David Bingham takes on his former club for the first time Friday night at StubHub Center.
The 28-year-old was with the San Jose Earthquakes between 2011-2017, but the pair parted ways this past December. The deal the Earthquakes struck was $200,000 in General Allocation & Targeted Allocation Money.
David Bingham ready to face San Jose
“Yeah I think the general answer you guys get is usually no, which is kind of cliche,” Bingham said.
“But i think there always is something you want to prove or however you want to say it, love all the guys, still talk to all of them but on Friday when its game time, I’m probably going to hate them all so it will be an interesting game, it’s going to be a lot of fun and we’re going to be ready for it.”
He continued talking about his former teammates, “The feelings were never towards the guys and they know that. But at the end of the day, we want to win and they’re our rival and we want to keep them at the bottom of the table where we feel they need to be.”
Confidence Growing Following Clean Sheet
The Galaxy starting goalkeeper has been performing better as of late. Against Montreal, Bingham made four big saves to keep the score 0-0 before Ola Kamara scored. In the 78th minute, the big man stopped one more shot to preserve his clean sheet. He will look to keep that momentum going when the Earthquakes come to town.
Let’s take a closer look at a few of those saves Bingham made.
Ignacio Piatti danced through the Galaxy defense inside the box, but had a tough angle to shoot at. Bingham came off his line to close down even more and made a good stop early in the contest. LA have given up the first goal quite a number of times this season and making that save was huge.
The Castro Valley native had to stand tall to block the near post.
This save in the 54th minute was perhaps his most impressive. Bingham saw the ball float towards the far post and he made sure to be in the right position.
A few seconds later, he was called into action again. it looked as if a the ball was sailing into the top right corner. But there was Bingham, quick and agile enough to push the ball over the top of the bar.
A big task he and his teammates are aiming for is making the StubHub Center a fortress again. So far this season, the Galaxy have managed two wins at home. If LA wants to make it back to the playoffs, they will need to pick up more points at home.