LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes promise spectacle in decisive derby

With a new coach and a thirst for victory, the Earthquakes face the Galaxy in a match that could change the course of the season
San Jose Earthquakes v Los Angeles Galaxy
San Jose Earthquakes v Los Angeles Galaxy / Shaun Clark/GettyImages

It's the weekend with the derby between LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes. At Stanford Stadium, the temperature will rise and the rivalry between these two teams promises to ignite the MLS round. The Galaxy are flying, while the Earthquakes are looking for a fresh start with a new coach.

LA Galaxy come into the game on the back of three consecutive wins. Even without injured star Riqui Puig, Greg Vanney's team has shown enviable consistency. Gabriel Pec, the team's new star, is on the rise, with goals and decisive assists in recent games. The defense, which has always been a headache, has finally found its rhythm, going two games in a row without conceding a goal. The Galaxy are determined to continue this positive run and consolidate their position at the top of the MLS Western Conference.

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On the other side are the San Jose Earthquakes, who are looking for redemption. After seven games without a win, the management decided to change the head coach. Luchi Gonzalez has replaced Ian Russell, an old acquaintance of the club. Russell is tasked with turning the tide for the Quakes, who are bottom of the conference. Will the change in command bring the energy the team needs to climb out of the hole? Hope is the last thing that dies, and Russell's debut will certainly be scrutinized.

Historically, the Galaxy have come out on top in these encounters, but soccer is a box of surprises. In their last meeting, the Quakes showed they can spring a surprise with a 2-2 draw. And now, playing at home and with a new boss, the fans are expecting to see a renewed and more combative team.

The individual highlights are also promising. Galaxy's Dejan Joveljic is in splendid form, leading the attack with 11 goals and 5 assists. On the Quakes' side, Cristian Espinoza has been the team's driving force, with 10 assists this season, making him one of the best in the league in this regard. And we can't forget Jeremy Ebobisse, always a constant threat to the opposition goal.

The stage is set and the show is about to begin. A derby is always more than just a game. No matter what the team's situation, everything changes in a big game like a derby. The Galaxy want to keep the momentum going and aim for the top of the table, while the Quakes want to show that they still have a lot to offer this season.