Clasicos come and go, but LA Galaxy and San Jose’s rivalry is one of the best. These two teams give everything they have when they meet each other on the field. LA has had a few weeks off from league play, and they return to action tonight against their California Clasico rivals, San Jose. The Quakes have been unimpressive this season, and their past two games have been losses.
June 27th was the last time these two teams met during the MLS Season, and San Jose came away with a 3-1 victory. (Oddly enough, that was San Jose’s last win.) LA haven’t had the best luck during the Cali Clasico, they’ve won just one out of the past 11 games. With the game being played at the Stub Hub Center, LA has an obvious advantage. They have scored 14 goals in their last three MLS games on their home field. But, the last two Clasicos on LA’s home field have ended in a 2-2 draw.
After what feels like weeks and weeks of Gerrard hype, the man himself is finally making his ‘MLS’ game debut. Even though he’s already played with LA three times, he hasn’t played an actual MLS game. Things always heat up when LA and San Jose meet, and there’s no better way for Gerrard to make his league debut than during a Clasico. I expect him to make plenty of offensive plays and come firing on all cylinders. By now he’s starting to get the hang of the team’s pace, so I expect him to make plenty of positive plays.
Though Gerrard will be on the pitch, there are some notable absences for both sides. Jaime Penedo (LA), Omar Gonzalez (LA), Gyasi Zardes (LA), Alan Gordon (LA), Chris Wondolowski (SJ) and Cordell Cato (SJ) are all are away on International Duty for the Gold Cup. With Wondo being San Jose’s top scorer, they’ll have to rely on their other forwards to step up on a big night. With Zardes and Gordon gone, Lletget and Keane will have to step up… but let’s be real. They’ve been playing awesome together lately, and when you add in Gerrard? That’s taking the game to a whole other level.
With a win, LA would be just one point behind Supporters Shield leaders DC United and they’ll be in first place in the West (for at least a few hours)…
Tonight’s Clasico isn’t the last one of the season; both teams will meet up again on August 28th.