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Defensive Gaffe Gives Quakes Early 1-0 Lead

Donovan Ricketts and A.J. De La Garza communicated horribly on a harmless cross, and Chris Wondolowski took advantage by finding the loose ball and slotted neatly home for the early 4th minute lead. Bobby Convey sent in a long, looping cross towards the right side of the box, and Ricketts and De La Garza both thought the other would take the ball. With both players staring at each other it was easy for Wondolowski to score on what was essentially an empty net.

 

It's deja vu for both teams as San Jose took a similar early lead when they met in Los Angeles.  San Jose will again be challenged to absorb the offensive pressure the Galaxy are sure to bring. With 86 minutes left the makeshift Earthquake back line has quite a task in front of them.