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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

San Jose Earthquakes overcome 2-0 deficit to stun Los Angeles Galaxy - San Jose Mercury News

CARSON -- For the past three games, Alan Gordon has played as if he were wearing Superman's tights and cape under his Earthquakes uniform.

Gordon scored his third goal over the past three games in second-half stoppage time Wednesday night as the Quakes rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.

The victory moves the Quakes (8-2-3) into first place in Major League Soccer's Western Conference by one point over Real Salt Lake.

The win also is the first for the Quakes against the Galaxy on the road since the franchise rejoined MLS four years ago.

The Quakes' last road victory against Los Angeles on the road, a 3-1 decision, came on Oct. 15, 2005 -- the last regular-season game for San Jose's original MLS entry before it moved to Houston and became the Dynamo.

Gordon -- who scored the tying goals against Chivas USA and Columbus the past two games -- headed Jason Hernandez's pass over goalkeeper Brian Perk from seven yards just seconds before the final whistle. Gordon's goal culminated a rally in which the Quakes scored all three goals in the final 14 minutes.

Los Angeles (3-7-2) held a 2-0 lead when Steven Lenhart scored his fifth goal of the season in the 76th minute. Lenhart converted a diving header from six yards off Marvin Chavez's corner kick.

Khari Stephenson then tied the score in the 82nd minute on a penalty kick. David Beckham committed a handball in the penalty area

while blocking Hernandez's long shot, and Stephenson shot the ball under Perk's left arm.

Helping the Quakes was the fact that Los Angeles played with 10 men for the final 31 minutes. Hector Jimenez, who scored the Galaxy's first goal, received a red card for a tripping Steven Beitashour with his spikes showing.

Jimenez put the Galaxy ahead in the third minute with his first MLS goal.

Juninho began the sequence with a through ball to Chad Barrett at the right side of the penalty area. With Jason Hernandez marking him, Barrett passed off his right instep to Ramirez, who converted a diagonal shot from 10 yards.

Mike Magee extended the lead to 2-0 in the 73rd minute. After taking Beckham's pass, Magee used his right foot to elude Hernandez and draw goalkeeper Jon Busch away from the net before scoring on a 13-yard diagonal shot.

Lenhart received a yellow card in the 47th minute and will be suspended for Sunday might's game in Kansas City.

  • The Earthquakes will play host to a fourth-round match in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on June 5 at Stanford if they advance past the Fort Lauderdale Strikers next week.

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