8/28 Regular Season SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy Pre Match Scouting Report

San Jose Notes and Injuries

Form — D-L-W-W-W (35 points, 7th place in Western Conference)

  • Last Week — The Quakes continued to shock the MLS with a 0-2 away win at previous points leader DC United. Chris Wondolowski and Shea Salinas bagged the goals while Qunicy Amarikwa (pronounced Am-uh-REEK-wah if you watched the match with the sky sports announcers) continued his hot form, and San Jose won their third straight for the first time since 2013.

  • Jordan Stewart and Steven Lenhart are on the long-term injury list, while Innocent inches closer to a long-awaited return.
  • Matías Pérez García continues to battle a hamstring problem, and did not feature in either of the Quakes matches last week. Jean Baptiste Pierazzi is also listed as questionable.

  • Fatai Alashe was subbed off in the 67th minute of the match against DC United, and was clearly hampered a knock. He is listed as questionable for Friday’s match. In addition, Alashe will be suspended for the match against the Philadelphia Union the following week if he features and picks up a yellow card.

Los Angeles Galaxy Notes and Injuries

Form — L-W-W-W-W (46 points, 1st place in Western Conference)

  • Last Week — The new look Galaxy continued their red hot form as they made a mockery of the MLS primetime showdown with NYCFC by notching a 5-1 victory. Robbie Keane led the way with two goals and two assists as the Galaxy won their fourth straight.

  • Jose Villareal, Baggio Husidic, and Todd Dunivant did not play last week and are listed as questionable.

Predicted Starting Lineup

The back line that posted shutouts two of the league’s top teams should remain together, and Anibal Godoy has seemingly cemented his place in the midfield. Should Alashe lose his fitness race, look for Marc Pelosi to step in. If MPG is deemed fit, it will be interesting to see where he fits into the lineup.

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Matchup

Odds — Los Angeles +120, SJ +180, Draw +218

  • The Quakes won the first clásico of the season 3-1 at Stanford Stadium, but lost days later 1-0 in the US Open Cup match at Avaya. The Galaxy then won 5-2 at the Stubhub Center on Steven Gerrard’s debut.

  • The winning streak has the Quakes up six spots to 11th in the mlssoccer.com power rankings.

  • The Galaxy remained atop the rankings after their thrashing of NYCFC.
  • The Quakes have taken 66 percent of the points in their last five matches, and have bagged an average of 2.0 goals per game while conceding just 0.2 per match. The Dynamo have been the only team to score on the Quakes in that time.

  • The Galaxy’s superstars have certainly provided on the attacking end, as LA has scored 3.2 goals per game in its last five matches. LA has not been easy to score against either, allowing 0.8 goals per game as the team has picked up 80 percent of the points in that time.

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