Our prediction for this MLS match:
All eyes will be on PayPal Park when San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles Galaxy face each other in a highly-anticipated MLS game. San Jose are not enjoying a season to remember, with the team being stuck at the bottom ahead of the visit of Los Angeles Galaxy, but Sunday’s clash could be the turning point for the home side. All Niko Tsakiris, Siad Haji, Gilbert Fuentes, and George Asomani are out of contention through injuries, but there are no suspended footballers in the home team.
LA Galaxy, on the other hand, should be happy with Dejan Joveljic’s form, with the former Crvena Zvezda attacker scoring his fourth goal of the season in a 1-1 draw with Portland Timbers. Joveljic is widely expected to replace Victor Vazquez in the starting XI as the Spaniard limped off with injury in the last league fixture. Anyhow, we predict that the visitors will take advantage of San Jose’s shaky defence.
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 (Los Angeles Galaxy):
Los Angeles Galaxy are probably the most famous American soccer club. The club have been participating in the MLS since 1996 and San Jose Earthquakes are considered their bitterest rivals. A number of top-class players were part of the team in the past, but, no doubt, David Beckham is the club’s most significant star. The former Manchester United star played for LA Galaxy from 2007 to 2012 and he scored 18 goals in 98 appearances in the league for the club.
Fellow England international Steven Gerrard is yet another Premier League ace who joined LA Galaxy. Stevie G signed a $9 million deal with the club in June, 2015. One year before he arrived to Los Angeles, the Galaxy won their fifth MLS Cup, with the team beating New England Revolution (2-1) in the final of the tournament, but winning the CONCACAF Champions League in 2000 is considered the club’s biggest success. The MLS outfit outplayed Olimpia of Honduras in the title game, with Ezra Hendrickson scoring the winning goal ten minutes before the final whistle.
Los Angeles Galaxy play their home games at StubHub Center, the stadium that was opened on June 1, 2003. The capacity of the venue is 27.000.