(Carson) – A tie is usually equated to kissing your sister, but for the Galaxy Friday night it was much worse than that. It was more like winning the lottery but losing the ticket on the way to collect.
They dominated the game from beginning to end but came away with only a 2-2 tie with the San Jose Earthquakes before over 19,000 at the StubHub Center.
If it wasn’t for an Omar Gonzalez goal early in the second half the Galaxy could have been saddled with a loss.
They controlled the ball for over 70 percent of the contest including 72.5 per in the first half. They outshot the Quakes 24-3 in the match and 10-2 in the first half. San Jose had only three real shots on goal yet two of them found the net.
“We had the chance to score a bunch of goals and didn’t get that done and conceded way too many,” said Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena.
Chris Wondolowski, who played for the U.S in the World Cup, got San Jose on the board first when he beat Galaxy goaltender Jaime Penedo from the left side in the 18th minute. Gyasi Zardes got LA even in the 29th minute when he pounced on a rebound of a Robbie Keane blocked shot and booted it past San Jose’s Jon Busch.
The Quakes wasted no time in regaining the advantage. Matias Perez Garcia took a pass from Wondolowski and shot it at Penedo, who got a piece of it but not enough to stop it from settling into the net for a 2-1 San Jose lead in the 31st minute. It remained 2-1 at the break.
Gonzalez broke through in the fourth minute of the second half when he headed one in for the score to even it up. Neither team scored the rest of the way.
The Galaxy continued to spend the evening in the Earthquakes end but couldn’t break the deadlock. Five additional minutes were added after regulation but still nothing was settled.
It was the seventh tie of the year for the Galaxy (9-4-7) while San Jose moved to 6-8-6.