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November 7, 2012 11:00 PM EST
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MLS Preview: San Jose Earthquakes - LA Galaxy

The fifth California Clasico of the season will determine which side advances to the Western Conference final.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Landon Donovan, Victor Bernardez, Los Angeles Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes, MLS
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San Jose Earthquakes (4-3-3): Busch; Beitashour, Bernardez, Hernandez, Morrow; Chavez, Baca, Cronin, Dawkins; 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)

PROBABLE: MF Cesar Diaz Pizarro (R groin strain); FW Alan Gordon (R ankle sprain)
LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Saunders; Franklin, Meyer, Gonzalez, Dunivant; Wilhelmsson, Beckham, Juninho, Magee; Donovan, Keane.


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 won the first leg, 1-0, in the Home Depot Center.
  • Victor Bernardez scored in the 94th minute. The Earthquakes have now scored 10 goals in stoppage time this season, an MLS record, six of them winners.
  • In the playoffs, the California rivals are tied at four wins apiece (and one draw). In the league this year, San Jose won twice and drew once.
  • The Galaxy have come back from first-leg playoff defeats twice in their history: against San Jose in 1996 and versus the Colorado Rapids in 2004.
  • Los Angeles won the Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup in 2011. San Jose has already usurped the Shield this year.

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Reader's Predictions
Top 3 Predictions
Head to Head
USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Oct 20, 2013 Los Angeles Galaxy 0 - San Jose Earthquakes 0
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Aug 31, 2013 Los Angeles Galaxy 3 - San Jose Earthquakes 0
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Jun 29, 2013 San Jose Earthquakes 3 - Los Angeles Galaxy 2
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Nov 7, 2012 San Jose Earthquakes 1 - Los Angeles Galaxy 3
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Nov 4, 2012 Los Angeles Galaxy 0 - San Jose Earthquakes 1
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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
18Jon BuschGoalkeeper
21Jason HernandezDefender
5V. BernárdezDefender
33Steven BeitashourDefender
2Justin MorrowDefender
81Marvin ChávezMidfielder
4Sam CroninMidfielder
-Rafael BacaMidfielder
8Chris WondolowskiStriker
-Simon DawkinsStriker
16Steven LenhartStriker
6Shea SalinasMidfielder
24Alan GordonStriker
1David BinghamGoalkeeper
3Ike OparaDefender
9Khari StephensonMidfielder
-Ramiro CorralesDefender
24Jed ZaynerDefender
12Josh SaundersGoalkeeper
2Todd DunivantDefender
5Sean FranklinDefender
4Omar GonzalezDefender
21Tommy MeyerDefender
32David BeckhamMidfielder
9Mike MageeMidfielder
10Landon DonovanStriker
9Edson BuddleStriker
7Robbie KeaneStriker
1Brian PerkGoalkeeper
-Bryan GaulDefender
27Andrew BoyensDefender
-Michael StephensMidfielder
9Christian WilhelmssonMidfielder
8Marcelo Sarvas Striker
33Jose VillarrealStriker
Players to Watch
Chris Wondolowski
Chris Wondolowski
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
4 3 0 0
David Beckham
David Beckham
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 32
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Probable Lineups
Jon Busch 18
Jason Hernandez 21
V. Bernárdez 5
Steven Beitashour 33
Justin Morrow 2
Marvin Chávez 81
Sam Cronin 4
Rafael Baca 0
Chris Wondolowski 8
Simon Dawkins 0
Steven Lenhart 16
Josh Saunders 12
Todd Dunivant 2
Sean Franklin 5
Omar Gonzalez 4
Tommy Meyer 21
David Beckham 32
Juninho 19
Mike Magee 9
Landon Donovan 10
Edson Buddle 9
Robbie Keane 7
Editor's Prediction
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
3 2