When it comes to the Cali Clasico, you can expect to see a little bit of everything. Wednesday’s rendition didn’t supply anything less.
After five goals, seven yellow cards and 90 minutes of regulation at PayPal Park, the new-look Galaxy edged out their rivals, 3-2, placing them back in the MLS Playoff picture heading into the final stretch.
Tyler Boyd got the night started after stepping inside the box and placing the ball in the far corner of the net to put the Galaxy ahead 1-0 in the 16th.
Shortly after, two Galaxy mistakes, which happened two minutes apart from each other would flip the script before the half.
First it was a set piece that led to a Lucas Calgari own goal that equalized the game in the 29th, followed by Jeremy Ebobise’s goal in the 31st which made the score 2-1 in favor of San Jose.
The Galaxy entered the locker room appearing to be rattled, but their captain would take matters into his own hands.
Scoring his second goal in as many games, Galaxy captain Riqui Puig took the ball from midfield, sliced through the Earthquakes’ backline and did the rest himself before netting the equalizer to start the second half.
Later in the second half, Raheem Edwards was fouled in the box and LA was rewarded a penalty kick.
Dejan Joveljic stepped up to the spot and converted for his third goal of the season to put LA ahead 3-2, as the Galaxy look to ignite the club’s no. 9 during the push for a spot in the postseason.
The Galaxy would manage to hold on and earn an important three points, giving LA 28 points on the year and puts the team five out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference standings.
Next, the Galaxy will host Houston Dynamo, who have won their last three matches, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Dignity Health Sports Park.