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MLS Preview: LA Galaxy - San Jose Earthquakes

MLS Preview: LA Galaxy - San Jose Earthquakes

Otto Greule Jr

The California Clasico has added spice, with one team aiming for the Supporters' Shield and the other desperate for playoff points.

Could LA's main man celebrate a new contract in style?

Galaxy star Landon Donovan inked a new deal this week that reportedly could make him the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer next season, and the Galaxy, on a three-game winning streak in all competitions, will hope he can maintain his recent good form as they try and close the gap at the top against the struggling Earthquakes.

The second-place Galaxy (12-9-4) are on 40 points, five back of conference and league-leading Real Salt Lake but with two games in hand. San Jose (9-10-7) is back in eighth, three points out of the playoff spots, but the 'Quakes have more games than most teams at this point and have just eight games left in their campaign.

The teams have already had one memorable match this season. LA went up 2-0, but San Jose thundered back to win 3-2, with Shea Salinas and Alan Gordon netting in extra time to add another chapter to this evolving rivalry

All-time, the California sides are evenly split with 15 wins apiece, and 10 draws.

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18J. PenedoGoalkeeper
2Todd DunivantDefender
4Omar GonzalezDefender
5Sean FranklinDefender
22LeonardoDefender
20A.J. DeLaGarzaDefender
8Marcelo Sarvas Striker
19JuninhoMidfielder
7Robbie KeaneStriker
11Gyasi ZardesStriker
10Landon DonovanStriker
12Brian RoweGoalkeeper
21Tommy MeyerDefender
12Hector JimenezMidfielder
25Pablo MastroeniMidfielder
-Michael StephensMidfielder
32Jack McBeanStriker
33Jose VillarrealStriker
18Jon BuschGoalkeeper
21Jason HernandezDefender
5Jordan StewartMidfielder
33Steven BeitashourDefender
44C. GoodsonDefender
4Sam CroninMidfielder
18Marvin ChávezMidfielder
7Cordell CatoStriker
8Chris WondolowskiStriker
16Steven LenhartStriker
24Alan GordonStriker
-David BinghamGoalkeeper
33Dan GarganDefender
-Ramiro CorralesDefender
-Jaime AlasMidfielder
6Shea SalinasMidfielder
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14Adam JahnStriker

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