There was no comeback for the San Jose Earthquakes this time.
Facing off against the LA Galaxy on Saturday night at Stanford Stadium, the Quakes lost 1-0 to their southern rivals in the California Clasico. The Galaxy grabbed the decisive strike in the 61st minute courtesy of of Gyasi Zardes. With his back to the goal, Marcelo Sarvas controlled the ball in the box and laid off a pass to the forward who crashed his shot into the top of the net.
In front of a sellout crowd of 50,006, The Quakes had all sorts of possession and all sorts of chances to find a goal. Ultimately, they weren’t able to capitalize.
“We created some chances. It was just one of those nights where we couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net,” said winger Cordell Cato.
Yannick Djalo and Steven Lenhart led San Jose’s attack with the best opportunities falling to the bruising forward. In the 27th minute, Lenhart sent a header just wide of the frame. In the 42nd minute, Lenhart narrowly missed the target with a looping header.
In the opening minutes of the second half, Cato came close to giving the club a 1-0 advantage on an effort from just inside the 18-yard box. In the 88th minute, Lenhart nearly provided the equalizer. Sam Cronin poured in a perfectly placed set piece and Lenhart’s header was on its way to the back of the net before the outstretched hand of Jaime Penedo redirected the shot over the crossbar.
The Quakes’ defense rendered Landon Donovan a non-factor in the game. The attacker, who was left off the World Cup roster, often dropped way back into the midfield and was unable to make any impact.
Following the loss, San Jose (4-4-6) remains in eighth place in the Western Conference standings with 16 points. Up next, the Quakes take on Chivas USA on July 2. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30pm at Buck Shaw Stadium. The game can be seen on CSN California and heard on 1590 KLIV.
Note: Djalo exited the game in the 73rd minute with a minor leg injury. In eight games, including four starts, Djalo has only played a full 90 minutes on one occasion.
“I felt pretty good for a good part of the match, but I had a little bit of pain,” said Djalo via a translator. “That’s why I had to come off, but it wasn’t a bad pain—nothing serious. Just a little bit of pain in my leg.”
Note: The 49ers have announced that the team has sold out for the opening season at Levi’s Stadium. Only standing room tickets remain available.