For the first time since 2019, and delayed from June of this year due to a brush fire in the area, the Quakes and Galaxy finally played their game at Palo Alto. The 2021 return was at PayPal Park but Stanford Stadium has built a tradition since 2012 so this edition was the 10th year of play.
The one sour note was no Goonies magic as the Quakes fell short to the Galaxy 3-2 thanks to two goals from Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and one from Gaston Brugman. Cristian Espinoza scored off the spot in the second half to start a comeback but a stoppage time by Nathan was not enough as the visitors get the upper hand and stay in contention for the MLS Cup playoffs.
Our select photos are here:
The Quakes finish their home season schedule with a game against Minnesota next weekend on October 1 and finish their slate on the road at Seattle on October 9, while the Galaxy return home to host Real Salt Lake on the same day before concluding their season at Houston–also on the 9th.
It what was the grand reopening to full crowds since March 7, 2020 the Quakes and Galaxy played to a sold out crowd. While the game was originally scheduled for Stanford it was moved to PayPal Park and unfortunately it turned into the Chicharito show. Javier Hernandez accounted for the goals in the 9th and 50th minute, with Quakes defender Florian Jungworth adding to the LA tally in the 70th minute. Cade Cowell accounted for the only score for the Quakes in the 82th minute.
Photo set and select shots coming soon.
The Quakes head on the road to visit Minnesota United at St. Paul on Saturday July 3 5pm kickoff while the LA Galaxy will host Sporting Kansas City in a holiday night match Sunday July 4 at 7:30pm.
In another match that was fit for the storied history of both teams, San Jose and Los Angeles met for the eighth time at Stanford Stadium. It was no contest as Vako started the scoring in the 11th minute. It was a tightly contested match until Shea Salinas came off the bench in the in the 75th minute and 8 minutes later scored an insurance goal off an assist by Vako to put the home team in the lead for good. Tommy Thompson later added a goal with 5 minutes remaining to seal the victory. The win puts the Quakes on a 6 game unbeaten streak (4 wins and 2 draws).
Photos can be found on Facebook. Select shots coming soon.
The Quakes have another quick turnaround as they go on the road to St. Paul to play Minnesota United Wednesday July 3 at 5pm before returning home to face Real Salt Lake at Avaya Stadium on Saturday July 6 at 7pm. LA comes back home to host Toronto FC in a holiday match on Thursday July 4 7:30 pm kickoff. Both teams will once again meet in two weeks time with the return leg at Carson on Friday July 12 at 8pm.
Chris Wondowlowski added to his legend with a brace thanks to an early first half goal and a second half penalty kick. However, Zlatan Ibrahimovic added two goals to his own tally while Romain Alessandrini rounded up the Galaxy scoring, all in the first half. Vako contributed to the Quakes scoring with his tally in the 39th minute. The eighth game at Stanford Stadium (and seventh overall between the two teams) ended up being a 3-3 draw.
Wondolowski’s two goals moved him closer to the all-time MLS record with 140 career goals. He needs only 5 more to tie Landon Donovan for first place with 145.
Facebook series – Quakes v Galaxy. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved
The critique of Saturday’s 3-3 draw thank you Quakes Fans.
Next up for San Jose is a road trip against the Portland Timbers on July 7 at 8pm. Next up for the Galaxy is a home game on the 4th of July against DC United, followed by another game on July 7 hosting Columbus.
Updates 7/2: Facebook photo album (notebook) and article from Quakes Talk added.