LA Galaxy @ San Jose Earthquakes
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Kick-off: 7:00 p.m
Viewing Party: Doughboy’s Pizza
Currently on their longest winning streak of the season, the LA Galaxy will head north on Saturday to visit the San Jose Earthquakes in another edition of the California Clasico. Since returning from the international break, LA has won three consecutive games, a total of nine points. In a week the Galaxy managed to get almost as many points as they had through the first three months of the season.
It seems like pieces to the puzzle are starting to come together for the Galaxy. Josh Saunders’ return has been key to the defending champions’ three consecutive wins (two of those shutouts), but just as important have been performances from players like Mike Magee and Landon Donovan. The two have combined for five of the Galaxy’s six goals in the past couple of games. The sixth goal belongs to Robbie Keane, who returned from international duty and scored his fourth goal of the season (first since March 31st) in LA’s 3-0 win over Vancouver. Donovan and Keane both missed the first meeting between Los Angeles and San Jose at the Home Depot Center in May.
With one of the league’s best offenses, the Earthquakes lead the Western Conference standings and have won their last two games in MLS play. Led by Landon Donovan, the Galaxy will look to stretch their winning streak and continue to move up in the standings. Donovan has been selected player of the week after three goals and two assists in two games last week. David Beckham, the team’s assist leader, is a yellow card away from a one-game suspension after being booked in this past Saturday’s win.
20 points, 22 GF, 23 GA
6-8-2, 5th in Western Conference
Home Record: 4-4-1
Away Record: 2-4-1
San Jose Earthquakes:
33 points, 31 GF, 19 GA
10-3-3, 1st in Western Conference
Home Record: 4-1-2
Away Record: 6-2-1
THIS IS LA!