San Jose Earthquakes hosted Los Angeles Galaxy at the Stanford Stadium weeks back and the fans were surely treated to an enthralling game. Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic grabbed a brace but Chris Wondolowskireturned the favourin as many times. Roman Alessandriniand ValeriQazaishvili were also on the score sheet.
Ibrahimovic scored in the very first minute of the game. Chris Pontius sent in a cross and Ibra hit a nice volley that Earthquakes keeper Andrew Tarbell could not stop. In the 15th minute, Wondolowskiscored the equalizer. He played a penalty kick but Galaxy keeper David Bingham saved it but the player netted the rebound. Alessandrini restored Galaxy’s lead in the 20th minute with a well-taken free kick. Ibra made it 3-1, beating Tarbell again but then Qazaishvilipulled one back before the halftime. Wondolowski went closer to Donovan’s record with the equalizer in the 69th minute.
After the enthralling game, they were forced to play a 2-2 draw at home against DC United. Ibra scored in the fifth minute and Pontius made it two. However, they lost their advantage againZoltanStieber and Darren Mattocks ensured both sides shared the spoils from the game.
It seemed the team learnt their lessons against Columbus Crew as they ran out 4-0 winners at home courtesy of goals from Ola Kamara, Ibrahimovic, and a brace from Alessandrini.
The team showed sheer resilience when they netted twice in stoppage time to win New England Revs 3-2. Both sides were down to ten men but that added to the excitement. DiegoFagundez scored in the first 30 minutes and Pontius pulled back. LuisCaicedo made it 2, forcing David Romney and Pontius to dig deep in stoppage time for the winner in the absence of Ibrahimovic.