San Jose Earthquakes Tie LA Galaxy 2-2 in Second Installment of California Clasico
The San Jose Earthquakes had to settle for a draw on Friday night in the second installment of the California Clasico despite gaining the lead on two occasions.
Chris Wondolowski and the newly-signed Matias Perez Garcia both scored for the Quakes, but the LA Galaxy were able to find the equalizer on two occasions. San Jose has now turned in four positive results in a row and improves to 6-6-8 on the season. Following the draw, the team has 24 points and is six points off the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Quakes grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute courtesy of Chris Wondolowski, who scored for the third time in five games since returning from the World Cup. The striker careened into the box and then slashed his shot across the face of goal and into the far corner of the net.
Gyasi Zardes then equalized in the 29th minute, but the 1-1 scoreline was short lived. Just two minutes later, Wondolowski laid off a backheel to Perez Garcia, who smashed home his shot from the edge of the box with his strike clattering off the outstretched arm of Galaxy goal keeper Jamie Penedo.
Omar Gonzalez pulled LA even once again in the 49th minute. The national team defender sent a perfectly placed header in between goal keeper Jon Busch and the near post. For Gonzalez, the strike was his first of the season.
Up next, the Quakes take on FC Dallas at Buck Shaw Stadium on Friday, August 16. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30pm. The game can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KLIV 1590.by