Full time: LA 1, San Jose 2. Tough night for the Galaxy, who have now lost four in a row. Thanks for following along tonight.
82nd minute: Goal Quakes. Andy Rios scores the PK to give the other side the lead.
42nd minute: Goal Quakes. Marcos Lopez scores his first MLS goal with LA’s defense giving him a wide berth to do so.
4th minute: GOOOOOOOL Galaxy! Sebastian Lletget cleans up Chicharito’s shot off the post to give the visitors the lead early on. Let’s go!
LA go with something close to the group they’ve been running with, but Julian Araujo is not in the squad at all, due to his yellow card suspension.
San Jose go with a familiar group after winning last week:
The Galaxy came from behind to beat San Jose in the game at Dignity Health Sports Park earlier this season, while the teams played to an admittedly boring 0-0 result in San Jose in their last meeting. But with three straight losses, all the good vibes from the earlier four-game winning streak have dissipated, and the Galaxy need to get on track.
Believe it or not, one point separates these teams, with only the Quakes standing between the Galaxy and the Western Conference basement right now, so this is something of a six-pointer beyond being a rivalry clash.
The Quakes have largely been woeful since returning from the Orlando trip, going on an eight-game winless run, but they just won last weekend, coming back to beat LAFC in Los Angeles. Was that a blip against reeling LAFC or do they have some life left in them? I think it’s probably a combination of the two, honestly, and with LA struggling it’s not a given the Quakes will just roll over, especially since they’ve played the Galaxy pretty well so far.
So we’ll see what happens. Both teams are coming off nearly a week of rest and I think that should improve the quality of play. Should be another big game.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Friday evening, LA are (+123) while San Jose are (+185). The odds of a draw are also (+275), so the bookmakers think the Galaxy have a slight advantage on the road, but not really shading in favor of either team.
How to Watch:
Saturday’s match between LA and the Earthquakes will be televised locally on Spectrum SportsNet and in the rest of the country on ESPN+. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow.
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