Fresh off his heroics for Mexico in the Gold Cup, Jonathan dos Santos is expected to rejoin the Los Angeles Galaxy for Friday night's Cali Clasico against the visiting San Jose Earthquakes.
The midfielder, who scored the lone goal in Mexico's 1-0 victory over the United States in Sunday's Gold Cup final, was not on the field for the Galaxy when the Earthquakes completed a convincing 3-0 victory over Los Angeles on June 29 in a game played at Stanford Stadium.
The Galaxy (11-7-1, 34 points) rebounded, though, for a 2-0 home victory over Toronto FC on July 4 to improve to 7-3-0 in their own park. That is tied for the second-most home victories in the Western Conference and trails only MLS-leading Los Angeles FC (eight).
While Zlatan Ibrahimovic leads the Galaxy with 13 goals, second-most in the league, dos Santos has helped to guide the team in the midfield over 11 games played. He has a goal and an assist for his club team. Also returning to the Galaxy from the Mexican squad is midfielder Uriel Antuna.
"Every player (that was out) we missed a lot and if we can have everybody together it makes us stronger," Ibrahimovic said. "Jonah (dos Santos) and Uriel came back and they came back happy because they won the tournament."
While the Earthquakes (8-7-4, 28 points) are much improved after four consecutive defeats to open the season, road games remain an issue. San Jose is just 1-4-3 away from home and has won on the road against the Galaxy just once since 2013.
Since May 18, though, San Jose is 5-1-2, including three home victories since June 26. The three goals scored against the Galaxy marked its largest output in a single game over that stretch as Valeri Qazaishvili, Shea Salinas and Tommy Thompson all found the back of the net.
"It is amazing to get nine points out of these last 11 days," Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski said after Saturday's 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake. "It's not easy but it's just a glimpse of how much work we have put in and to still be going for 90 minutes."
The Galaxy have a 20-6-6 advantage over the Earthquakes in the all-time series.
--Field Level Media
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