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Galaxy Vs. Earthquakes: Can L.A. Top Western Conference Leaders in California Clasico?: Fan's Preview

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The Los Angeles Galaxy will be on the road on June 30 when they play the San Jose Earthquakes in the latest edition of the California Clasico at Stanford Stadium. San Jose leads the Western Conference and have won their last two matches. The Galaxy have won their last three matches and are currently in fifth in the Western Conference.

The Galaxy have won 25 of the 49 games against the Earthquakes in the regular season and lost 16 matches. Only eight of the total matches have ended in a draw. L.A. has outscored San Jose in the Clasico, 75-63. Our side's captain Landon Donovan, Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant and Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon are the three current players who have played for both teams in the rivalry. San Jose won the first meeting this season, 3-2, on May 23 at the Home Depot Center. Alan Gordon sealed the comeback win for the Earthquakes with a last-second header.

Donovan has thrived against his old side with 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 11 matches. He scored four goals against L.A. in 12 matches as a member of the Earthquakes. Donovan has been on a tear in his last two matches with three goals and two assists. Midfielder David Beckham is third in MLS in assists with five and has three over the last five matches.

The definite man to watch for the Earthquakes is Chris Wondolowski, who is currently leading MLS with 13 goals and 16 points. He has scored on 24.1% of his shots this season. Another player to pay attention to for San Jose is Steven Lenhart. The Earthquakes forward scored against L.A. in May and has five goals this season and draws 2.28 fouls per 90 minutes. Lenhart does cause a little more than three fouls per 90 minutes as well which is something the Galaxy could try to take advantage of.

L.A. has looked great over the past week but will need to be wary of San Jose's knack for scoring late goals in the match in order to get a result on the road.

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Stats and game information from MLS Soccer.com

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