Western Conference Semifinal
San Jose Earthquakes vs LA Galaxy
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Buck Shaw Stadium
Kick-off: 8:00 p.m
A goal in stoppage time gave San Jose a 1-0 victory this past Sunday night at the Home Depot Center. A questionable free kick was given to San Jose, and the shot was deflected off Omar Gonzalez’s leg and trickled its way past Josh Saunders. On Wednesday the Galaxy will try to keep the season from ending at Buck Shaw Stadium.
When it looked like the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals between LA and SJ would end 0-0, the Galaxy gave up a goal to go down 1-0. Now, the Galaxy must win by 1 goal to push the series to extra time (and possibly penalty kicks) or by 2 goals to advance directly, since away goals don’t matter.
Although the Galaxy controlled most of the game, there were not many chances created in the final third. The first shot on goal was in the 66th minute, and it came from defender Sean Franklin. LA’s best look on goal was in the 83rd minute, when Robbie Keane’s shot hit the crossbar. The Galaxy will have to do a better job creating goal scoring opportunities if they want to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
In the regular season the Earthquakes and Galaxy had the top two offenses in the league. In their three regular season meetings a total of 16 goals were scored between the two, with the Earthquakes outscoring the Galaxy 9-7. It wasn’t until October 21st that the Galaxy would score their first goals at Buck Shaw Stadium since the Earthquakes started playing there in 2010.
It’s do or die time for the Galaxy on Wednesday. It’s been a difficult season for the defending champions, and on Wednesday night either the season will end for LA or the dream to repeat as champions will continue.
SJ 1-0 LA
Let’s Go LA!
THIS IS LA!
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