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Amarikwa Tallies Brace in Loss to Galaxy

Earthquakes get two first-half goals from forward Quincy Amarikwa, but fall to the LA Galaxy 5-2

The Quakes were without two of their three goal-scorers - forward Chris Wondolowski and midfielder Cordell Cato - from the two teams' previous meeting this season. Amarikwa made his first start on the road for San Jose since being acquired and defender Jordan Stewart returned from his one-game absence due to suspension.

In the 12th minute, Amarikwa perfectly timed his run to beat an offsides trap and midfielder Fatai Alashe delivered a ball over the top. After doing well to control the lofted pass, Amarikwa attempted a left-footed shot, but his effort was saved by Galaxy keeper Brian Rowe.

In the 22nd minute, defender Marvell Wynne sent a pass down the right flank and midfielder Sanna Nyassi sprinted up the sideline to track it down. Nyassi played a quick ball across the penalty area and Amarikwa one-timed a shot from about 15 yards out, beating the keeper. It marked Amarikwa's first goal of the season and first with San Jose since October 7, 2009.

Just three minutes later, Amarikwa doubled his scoring total. Following a free kick by midfielder Matias Perez Garcia, the ball was batted around and fell loose in front of goal. Amarikwa was the first to get to it and calmly slotted his shot into the bottom-right corner of the net. It marked the first multi-goal game of his career.

In the 30th minute, Los Angeles was able to cut their deficit in half. After being awarded a penalty kick, forward Robbie Keane converted to pull the home side within a goal.

Seven minutes later, LA pulled level. A ball played low across the box found its way onto the foot of midfielder Steven Gerrard at the back post. Gerrard one-timed the ball past keeper David Bingham and into the net.

The Galaxy took a 3-2 lead in the 64th minute. Gerrard hit a low free kick across the face of goal and Keane redirected it goal-ward.

LA would add two late goals - a penalty by Keane and a header by forward Sebastian Lleget - to extend their lead to 5-2.

The Earthquakes next match is on Tuesday, July 21 against Manchester United at Avaya Stadium as part of the International Champions Cup North America Presented by Guinness. The Quakes next MLS match is against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday, July 26 at BC Place, beginning at 4:00 p.m. PT. The match will air live on CSN California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.

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MLS Regular Season

San Jose Earthquakes 2-5 LA Galaxy

July 17, 2015 - StubHub Center

Attendance: 27,000

Scoring Summary: SJ - Quincy Amarikwa (Sanna Nyassi) 22; SJ - Quincy Amarikwa (Clarence Goodson) 25; LA - Robbie Keane (penalty) 30; LA - Steven Gerrard (unassisted) 37; LA - Robbie Keane (Steven Gerrard) 64; LA - Robbie Keane (penalty) 80; LA - Sebastian Lleget (Robbie Rogers) 90+2.

Misconduct Summary: SJ - Tommy Thompson (caution) 30; LA - Robbie Rogers (caution) 36; SJ - Shea Salinas (caution) 54; SJ - David Bingham (caution) 67; SJ - Jordan Stewart (caution) 70.

LA GALAXY: Brian Rowe, Robbie Rogers, AJ DeLaGarza, Leonardo, Dan Gargan, Baggio Husidic, Steven Gerrard (Edson Buddle 88), Juninho, Kenney Walker (Ignacio Maganto 82), Robbie Keane, Sebastian Lleget.

SHOTS: 13SHOTS ON GOAL: 8; SAVES: 1; FOULS: 15; CORNER KICKS: 3;OFFSIDES: 0.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: David Bingham, Marvell Wynne, Victor Bernardez, Clarence Goodson, Jordan Stewart, Fatai Alashe, Sanna Nyassi (Leandro Barrera 62), Tommy Thompson (Adam Jahn 80), Matias Perez Garcia, Shea Salinas (Mark Sherrod 69), Quincy Amarikwa.

SHOTS: 8SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; SAVES: 3; FOULS: 17; CORNER KICKS: 1;OFFSIDES: 5.

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SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH DOMINIC KINNEAR

On his thoughts of the game:

"Tough game. That is what I thought, tough game."

On the team's performance:

"The first 45 minutes were good. The second 45 minutes were not so good."

On what happened tonight:

"We gave up five goals, we lost the game. We stopped doing the good things we were doing early on, we got away from that, and they took advantage of the space we gave them, and they have good players."

On the upcoming games vs. Manchester United and Vancouver:

"We are going to try and win those games."

On taking away a positive from tonight:

"Quincy Amarikwa scored two goals for us. I am happy for him, he got his first two goals for us this year."

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES FORWARD QUINCY AMARIKWA

On scoring two goals tonight:

"I'd rather score no goals and two other guys score goals and we win 2-0. You're coming on the road trying and get points and unfortunately we were unable to do that tonight. I think we let the ref's decisions on certain plays get the best of us and rather than buckle down and accept that it wasn't going our way I think we kind of let that play into us a little bit and unfortunately we allowed LA to get back into the game."

On the physicality of the game:

"All we can do is control how we play and I think we did well the first 35 minutes of the game and that call for the penalty kind of changed our mentality for the rest of the game unfortunately. Hopefully we learn from it and come out against Vancouver, our next conference game, and come away with some points."

On not celebrating his goals:

"Scoring goals: one it's my job and two I want more of them. I want it to be business as usual. I am always for a good celebration but I knew one goal or two goals might not be enough against the Galaxy so I wanted to stay focused on the task at hand. I was hoping that it would get us as a team to know that there is another 70 minutes left in this game and that we need to stay focused to come away with some points and again unfortunately we weren't able to do that."