One of the best battles this weekend should be one between Western Conference rivals, as the LA Galaxy host the San Jose Earthquakes. But, surprisingly, when these two traditional MLS powerhouses meet, it may not be their powerful offensive talents on display, but their defenses.
The Galaxy have the league’s best defense in 2014, having only conceded 17 goals this season. However, the Earthquakes are nearly as good having only given up 20 goals this year—good for second best in the league.
The Galaxy are also one of the hottest teams right now in the league, having only lost one out of their last 11 games and are making their traditional late-season push. The Galaxy’s offense is clicking with Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and Gyasi Zardes playing well and the Robbie Rogers-at-left-back experiment proving to be a revelation.
For their part, the Earthquakes are in eighth place in the West and seven points out of a playoff position, desperately needing points out of the match.