San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy – Football Match Report – October 3, 2020

Andres Rios scored from a penalty in the 82nd minute and San Jose host Earthquakes rallied to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy to come out of last place in the Western Conference.

It was the second game in a row the Earthquakes assembled for a 2-1 victory, following the same against Los Angeles FC on September 27. The Galaxy lost its fourth straight game to fall into the basement of the conference standings.

Rios’ opportunity from the penalty spot came after San Jose’s Shea Salinas was fouled in the penalty area by Galaxy defender Rolf Feltscher. It was the third goal of the season for Rios.

The Galaxy (4-7-3, 15 points) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute when Sebastian Lletget scored. The Earthquakes (4-6-5, 17 points) drew in the 42nd minute when Marcos Lopez scored his first goal of the season.

San Jose has allowed just two goals in their last two games after humiliating back-to-back losses where they lost to the Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers by a combined score of 11-1.

In the search for forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, the Galaxy got off to a promising start. After a pass through the center from Cristian Pavon, Chicharito landed a left-footed strike on the right post. Lletget jumped off the rebound and landed a shot past San Jose goalie JT Marcinkowski.

The goal was Lletget’s sixth of the season to tie him with Pavon for the team lead.

The earthquakes even occurred just before halftime. Lopez took a pass from Nick Lima, found space on the left side of the goal and unleashed a left-footed shot through the penalty area and into the upper right corner of the goal in front of Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham .

The game marked the Galaxy’s debut for forward Yony Gonzalez, who was loaned out in August by SL Benfica in Portugal. Gonzalez came in in the 72nd minute for Lletget.

The Earthquakes had the opportunity to tie the score in the 12th minute, but Chris Wondolowski’s penalty shot in the lower right corner of the goal was saved on a dive from Bingham.

–Field level media


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