The Quakes take on their So-Cal rivals tonight at Stanford Stadium in the Cali Clasico. The L.A. Galaxy won the first match of the season on a lopsided 4-2 scoreline at Avaya Stadium.
Both sides will be playing with depleted lineups. The Quakes will be without three starters: Nick Lima due to a red card, Marco Urena and Darwin Ceren due to international call-ups. Fatai Alashe is still rehabbing from knee surgery while Flo Jungwirth and Simon Dawkins are both questionable.
The Galaxy will be missing Nathan Smith due to Disciplinary Committee action. Gio dos Santos and Gyassi Zardes are also missing due to international duty. Like the Quakes, L.A. will be missing more than a few regular starters due to injury, including Robbie Rogers, Sebastian Lletget, and Baggio Husidic. Regular ‘keeper Brian Rowe and Jermaine Jones are questionable, and not expected to play.
The Galaxy have had the Quakes’ number for the past several games, boasting a 3-1-2 record against San Jose over the previous six league games. A win would vault the Galaxy over the Quakes for fifth overall the West.
The Galaxy will probably start the same lineup and similar formation that brought them success last month with a few substitutions. Clement Diop in goal with a back-line of Bradley Diallo, Dave Romney, Quake-killer Jelle Van Damme, and Ashley Cole. (The Quakes could attack Diallo on L.A.’s right as he’s listed as questionable, but due to Nathan Smith’s suspension, will probably start). The Galaxy will probably start five midfielders due to the absence of their two starting forwards. Expect defensive mids Joao Pedro and Rafa Garcia to play behind Emmanuel Boateng, DP Alessandrini and Bradford Jamieson. Jack McBean should start as the Galaxy’s lone forward.
The Quakes will roll with whatever starters they can muster. Before his departure, Kinnear was experimenting with the Chelsea 3-5-2, a formation that brought the team success against Seattle on Wednesday in the U.S. Open Cup. However, with so many missing players, don’t expect it. Newly-appointed head coach Chris Leitch will probably run with four defenders since defensive mids Fatai Alashe and Darwin Ceren are out. Center-back Florian Jungwirth is eager to play and says he’s ready, although he’s still coming off injury while back-up Andres Imperiale has been making a case for the role. Expect Bingham to start in goal with possibly Cato, Jungwirth, Bernardez, and Jungwirth on the backline. In the midfield, the Quakes may try the diamond with Anibal Godoy as the six, Jahmir Hyka and Jackson Yueill on the wings, with Tommy Thompson as the CAM to set up forwards Danny Hoesen and Chris Wondolowski.
Final Score Predictions
The Galaxy are missing two key pieces of their offense in dos Santos and Zardes, so goals may be sparse for the visitors. The Quakes’ defense should hold the Galaxy to no more than one goal as long as Alessandrini is contained while the Quakes could take advantage of missing Galaxy defenders to score a pair of their own. 2-0 Quakes, with goals by Chris Wondolowski and Danny Hoesen.