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San Jose’s own goal gives Galaxy 4th straight home win

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A mistake from San Jose Earthquakes defender Tanner Beason gave the host LA Galaxy a victory Saturday in Carson, California, 1-0.

The own goal from Beason was the difference, along with 12 saves from Galaxy goalkeeper Jonathan Bond, who time after time turned away the Earthquakes.

The Galaxy (5-2-0, 15 points) improved to 4-0 at Dignity Health Sports Park this season, while San Jose (3-5-0, 9 points) lost its fourth straight match overall.

The two teams played to a scoreless draw in the first half, with MLS goals leader Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez missing a couple of shots on target for Los Angeles. However, the Galaxy picked it up offensively in the early moments of the second half.

Hernandez’s header from the box, aimed at the middle of the goal, was saved in the 47th minute. Three minutes later, Efrain Alvarez had space in the box, but his shot with his left foot was high and wide.

Then the Galaxy lost captain Jonathan dos Santos, who was to join Mexico’s national team for CONCACAF Nations League matches next week after playing on Saturday. dos Santos had to leave the game with a foot injury in the 53rd minute.

The Earthquakes also picked things up on offense in the second half. Shea Salinas and Chris Wondolowski, a pair of substitutes for San Jose in the 62nd minute, each had a shot on goal stopped by Bond.

The own goal happened in the 70th minute, with the Galaxy’s Samuel Grandsir making a run to the side of the net before crossing. San Jose goalie JT Marcinkowski was in position to stop the ball, but Beason, in an effort to clear it out of bounds, deflected the ball into the net.

San Jose still had time to equalize, but Bond was up to the challenge. He kept Andy Rios from scoring in the 79th minute, then blocked a shot from Salinas followed by the rebound attempt by Judson in the 83rd minute.

–Field Level Media

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