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MLS Soccer: San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/17/15

Game
LA Galaxy (8-6-7) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (7-7-4)
Date & Time Friday July 17, 2015, 11:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: San Jose +732 / -206 -- Over/Under: 2.5
TV Channel
UniMas, MLS LIVE
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Soccer | LA Galaxy (8-6-7) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (7-7-4)
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The San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy square off Friday night at the Stubhub Center.

The San Jose Earthquakes looks to continue playing well after winning two of their last four games. The San Jose Earthquakes are a defensive team that’s allowed 19 goals in 18 matches and pitched five shutouts overall. David Bingham has come away with 65 saves and allowed four goals in his last four matches. Offensively, the San Jose Earthquakes have scored 19 goals overall and zero goals in their last two MLS matches. Chris Wondolowski leads San Jose with nine goals, Matias Perez Garcia has six assists and Sanna Nyassi has 17 shot attempts. The San Jose Earthquakes are 2-2-1 in their last five MLS road matches. Steven Lenhart is questionable with a knee injury.

The LA Galaxy look to keep rolling after winning three of their last four matches. The LA Galaxy are an offensive team that’s been shutout just five times in 21 matches and scored four goals in its last MLS match. Robbie Keane leads Los Angeles with six goals, Stefan Ishizaki has five assists and Alan Gordon has 27 shot attempts. Defensively, the LA Galaxy have allowed 23 goals overall and pitched seven shutouts. Brian Rowe has come away with eight saves and produced a shutout in his last MLS outing. The LA Galaxy have won three of their last four MLS home matches. Dan Gargan is questionable for this match.

San Jose won the earlier meeting between these teams last month, 3-1. However, two of the last three meetings resulted in a draw. The Galaxy have not beaten the Earthquakes since June of last season and are 1-1-3 in the last five matches overall.

San Jose has been playing well as of late and has a defense that could slow down an LA team that's missing its top player. I'll take the free goal with the Earthquakes. 

Pick:
San Jose Earthquakes +1

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