The game loves irony and this weekend’s California Clasico between the San Jose Earthquakes and the LA Galaxy at Buck Shaw Stadium Sunday at noon is rife with irony.
First off, this was to be Landon Donovan’s last Clasico, his last game in the Bay Area, a game against a team he used to play for (2001-2004), before he retires at the end of the season. But the accumulation of yellow cards rule has ruled him suspended for this game. Come on MLS disciplinary committee, isn’t there anyone the fans can appeal to for a repeal of this untimely ban? No, thought not!
Okay, moving onto the next piece of irony, the LA Galaxy have skulked around in the basement of the Western Conference, some might say deliberately making sure they injure as few players as possible in the early part of the season. They have now strapped on their rocket pants and shot up to 2nd place in the conference with 50 points from 27 games, just one point behind the Seattle Sounders.
The Quakes on the other hand seem to have suffered more casualties than the average 19th century revolution. They are currently bottom-but-one in the conference with just 27 points from 26 games.
Cue the biggest piece of irony: one of San Jose’s injured players, a player seen as key to their revival is Perez Garcia, and he was purchased as a designated player most likely using some of the money San Jose made by selling Alan Gordon back to LA.
We all remember Alan Gordon, but in case anyone has been frozen on a deep space mission, here’s what Alan Gordon did to the LA Galaxy in the 2013 Clasico at Stanford.