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Earthquakes beat LA Galaxy 1-0 in Geovanni’s debut – postgame VIDEO

Earthquakes improve playoff positioning with a win over rival LA Galaxy 1-0 in Geovanni’s MLS debut

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 in front of a record crowd of 10,799 at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Chris Wondolowski scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season in the fourth minute from a tight angle. Bobby Convey picked up his team-leading ninth assist, and Arturo Alvarez also recorded an assist on the play. San Jose won 1-0 at home for the second consecutive week, after defeating Kansas City 1-0 last Saturday thanks to another Wondolowski tally.

Newly signed Quakes designated player Geovanni made his debut as a substitute in the 72nd minute, coming on for Cornell Glen. San Jose travels to Red Bull Arena next week to take on the New York Red Bulls at 4:30 p.m. PT. The game will air live on 1220 KDOW and the MLS Direct Kick Package.

For a full recap, log on to www.sjearthquakes.com

San Jose Earthquakes (8-6-5) vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (13-4-4)

Aug. 21, 2010 – Buck Shaw Stadium

Attendance: 10,799

Scoring Summary: SJ – Chris Wondolowski (Bobby Convey, Arturo Alvarez) 4.

Misconduct Summary: SJ – Omar Gonzalez (caution) 48; SJ – Arturo Alvarez (caution) 54.

San Jose Earthquakes – Jon Busch, Bobby Convey, Brandon McDonald, Bobby Burling, Tim Ward, Joey, Sam Cronin, Khari Stephenson, Arturo Alvarez (Ryan Johnson 77), Chris Wondolowski, Cornell Glen (Geovanni 72).

Statistics: Shots: 15; Shots on Goal: 5; Fouls: 15; Offsides: 3; Corners: 1.

Los Angeles Galaxy – Donovan Ricketts, Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Leonardo, A.J. De La Garza (Bryan Jordan 77), Michael Stephens (Alex Cazumba 67), Chris Birchall, Juninho, Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle, Mike Magee (Eddie Lewis 59).

Statistics: Shots: 18; Shots on Goal: 8; Fouls: 11; Offsides: 5; Corners: 11.



On the result:

“I’m very happy. Obviously L.A. had chances to score, and to get a clean sheet against a team like that shows the character in our dressing room right now. We’ve had two clean sheets in a row at home. We got the one goal, probably could have had a couple more, but I’m very happy not only for our players, but the fans that follow us and for the club. It’s a good position to be in and it’s in our hands to see where we go from here.”
On the performance of goalkeeper Jon Busch:

“Jon had a great game. We brought him in to make sure we were going to be solid in that position and it proved today that it was great move for us. You know Joe (Cannon) broke his ankle earlier in the week and he would have played in the game, he played very well against Kansas City, but we have a good goalkeeper in Jon and I thought he was outstanding today, outstanding.”


On two straight home wins:

“It was huge, obviously, and (the Los Angeles Galaxy) are a quality team. We know we played them well last time and we were unfortunate not to win last game. We believe in this locker room. Regardless if we play great or we don’t play great, we believe we’re in every game and we have a chance to pick up points in every game. We got our goal from (Chris) Wondolowski again and the other guys in front of me did a tremendous job and we came away with three (points) tonight.”                                             

On his shutout performance:

“That’s what I get paid to do. I get paid to catch crosses and save shots. (In the) second half especially I was a little busier than normal but it’s fun. For me it’s fun, it’s a challenge. I love being busy. I’d rather have that than stand there and count the fans in the stands because that’s a little boring.”


On his game-winning goal:

“I try to pride myself on being opportunistic, try to make the best runs I can. Bobby Convey played a great ball in, Cornell (Glen) battled for it, and they had a little miscommunication in the back. I just continued my run and (was) able to pick up the pieces at the end of it.”

On the performance of the defense:

“We really pride ourselves on that. Like I said, team defending starts up front but I thought our midfield and our backs did a great job. Jon (Busch) had a great game. That one save on (Landon) Donovan, if that’s not the save of the week there must be some amazing save somewhere else because that was something else. He’s a great goalkeeper. Hands up to all of our great defenders back there. They’ve been playing really well and just getting the job done.”


On his debut:

“I am very happy to be here in San Jose and I was glad to make my debut today. I appreciate the support from the fans and the club today and this week. The important thing is that the team got a big win and three important points. We are looking forward to next week, and hopefully the team can get another good result.”

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