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November 4, 2012 9:00 PM EST
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MLS Preview: LA Galaxy - San Jose Earthquakes

The California Clasico has already offered up a series of classics this season. Now the rivals face twice in four days in the playoffs.

By Zac Lee Rigg

David Beckham, LA Galaxy; Justin Morrow, San Jose Earthquakes; MLS
Thearon W. Henderson
LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Saunders; Franklin, Meyers, Gonzalez, Dunivant; Sarvas, Beckham, Juninho, Magee, Keane, Donovan.


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

QUESTIONABLE: DF Sean Franklin (L hamstring tightness); DF David Junior Lopes (facial fracture); MF Christian Wilhelmsson (R quad tightness)
San Jose Earthquakes (4-4-2): Busch; Beitashour, Hernandez, Bernardez, Morrow; Chavez, Baca, Cronin, Corrales; Lenhart, Wondolowski.


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

QUESTIONABLE: FW Alan Gordon (R ankle sprain)

PROBABLE: MF Cesar Diaz Pizarro (R groin strain); Simon Dawkins (R ankle sprain)
  • The three matches between these California rivals in the regular season featured 16 goals total, with the 'Quakes coming back from behind to win two. They drew the final meeting 2-2.
  • Mike Magee has scored four goals and assisted twice in 17 career games against San Jose. He has scored five goals in his last six playoff appearances. The 28-year-old scored the equalizing goal in the Galaxy's 2-1 comeback win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Knockout Round on Thursday.
  • Landon Donovan, who formerly played for the Earthquakes, finished second in the league with 14 assists. He scored nine goals during the regular season, and added a penalty to oust the Whitecaps.
  • Alan Gordon, himself a former Galaxy striker, had the best goals per 90 minutes in the league, at 0.90. He finished with 13 goals.
  • Chris Wondolowski tied the all-time MLS record with 27 goals. Robbie Keane was fourth in the league with 16 goals. Marvin Chavez tied for third with 13 assists.

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Available Squads
12Josh SaundersGoalkeeper
5Sean FranklinDefender
2Todd DunivantDefender
21Tommy MeyerDefender
4Omar GonzalezDefender
32David BeckhamMidfielder
9Mike MageeMidfielder
8Marcelo Sarvas Striker
10Landon DonovanStriker
7Robbie KeaneStriker
9Christian WilhelmssonMidfielder
9Edson BuddleStriker
-Michael StephensMidfielder
1Brian PerkGoalkeeper
33Jose VillarrealStriker
27Andrew BoyensDefender
-Bryan GaulDefender
18Jon BuschGoalkeeper
33Steven BeitashourDefender
5V. BernárdezDefender
21Jason HernandezDefender
-Ramiro CorralesDefender
2Justin MorrowDefender
81Marvin ChávezMidfielder
-Rafael BacaMidfielder
4Sam CroninMidfielder
16Steven LenhartStriker
8Chris WondolowskiStriker
24Jed ZaynerDefender
9Khari StephensonMidfielder
-Simon DawkinsStriker
3Ike OparaDefender
24Alan GordonStriker
1David BinghamGoalkeeper
6Shea SalinasMidfielder
Probable Lineups
Josh Saunders 12
Sean Franklin 5
Todd Dunivant 2
Tommy Meyer 21
Omar Gonzalez 4
Juninho 19
David Beckham 32
Mike Magee 9
Marcelo Sarvas 8
Landon Donovan 10
Robbie Keane 7
Jon Busch 18
Steven Beitashour 33
V. Bernárdez 5
Jason Hernandez 21
Ramiro Corrales 0
Justin Morrow 2
Marvin Chávez 81
Rafael Baca 0
Sam Cronin 4
Steven Lenhart 16
Chris Wondolowski 8
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