By Michelle Huitink // @mchuitink
June 30, 2018
Starting XI: David Bingham; Dave Romney, Michael Ciani, Jorgen Skjelvik; Ashley Cole (c); Chris Pontius, Perry Kitchen, Joao Pedro, Bradford Jamieson IV, Romain Alessandrini; Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Bench: Justin Vom Steeg, Daniel Steres, Sheanon Williams, Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Baggio Husidic, Ariel Lassiter.
Most of the LA Galaxy’s regular players were out injured. The Dos Santos brothers are still away on World Cup duty in Russia, though Giovani Dos Santos was the only one who’s seen any minutes on the pitch there.
CaliClasico kicked off full throttle at Stanford. Just in the first half, five goals had been scored.
The Galaxy’s fire started when Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored not even one minute into the match.
Then, a penalty was given to San Jose. Chris Wondolowski took it and missed initially, then scored on the rebound save from David Bingham.
Romain Alessandrini scored in the 20th minute over the wall on a free kick.
Then, Ibrahimovic scored again in the 25th minute on a ball that went all the way through to the back of the net.
Fifteen minutes later, the Quake’s Valeri Qazaishvili pulled one back and the game was set at 3-2 by the end of the first half.
The Galaxy almost had it, then were careless near and in the box.
Another penalty was given to San Jose and Wondolowski didn’t miss that one in the 69th minute.
The match ended in a 3-3 draw. Both teams played equally poorly. They gave up too many goals and fouls.
The Galaxy’s Bradford Jamieson IV did not look as good as he did during the U.S. Open Cup debut match. He committed a foul in the box that took down SJ’s Magnus Eriksson resulting in the first penalty.
The Galaxy dropped 2 points on the road. I say that because they gave up two penalties and they had the lead and then dropped it.
It’s time to move on now as LA have two home games this week. July 4th and July 7th. Both have 7pm kick-off times.
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