(East Los Angeles, CA) September 16, 2020 [From The Editor’s Desk]: The L.A. Galaxy woke up to being on the road to encounter the San José Earthquakes in another edition of the Cali Clásico on Sunday night, 9/13. They played hard as always, but had trouble finding the back of the goal netting, and returned home with a (0-0) tied match for their efforts. This ended their 4 game win streak. To say the least, it was quite a physical challenge for both squads due to the very bad air quality, resulting from the California wildfires in the region. With the tie, the team now owns a regular season record that’s good enough for 6th place in the current MLS standings.
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Even with the greatly expected return of their franchise player, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez to the line-up in the 57th minute of play, things just seemed to move right along in the Galaxy’s rhythm of the match. Much to the their credit, they have remained unbeaten in their past (6) games, while the Quakes have surrendered (7) goals in their last 2 matches.
Closest play to a goal for the Galaxy came at the 42nd minute when the East L.A. protegé and midfielder, 18 year-old, Efrain Alvarez, let loose with a strong left-footed blast just to the right side of the box, from 25 yards out. It looked to have beaten goalie, Daniel Vega, with his bounding, ground-level shot attempt, but lo and behold, the shot barely missed, hit the goal post and ricocheted away. The only other Galaxy scoring threat came in the 75th minute when Sebastian Lletget almost scored on a near-post header that was diverted just in time, again by Quakes goalie, Daniel Vega.
In closing the recap of the match, other than the Quakes first shot on goal of the match at the 39th minute, they remained a bit more flatter and passive for most of the match, as evidenced by the final statistical comparison of shots on goal…Galaxy with (11), and the Quakes, with (7). The Quakes final attempt at earning themselves the win came at the 89th minute when Andy Rios aimed his shot of a sweeping cross he gathered in from his left back, Marcos Lopez. It looked like a goal, but upon further video review, the Quakes were called for off-sides, denying them the badly needed victory. Match Over!!
Next Up: The Galaxy, with (10) matches played, possess a (4-3-3) record with 15 points, will play the Colorado Rapids, currently in 10th place in the Western Conference, at home on Saturday, 9/19, 7:30 pm/PST. Fans can watch it on MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in the U.S. and on DAZN in Canada. Can also be seen on Local TV: Altitude, Spectrum SportsNet.