Western Conference Semifinals
LA Galaxy vs SJ Earthquakes
Sunday, November 4, 2012
The Home Depot Center
Kick-off: 6:00 p.m
In dramatic fashion the Galaxy advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals this Thursday night by defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Knockout Round. Trailing for most of the game, Mike Magee and Landon Donovan scored a goal each in a span of five minutes to turn the game around in the Galaxy’s favor. With the win, the Galaxy will now face the San Jose Earthquakes in a home-and-away series that will determine which team advances to the Western Conference Final.
The Earthquakes were the only team in the Western Conference who did not suffer a defeat against the Galaxy in the regular season. The Galaxy had two losses against the Earthquakes, both after giving up two-goal leads. In their final meeting the Galaxy and the Earthquakes played to a 2-2 draw.
The Galaxy will be on short rest when they face San Jose on Sunday, and might be missing some players due to injury. AJ DeLaGarza, Sean Franklin, and Christian Wilhelmsson all missed the game on Thursday due to injury, and Juninho had to be replaced in the second half with what is reported to be an Achilles injury. Franklin is expected to be back Sunday, while staff is hopeful Juninho will be available for Sunday’s game as well.
Here’s how the LA Galaxy and SJ Earthquakes finished the regular season:
54 points, 59 GF, 47 GA
16-12-6, 4th in Western Conference
Home Record: 10-6-1
Away Record: 6-6-5
66 points, 72 GF, 43 GA
19-6-9, 1st in Western Conference
Home Record: 10-1-6
Away Record: 9-5-3
THIS IS LA!