LA Galaxy face tough challenge in Western Conference Semi-Final second leg

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The San Jose Earthquakes host the LA Galaxy at 8:00 PST, broadcast live on ESPN2 with the LA Galaxy needing to finish ahead by a goal to force added extra time or ahead by two goals to win outright.

The San Jose Earthquakes host the LA Galaxy at 8:00 PST, broadcast live on ESPN2 with the LA Galaxy needing to finish ahead by a goal to force added extra time or ahead by two goals to win outright.

The Earthquakes have never lost at home to the Galaxy in the MLS Cup Playoffs. After a win in 1996 in the first postseason match ever for both clubs, the Quakes also won in dramatic fashion in 2003 when the two sides met in the Western Conference semifinal second leg. Landon Donovan scored the second goal for San Jose who finished the match 4-2 to send the series into added extra time where the Quakes found the match winner. The teams played to a 1-1 draw in 2005, when the Galaxy went on to win the MLS Cup for the second time.

During this MLS season, the current Quakes have had their own added time heroics scoring eight goals to win five matches after the ninety minutes were up. San Jose scored 22 of their 72 goals this year after the 75th minute. This was the second time the Earthquakes had scored deep into added time to defeat LA at The Home Depot Center. Alan Gordon scored in the 94th minute for a 2-3 San Jose win on May 23rd.

The Galaxy played the Quakes to a 2-2 draw the last time they were at Buck Shaw Stadium, coming back from 1 goal deficits twice. San Jose also came back from 3-1 down at Stanford Stadium to win 4-3 on June 23rd.

These are two franchises with a ton of history playing each other, and a San Jose franchise with a long history of comeback victories. Will the Galaxy be able to keep Chris Wondolowski off the scoresheet again in the place where San Jose only lost once this season?

Lineups will be posted soon.

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