Wondo Discusses LA-San Jose Rivalry, Cristian Espinoza, and More Ahead of Cali Clásico
San Jose-LA Rivalry
The San Jose Earthquakes will host the LA Galaxy on Saturday, August 28th at PayPal Park in what is dubbed as the “California Clasico”. This rivalry is one of the most heated in Major League Soccer’s history. Quakes’ captain, Chris Wondolowski, has been playing in this rivalry for over a decade and it’s still as intense as ever. “The passion and intensity are still there, maybe even amped up more this year since our fans are back in the stadium.” Wondolowski said.
The Argentine winger Cristian Espinoza had an excellent start to the season, where he scored two goals and provided three assists for the Quakes in their first three games of the season. However, since then, he has gone through a dry spell where he hasn’t scored a goal or provided an assist in the last ten games. Wondolowski expressed his faith in Espinoza, saying “He’s a phenomenal player, he can change the game at any moment. We have complete trust in him and we know he’ll come back stronger than ever.”
Cali Clásico and Playoff Hopes
The California Clasico is more than just a rivalry game; it’s also an opportunity for both teams to secure their spot in the playoff race. The Galaxy sit in fourth place in the Western Conference while the Quakes are in ninth place, just two points behind seventh-place Minnesota United. A win for San Jose would not only bring them closer to the playoff line but also level them with their rivals in terms of points. “We know the importance of every point, especially against a rival with a win on the line,” Wondolowski said.
In conclusion, the Cali Clasico is not just any game for the Earthquakes and the Galaxy; it’s a rivalry game, a chance to make a statement, and a crucial game in the Western Conference playoff picture. Wondolowski and the Quakes are ready for the challenge and they’re looking forward to a successful outing.
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Summary: San Jose Earthquakes’ captain Chris Wondolowski discusses the intensity of the California Clasico rivalry between the Quakes and LA Galaxy. He also expresses faith in his teammate Cristian Espinoza, who had a phenomenal start but has gone through a dry spell. Finally, he emphasizes the importance of the Cali Clasico in terms of the playoff picture and looks forward to a successful outing. #SPORT