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October 21, 2012 7:08 PM EDT
Buck Shaw Stadium — Santa Clara, California
Referee:‬ J. Marrufo‎
Attendance:‬ 10744‎

MLS Preview: San Jose Earthquakes - LA Galaxy

The last California Clasico of the season sees the two teams jockey for spots in the playoffs.

By Zac Lee Rigg

David Beckham, LA Galaxy; Justin Morrow, San Jose Earthquakes; MLS
Thearon W. Henderson
San Jose Earthquakes (4-4-2): Busch; Beitashour, Bernardez, Corrales, Morrow; Chavez, Cronin, Baca, Salinas; Wondolowski, Gordon.


OUT: MF Mehdi Ballouchy (L knee ACL tear); MF Jacob Hustedt (L ankle surgery); MF Cesar Diaz Pizarro (R groin strain); DF Tim Ward (L non-specific soft tissue injury)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Ike Opara (concussion)

PROBABLE: GK David Bingham (R wrist sprain); MF Simon Dawkins (R ankle sprain); DF Justin Morrow (R shoulder sprain)
LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Saunders; Franklin, Meyer, Gonzalez, Dunivant; Sarvas, Beckham, Juninho, Magee; Keane, Buddle.


OUT: DF A.J. DeLaGarza (L knee sprain); DF Leonardo (R knee inflammation); MF Kyle Nakazawa (back spasms)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Landon Donovan (L knee bone bruise)
  • First and fourth in the Western Conference, respectively, these teams have already qualified for the playoffs.
  • The Earthquakes have scored multiple goals in seven consecutive matches.
  • In the two previous meetings between these teams this season, San Jose has come from behind to win. After the first, Steven Lenhard co-opted the phrase "Goonies never die" to describe the 'Quakes' resiliency.
  • Chris Wondolowski has scored 25 goals this year, two off the all-time MLS season high of 27, scored by Roy Lassiter in 1996.
  • Jason Hernandez is suspended for this match.

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