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Earthquakes suffer first home loss of season, drop Cali Clasico to Galaxy

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Earthquakes suffer first home loss of season, drop Cali Clasico to Galaxy

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SAN JOSE -- Cali Clasico fans have come to expect fireworks on the pitch every time the San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles Galaxy face off in one of Major League Soccer’s best rivalries.

And the first affair of 2017 was no exception. Five goals in the first half got the match off to a roaring start but, much to the chagrin of San Jose fans, L.A. handed the Earthquakes their first Avaya Stadium loss of the season with a 4-2 final.

Giovani Dos Santos notched a pair of goals including the backbreaking tally 20 minutes into the second half.

Chris Wondolowski got the first half flurry going with an easy-money strike on a volley after a perfect backpost cross from Danny Hoesen in the 10th minute.

Saturday’s match was Hoesen’s best performance of the season, by far.

Los Angeles equalized nine minutes later when Joao Pedro took advantage of a sneaky ball between two defenders from Dos Santos. The Brazilian turned and struck the ball true to beat David Bingham.

It was the first sign of the San Jose nightmare that is the Mexican national.

The Galaxy took their first lead of the match in the 35th minute when Dos Santos finished a penalty kick earned after Kofi Sarkodie clothelined Bradley Diallo in the box.

But two minutes later, it was Hoesen getting off the proverbial schneid by notching his first goal as an Earthquake. It was a classy finish off a low cross inside the box from Tommy Thompson, who picked up his second assist of the season on the play.  

Disaster struck one minute before halftime though, when a diving Victor Bernardez deflected a Diallo cross after the defender found himself back in the San Jose 18. The ball beat a shocked Bingham.

San Jose came out aggressive in the second half and Los Angeles made them pay on the counterattack to put the game away. Romain Alessandrini raced down the left flank, took a look up and struck gold on a left-footed cross to Dos Santos on the back post that could not have been hand-placed any better. Dos Santos arrived perfectly to head the ball past Bingham.

The loss moved San Jose’s home record to 3-1-3.

Turning point: The final marker gave L.A. a two-goal win, but any momentum San Jose had after Hoesen equalized evaporated on the Bernardez own goal. Not only did the goal somewhat deflate the home team, but put San Jose in the position of aggressor – and it’s a position the Galaxy exploited to score the fourth goal.

San Jose’s Man of the Match: The pressure has been on Hoesen since the forward arrived on loan from the Netherlands. In 12 previous games, the man from Heerlen only had one assist to show for his efforts. On Saturday, Hoesen assisted on the first goal with a world-class cross and picked up his first goal of the season on an equally exquisite finish.

History watch: Wondolowski’s first half strike was his eighth goal against the Los Angeles side and 127th all-time in MLS. He is now just six behind Jaime Moreno, who sits third on the MLS’ all-time list.

Attendance: As expected, the San Jose Earthquakes announced a sell out for the marquee match on their schedule.

Up next: The Earthquakes head north to take on the Portland Timbers. The June 2nd matchup is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start. 

Wondolowski makes history, Earthquakes earn first win in two months

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Wondolowski makes history, Earthquakes earn first win in two months

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Chris Wondolowski came on in the 55th minute and collected a goal and an assist to help that San Jose Earthquakes beat Minnesota United 3-1 on Saturday.

It was Wondolowski's 132nd goal for the Earthquakes, most in MLS history for a single franchise.

San Jose (2-5-2), which has conceded a goal in 14 consecutive matches, snapped a seven-game winless streak.

Danny Hoesen gave the Earthquakes a 2-1 lead in the 69th minute. Wondolowski, just inside the goal line, wrapped a cross around defender Francisco Calvo to Hoesen, who one-timed a volley from point-blank range.

Minnesota's Magnus Eriksson converted from the spot after he drew a foul in the area by Jerome Thiesson in the opening seconds.

Christian Ramirez stole a sloppy pass from San Jose's Shea Salinas and sent a shot over the outstretched arm of a leaping Andrew Tarbell to make it 1-1 in the 26th minute.

Wondolowski scored on a penalty kick in the 78th after Calvo was called for a hand ball in the area while sliding to block a shot by Hoesen.

Minnesota (4-7-0) lost at home for just the second time since August 5, 2017.

Road woes continue for Quakes, fall to Crew

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Road woes continue for Quakes, fall to Crew

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mike Grella scored in the 84th minute and the Columbus Crew snapped a four-game winless streak with a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

Pedro Santos’ cross skirted past San Jose’s Magnus Eriksson and connected with Grella, who cut it back and slotted one home inside the near post. Grella entered as a substitute in the 65th minute.

Harrison Afful opened the scoring for the Crew (4-3-2) in the 28th minute with a right-footed shot into the top left corner.

Danny Hoesen headed home Florian Jungwirth’s deep cross to tie it at 1-all for the Quakes (1-4-2) in the 45th minute.

San Jose defender Yefferson Quintana left the game in the eighth minute with an apparent lower leg injury.

The Quakes extended their winless streak to six games.