June 30, 2018 / 1:33 AM / 9 months ago

Slumping Earthquakes hope to shake doldrums against Galaxy

The LA Galaxy will look for just their second win in seven trips to Stanford Stadium when they visit the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

The Galaxy (6-7-2) are 1-4-1 in six previous games played at the venue against their longtime California rivals over the last six seasons. And it’s been a consistent bogey venue no matter the form of the two sides, given that LA has made the playoffs five times across that span while the Quakes have reached the postseason only twice.

This time, the Galaxy may have the added obstacle of a depleted squad. While only Rolf Feltscher (shoulder surgery) and Sebastian Lletget (questionable, ankle) are listed on the injury report, Romain Alessandrini missed a U.S. Open Cup fourth-round match with a quad injury. Ola Kamara was forced out of the same 1-0 defeat to Portland early with an injury.

Both players practiced this week, according to ProSoccerUSA.com.

Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos are still with Mexico at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“I mean, you move on,” said Galaxy midfielder Perry Kitchen after the Open Cup defeat. “Of course it hurts to see those guys go out, but we know we have guys that can step up.”

Meanwhile, the Quakes (2-9-5) have now gone seven matches without a victory and enter the weekend alone in last place in the Western Conference standings. They’ve at least secured draws in their last two matches, including a 1-1 result at Real Salt Lake last week.

In that one, Danny Hoesen secured his first double-digit scoring season with his 10th goal, an equalizer in the 64th minute after Damir Kreilach put the hosts ahead 10 minutes earlier. The 27-year-old Dutchman has three goals in his last two games.

“It was just a lot of fight,” Hoesen said of the result. “Coming here with the altitude (and) the heat was not easy. They have some good players and had some nice possession game, but I think we stayed in the game for the full 90 minutes. I had a chance to make the winner, but they also had chances. I think we can be happy with the 1-1.”

—Field Level Media

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