao Pedro and does just enough to get the ball to teammate Tommy Thompson.

2. Push forward: Thompson shows aggressiveness to take on multiple Galaxy defenders instead of turning back to his defense. After skipping past two, he attempts a cross to the back post, ultimately winning a corner kick.

3. Straight from the training ground: Shea Salinas gives the play call to his teammates before taking the corner kick.

4. Bombs away: A dangerous corner kick by Salinas finds Vako unmarked in the penalty area. His first-timed blast beats keeper Jon Kempin at the near post.

5. Another look: Vako makes no mistake about it, striking the half volley cleanly. It takes the slightest of deflections before finding the back of the net.

6. Celebration: Vako celebrates by kissing his forearm before rookie Jackson Yueill catches up to him.

7. Jubilation: The San Jose Ultras and other traveling fans erupt while the rest of the stadium falls silent.

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