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After winning the Western Conference and the Supporters’ Shield going away as the best regular-season team based on points, the San Jose Earthquakes were knocked out in their conference semifinals.
After the Earthquakes averaged 1.94 goals per game in the regular season, the LA Galaxy made them look positively pedestrian, holding San Jose to a single goal in each leg of the series.
The Earthquakes attacking trio of Chris Wondolowski, Steven Lenhart and Alan Gordon, who finished the regular season with a combined 50 goals, was effectively neutralized by LA’s defense.
The Earthquakes fought all year for respect, but, in the end, their playoff run certainly didn’t help.