In the second Cali Clasico of the season, the LA Galaxy stormed out to take a big lead in the first half. However, the San Jose Earthquakes came back to draw 3-3 at Stanford Stadium.
“We’ve just got to make sure we’re better with the ball and don’t put our defense in jeopardy by turning the ball over at bad times,” Schmid said.
Sigi Schmid opted for Romain Alessandrini in behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with Chris Pontius on the right side of the pitch. Bradford Jamieson IV, meanwhile, got the starting nod on the opposite flank.
Ibrahimovic Dazzles in First Half
Ibrahimovic spent the World Cup break in Russia, because of a prior obligation. His time over a plethora of time zones did not seem to affect the Swede striker whatsoever.
San Jose failed to clear their lines and Chris Pontius headed the clearance into space on the right. Ibrahimovic took the shot on the half volley, 59 seconds into the match, and rocketed his effort past a helpless Andrew Tarbell to open the scoring. Schmid could not have scripted a better start than the one he was given.
LA’s lead, however, lasted just 14 minutes. Magnus Eriksson cut inside from the left towards the penalty area and Bradford Jamieson IV stuck his foot out. A penalty was awarded right away. Former USMNT striker Chris Wondolowski stepped up to the spot, but had his kick saved by David Bingham. However, Wondolowski pounced on the rebound and leveled the match at one.
The third goal of the match was scored in the 20th minute. Alessandrini stood over the ball on the right side of the box from 20 yards away. He curled his free kick towards the near post, with pace, and beat Tarbell with some ease. The Frenchman marked his return to the starting lineup, having not played since June 2nd, in stunning fashion.
This enthralling match kept giving and giving. Five minutes later, the Galaxy added to their lead, as Ibrahimovic completed his brace. Ibrahimovic stood over a free kick from quite a long ways out. The striker stormed up to take the shot, it got through the traffic in front, and beat Tarbell at the near post.
San Jose Finds a Way Back
San Jose, credit to them, didn’t cave after allowing that third goal. Instead, got themselves back into this match seven minutes from halftime. Vako Qazaishvili won possession near the middle of the pitch and breezed by a couple of Galaxy defenders. He smashed his right-footed attempt from the edge of the box to make it 3-2.
The Galaxy would have felt as if they should have won this match on Saturday. They gave away a second penalty in the 68th minute through Michael Ciani. Once again, Wondolowski stepped up, but this time, he smashed a shot with power to level the match at three.
Ibrahimovic said after the match, “Too many mistakes. It’s all about organization and the focus and the confidence, obviously. The team that does the most mistakes is often the team that loses the game.”
The Swedish striker went on to talk about how three goals should be enough to win any game.
The LA Galaxy play their annual 4th of July match this Wednesday night at the StubHub Center. They will welcome in D.C. United, with kick off set for 7:30 PM.