Galaxy rally back to knock off San Jose

CARSON >> This time, the Galaxy got the best of its longtime in-state rival from San Jose.

The Cali Clasico between the Galaxy and the Earthquakes have brought many headaches and twist and turns throughout the years and Saturday night was more of the same.

Thanks to an 82nd minute goal from Sebastian Lletget, the Galaxy, who fell behind on two occasions, knocked off the rival Earthquakes 3-2 at Dignity Health Sports Park.

San Jose had taken a 2-1 lead in the 59th minute as 16-year-old Cade Cowell find some free space from Galaxy defenders and curled in a shot that just eluded Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham.

That’s where the game stayed until the 82nd minute heroics from Lletget. Efrain Alvarez sent in the ball off a corner toward the far post. Lletget rose up, contested by two San Jose defenders and somehow was able to get the ball into the goal.

San Jose dominated the Galaxy last season in two meetings, winning both by a combined score of 6-1. In fact, the Earthquakes entered the game having won five of the last six meetings.

San Jose opened the scoring in the 12th minute as Vako, making a late run into the box, beat Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham near post after getting set up by Tommy Thompson.

In the 34th minute, Daniel Steres got on the end of a Sebastian Lletget free kick and headed in his first goal of the season to make it 1-1.

Just minutes before Steres’ goal, Pavon nearly had the equalizer for the Galaxy, but his shot was cleared off the line by San Jose defender Tanner Beason in the 32nd minute

The game was the first at home for the Galaxy since March 7, when it lost to Vancouver 1-0 in the second game of the season.

The win is the second consecutive against its rivals, first defeating LAFC last week in the first game of the MLS restart 2-0.

Both the Galaxy and San Jose didn’t play their midweek games, taking part of the league-wide boycott to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

San Jose was scheduled to face Portland and the Galaxy was slated to host Seattle.