6/27 California Classico: SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy Pre Match Scouting Report

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San Jose Notes and Injuries

Form — W-D-L-D-W (22 points, 7th place in Western Conference)

  • Last Week — The Quakes came away from Seattle with a victory for the second time this season, winning 2-0 thanks to lovely goals from Sanna Nyassi and Matías Pérez García.Both goals were nominated for MLS Goal of the Week, and García’s slaloming run and cool finish took the honors. García also assisted on Nyassi’s goal, and was included in the MLS Team of the Week.

  • Innocent and Steven Lenhart remain on the long-term injury list, and Marvell Wynne has been battling a hamstring problem but may be ready to go on Saturday.

  • Sanna Nyassi will miss the trip to Portland through suspension if he picks up a yellow card.

LA Galaxy Notes and Injuries

Form — D-L-D-W-W (28 points, 3rd place in Western Conference)

  • Last Week — The Galaxy played at home twice last week, and smashed in five goals in each match with a 5-1 win over the Union and a 5-0 demolition of the Timbers. Robbie Keane, Gyassi Zardes, and Bay Area native Sebastian Lleget were on fire in both games, tallying 4 goals and 6 assists between them.

  • Todd Dunivant, Bradford Jamieson IV, and Edson Buddle were all left out of the 18 due to injury in the midweek game against Portland.

  • Alan Gordon and Robbie Rogers are both one yellow card away from picking up a one game suspension.

Predicted Starting Lineup

The starting XI should be nearly the same as last week, with the exception of Mark Sherrod’s return from suspension. Should Marvell Wynne be unable to go, Shaun Francis or Cordell Cato seem the most likely replacements.

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Odds — LA +160, SJ  +171, Draw +227

  • The Quakes moved up three spots to 10th in mlssoccer.com’s power rankings after their away win against the Sounders.

  • The Galaxy moved up from 7th to 5th, but the rankings were released before the Galaxy’s dominant midweek win against Portland.

  • Three of the last four Califonia Clásicos have ended in a draw, and the Quakes have not won in nearly two years.

  • The match will be played at Stanford Stadium. The teams will face each other again just four days later at Avaya in the U.S. Open Cup.
  • The Quakes have picked up 53 percent of the points in their last five matches, scoring 1.2 goals per game and allowing 0.8 per game.

  • The Galaxy have also taken 53 percent of the possible points in their last five, but have scored 2.6 goals per game in that time while allowing 1.0 per game.

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