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LA Galaxy San Jose Earthquakes match preview

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After destroying three straight teams at the StubHub Center, how will the Galaxy perform away from home when they travel up north to battle the Earthquakes this Saturday? (7:30, Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Deportes, MLS Live)

While the Galaxy have every chance to end their 15-game winless run on the road with their play as of late, expect a tight contest. The California Clásico has traditionally been a hotly contested matchup, especially within the narrow confines of Stanford Stadium where a large crowd is expected. Add the various story lines (Alan Gordon returning to San Jose, Sebastian Lletget's homecoming) and this should be an entertaining game.

The Earthquakes are also a team in form at the moment, having lost just one of their past eight. Head coach Dominic Kinnear will have his team organized defensively, and San Jose has benefitted from the steady emergence of Designated Player Matias Perez Garcia, who scored a brilliant individual goal as the Earthquakes soundly defeated a weakened Seattle lineup at CenturyLink over the weekend.

The 5'5" Argentine playmaker has always been dangerous, but is just starting to shift to that coveted "Getting used to MLS" gear.

Like usual, the exact lineup and game plan for the Galaxy is up in the air. But despite the possibility of fatigue with LA playing their third game in seven days, with the Galaxy attack enjoying so much success, the lineup should resemble what we saw vs. the Timbers with minimal rotation.