Our prediction for this MLS match:
Dignity Health Sports Park will host Sunday’s football game between Los Angeles Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes, the two top-table sides. LA Galaxy experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Portland Timbers, but given their excellent home record, the bookies see Greg Vanney’s troops as hot favourites to win Sunday’s clash. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Mexico international Javier Hernandez Chicharito, who has netted seven goals in the 2021 MLS campaign.
Midfielder Samuel Grandsir is likely to miss the game through injury, while defender Derrick Williams is out of contention through suspension. San Jose, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form, with the team losing each of their previous three league fixtures. Considering that the visitors have been struggling at the back of late, we are tempted to put our money on Chicharito and Co.
Highlighted Player (Jonathan dos Santos):
While playing at a youth tournament in France, Jonathan Dos Santos was spotted by FC Barcelona scouts, who were delighted with what they saw. The Barca chiefs decided to bring Jonathan and his brother Giovani to La Masia, with both passing the trial.
The Mexican midfielder, who was born in Monterrey on April 26, 1990, scored 6 goals in 81 appearances for Barcelona B from 2009 to 2012, but he played no more than 14 games for the senior team in the Spanish top flight. On July 9, 2014 Jonathan dos Santos moved to Villareal and he scored his first La Liga goal in December against Deportivo La Coruna.
The Mexico international played an important role at Villarreal until 2017 when he decided to sign a contract with MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy. The biggest success of his career, though, is winning the UEFA Champions League title in the 2010/2011 season with Barca. Unlike his brother, Jonathan’s preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (San Jose Earthquakes):
San Jose Earthquakes are members of the Western Conference of Major League Soccer. The Quakes have been participating in the league since 1996 and they won their first MLS Cup trophy in 2001. Back then San Jose outplayed star-studded Los Angeles Galaxy in the title game, but it has to be noted that they scored the winner in the extra time.
Two years later the Quakes managed to repeat the success, with the team beating Chicago Fire in the 2003 MLS Cup final. Avaya Stadium is the home ground of San Jose Earthquakes and the capacity of the venue is 18.000. The construction of the stadium cost no less than $100 million and the venue was opened in March, 2015. The club’s home colors are blue and black, whilst the Quakes wear white and red shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels.
Chris Wondolowski is the club’s biggest star and he has been playing for San Jose Earthquakes since 2009. The USA ace has 121 league goals on his account ahead of the start of the 2017 season.