A Perfect MLS Weekend: LA with a 3-1 win over San Jose

LA dynamic duo of Gaysi Zardes and Captain Robbie Keane led the way in scoring. Zardes has been named to a 26-man roster by U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann in World Cup Qualifying matches.

LOS ANGELES, Calif – In Saturday’s late kickoff, the Los Angeles Galaxy cruise to a 3-1 Superclasico derby victory over the San Jose Earthquakes at Stubhub Center, Carson.
The win extended the Galaxy regular season start at home with a 2-0-0 (win-loss-tie) record at StubHub.

LA dynamic duo of Gaysi Zardes and Captain Robbie Keane led the way in scoring. Zardes scored twice, while Keane added another from the penalty spot.

Zardes scored first and second goals of the season in the second half, in the 56 and 62 minutes. In total, the LA Galaxy Homegrown Player now has 28 goals and 10 assists in 91 career MLS appearances. Gyasi Zardes has been named to a 26-man roster by U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to prepare for the team’s pair of semifinal round World Cup Qualifying matches against Guatemala.

This was Keane’s second goal of the season.

The Earthquakes did not allow the home-side Galaxy to get a shut-out. Instead, they fought back with a late goal from forward Chris Wondolowski on the brink of the end of regulation. This spoiler denied a shut-out to Galaxy ‘keeper’ Brian Rowe with 25,000 fans in attendance.
Bad news for San Jose as midfielder Simon Dawkins was shown a red card, when he committed an aggressive back tackle 45 minutes into the match. The experienced senior Reggae Boyz mainstay was sent off the pitch leaving a disadvantage 10-men San Jose Earthquakes squad.

Dawkins has been called to the Jamaican National Team for World Cup Qualifying matches. Dawkins, 28, joins the team for their two matches against Costa Rica. The contests are held at Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday, March 25 (5 p.m. PT) and Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica on Tuesday, March 29 (7 p.m. PT).

Next up: LA travel to face the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place, Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m. PST. While, San Jose host D.C. United Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. PST.
For more information, visit www.lagalaxy.com.

Scoring Summary:
LA – Gyasi Zardes (Assisted by Mike Magee, Jelle Van Damme) 57’
LA – Gyasi Zardes 62’
SJ – Chris Wondolowski (Assisted by Marvell Wynne) 89’
LA – Robbie Keane (penalty) 90’+1

Misconduct Summary:
LA – Mike Magee (caution) 12’
LA – Jelle Van Damme (caution) 21’
LA – Nigel de Jong (caution) 22’
SJ – Andres Imperiale (caution) 41’
SJ – Simon Dawkins (ejection) 45’
SJ – Fatai Alashe (caution)
SJ – Marvell Wynne (caution) 56’
LA – Alan Gordon (caution) 90’+3

LA Galaxy: Brian Rowe; A.J. DeLaGarza, Daniel Steres, Jelle Van Damme, Robbie Rogers; Mike Magee (Emmanuel Boateng 66’), Nigel de Jong, Steven Gerrard (Baggio Husidic 5’), Gyasi Zardes; Sebastian Lletget (Alan Gordon 83’), Robbie Keane ©.
Substitutions not used: Clement Diop, A.J. DeLaGarza, Dave Romney, Rafael Garcia
San Jose Earthquakes: David Bingham; Victor Bernardez, Marvell Wynne, Andres Imperiale, Kip Colvey, Simon Dawkins, Anibal Godoy, Fatai Alashe (Matias Perez Garcia 71’), Alberto Quintero (Shea Salinas 67’), Quincy Amarikwa (Innocent 77’), Chris Wondolowski.
Substitutions not used: Matheus Silva, Bryan Meredith, Adam Jahn, Tommy Thompson.

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