With this being the second to last game of the season before the playoffs start, this round of the California Clasico had huge implications for the playoff picture.
San Jose has already won the MLS Supporters Shield with the most points this season. This means that they will get homefield advantage all the way through the playoffs. Also, if they were not to get to the final, the match will still be played in San Jose.
From the first whistle, to the last whistle, this match had high energy and lots of pace the whole way through. There was a fantastic atmosphere this evening with it being the last official home match of the season for the Earthquakes.
The record amount of goals in a single MLS season came all the way back in 1996. People have gotten close, but none have gotten as close as San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski. Before the match he was at 25 goals for the season. He needs just two more goals with two left to play to try and tie the all time record.
The match got underway at 4:00pm local time. Los Angeles were without superstars David Beckham and Landon Donovan who are both injured.
San Jose grabbed the momentum early in the second half when Wondo had a shot at getting San Jose ahead in the 51st minute when the Quakes had three great chances to strike first.
All that momentum went away in the 59th minute, when LA Galaxy’s Irish international forward, Robbie Keane scored after he started the goal scoring chance. LA had a one goal advantage. But the that would change in just two minutes.
Chavez scored on an outstanding free kick from 25 yards out and tied things all up at one. In the 69th minute of the match, Edson Buddle got on the scoring sheet when headed a ball home from Sean Franklins cross. The Galaxy had their lead back, 2-1.
Wondolowski did finally get on the score sheet. He scored in the 73rd minute from corner that was taken by Chavez who scored SJ’s first goal. Wondo is now just one goal away from tying the all time record for goals scored in an MLS regular season.
San Jose rap up their regular season with a trip to Portland, while Los Angeles play hosts to Seattle at the Home Depot Center in LA.