2/28 Preseason SJ Earthquakes 3-2 LA Galaxy – Post Match Notes

2/28 Preseason SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy – (3-2) – Post Match Notes

The Quakes took on their Southern California rivals on Saturday afternoon in brand new Avaya Stadium. The capacity was capped at 10,000, but the fans still made plenty of noise.

Scoring/Summary

42′ San Jose Earthquakes Goal (Omar Gonzalez OG)

54′ San Jose Earthquakes Yellow Card (Fatai Alashe)

58′ San Jose Earthquakes Goal (JJ Koval) from (Chris Wondolowski, Matias Perez Garcia)

65′ LA Galaxy Goal (Jose Villareal)

67′ San Jose Earthquakes Goal (Adam Jahn) from (Matias Perez Garcia)

82′ LA Galaxy Goal (Robbie Keane)

First Half

The back line of Wynne, Bernardez, Renato, and Francis looked strong today. There were only a couple of chances for the Galaxy, and almost no dangerous shots on goal. Marvell Wynne especially had a good day, despite the fact that he was up against Robbie Keane and young Bradford Jamieson. Renato, Bernardez, and Francis looked strong too. The only problem that they, and GK David Bingham, had was that they were having some issues with playing the ball forward under pressure. They were often forced to play bad passes ahead, and thus lost the ball. The passes were not left in dangerous places, but that is an issue they will likely have to address in the future.

The midfield overall looked great. Matias Perez Garcia took a few knocks, and showed a bit of frustration, but apart from that – he played some good balls into the box. Sanna Nyassi looked particularly dangerous with Marvell Wynne on the right side. He had several great runs, dribbling and weaving around Galaxy defenders too. Shea Salinas had a beautiful goal, which also made a fool of former Quake Dan Gargan. Shea danced around Gargan, played a cross in that deflected off of  Omar Gonzalez for the first goal in Avaya Stadium’s history. Koval and Pierazzi also combined for some good play. Koval especially was a big part of many of the good chances in the first half.

Overall, it took a while for the two teams to feel each other out. When they did get a hold of the game, the Quakes were much better with the possession they had. Towards the end of the second half, they looked great, and managed to tally a goal for it.

Second Half

The Quakes continued their attacking play into the second half, and looked solid for the most part. They conceded a goal off of a deflection that David Bingham was not able to push over the crossbar, but they were able to tally 2 more beautiful goals. One of them was off a perfect ball floated in by Matias Perez Garcia, which Chris Wondolowski headed to JJ Koval, who one timed it into the back of the net. The second goal was also from Matias Perez Garcia – but this time it was his corner kick service. He played it right to Adam Jahn, who has 8 goals this preseason. Jahn was able to put it away with ease, and will certainly look to get more first team minutes in the upcoming season.

After the Quakes second goal, the attacking play slowed down a bit for them. They made a lot of substitutions, which shook the rhythm of the game up a bit. Robbie Keane tallied a goal for the Galaxy in the 82nd minute, which made the score 3-2.

After that, Leandro Barrera and Cordell Cato came on, and looked dangerous going forward. Their speed will certainly create plenty of excitement for the future. It is a great resource to have players like them on the bench. Barrera especially, the young Argentinian, was a steal from Chivas USA.

The match ended with some pouring rain, and apparently some hail, but the fans didn’t really feel it under the overhang. The Ultras were loud all game long, and the rest of the fans were getting into it too. The pitch held up pretty nicely as well, which was a major concern at Levis Stadium. The Quakes will be happy with this win, and all fans will definitely be looking forward to the home opener later in march against Chicago. (pending a players strike)

More coming soon.

Anay Patel

I have been a lifelong Quakes fan, and founded Quakes Epicenter in November of 2014. I have been credentialed to cover the Quakes since the 2015 season, and currently serves as the lead editor of the website. Outside of the Quakes, I am currently a student at the University of Southern California studying Computer Science and Business Administration.

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