San Jose Earthquakes trumped LA Galaxy 2-1 to extend their unbeaten streak away from home to six matches and 10 in total in MLS.
The Earthquakes carried a five-match unbeaten away run (W1 D4) into Friday’s contest – their longest streak since going six straight games (W4 D2, including play-offs) without a road loss from September 2012 to March 2013.
San Jose matched that run thanks to Nicholas Hamalainen’s 71st-minute own goal against rivals the Galaxy at Dignity Health Sports Park.
Jeremy Ebobisse put the Earthquakes ahead seven minutes into the second half before the Galaxy’s Victor Vazquez restored parity with 25 minutes remaining, having scored from a corner.
Chofis with some MAGIC pic.twitter.com/zQZQUDOXoK
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) August 21, 2021
Only three of the last 41 MLS matches the Galaxy had played at Dignity Health Sports Park dating back to September 2018 ended in a draw (W24 L14).
That theme continued after the ball took a wicked deflection off Hamalainen and into the back of the net 19 minutes from the end.
Use the force, Victor.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 21, 2021
The Earthquakes – unbeaten home or away since losing 3-1 to the Galaxy on June 26 – are seventh in the Eastern Conference, 13 points behind leaders Seattle Sounders.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy are third in the east and nine points better off than the Earthquakes after 21 games.