Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The San Jose Earthquakes defenders kept the LA Galaxy from exploiting their advantage in ball possession to force a 2-2 draw Friday at StubHub Center.
The Galaxy (9-4-7) enjoyed a 72.5 percent advantage in the first half, created nearly a dozen good first-half chances, and outshot the Quakes, 10-2.
But it was the Quakes (6-8-6) who took a 2-1 lead at the half.
Chris Wondolowski netted a goal in the 18th minute to put the Quakes up 1-0.
Then Quakes defender Jason Hernandez made four huge blocks in the first 23 minutes, including successive attempts by Galaxy’s Robbie Rogers and Robbie Keane in the 23rd minute.
Gyasi Zardes tied the game with a right-footed shot in the 29th minute after an attempt by Keane was blocked. Landon Donovan assisted on the tally.
A giveaway at midfield allowed Wondolowski to send the ball to the rushing Attiba Harris who set up Matias Perez Garcia for a Quakes goal in the 31st minute.
The Galaxy continued to dominate possession in the second half with 69.8 percent and finished with a 24-3 shot advantage.
But L.A. only managed to tie the game, which came in the 49th minute following a corner kick by Omar González.