Zardes’ Pair is the Difference for Galaxy

Gyasi Zardes drops in two in the win over San Jose. (Photo by Duane Barker)

Gyasi Zardes drops in two in the win over San Jose. (Photo by Duane Barker)

By Tim Peterson

(Carson)- Gyasi Zardes scored twice in a six minute span in the second half to break a scoreless tie and the Galaxy went on to beat San Jose 3-1 Saturday night before a sold out crowd of 25, 667 at StubHub Center.Robbie Keane added a late goal in the 90th minute when he rammed in a penalty kick for the final Galaxy goal.

Things didn’t start well for the Galaxy when Steven Gerrard injured his left calf in the fourth minute and was replaced by Baggio Husidic. Then Jelle Van Damme and Nigel de Jong were both issued yellow cards in theĀ  22nd minute.

Jelle Van Damme twists and contorts to try to get his head on a corner kick. (Photo by Duane Barker)

Jelle Van Damme twists and contorts to try to get his head on a corner kick. (Photo by Duane Barker)

Van Damme had an great opportunity but his blast sailed high over the cross bar in the 25th minute. De jong got off a 25 yard shot off of free kick in the 29th minute but was turned away by San Jose Keeper David Bingham.

San Jose’s Andres Imperiale picked up a yellow card of his own for throwing down Keane in the 41st minute.

Bingham made another big save on a shot from the right side by Sebastian Lletget in the 44th minute.

Two minutes of additional time were added in the first half and Simon Dawkins of the Earthquakes was hit with a red card in the 46th minute as a chippy first half came to an end.

The cards continued to be played in the second half when San Jose’s Fatai Alahse was nailed with a yellow in the 52nd minute.

Zardes finally broke the ice as he poked one by Bingham in the front of the net after a header by Van Damme in minute number 56.

Zardes struck again six minutes later when he caught a pass on the run from Mike Magee and rode it home into the back of the net.

Brian Rowe made a nice save off of a header in the 84th minute. Rowe turned away three shots on target overall.

Chris Wondolowski beat Rowe on a break away in the 89th minute to get San Jose on the board, but Keane answered for LA with a penalty kick for a goal in the 90th minute.

The Galaxy improved to 2-1-1 with the win while the Earthquakes fell to 2-3 on the year.

 

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