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Galaxy 1-2 Earthquakes: San Jose stretch unbeaten run to 10 games

San Jose Earthquakes kept their run of good form going in MLS on Friday, as a Nicholas Hamalainen own goal gave them victory over LA Galaxy.

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LA Galaxy 1-2 San Jose Earthquakes: In-form visitors extend unbeaten streak to 10 games

San Jose Earthquakes stretched their MLS unbeaten run to six away games and 10 overall by defeating LA Galaxy 2-1 on Friday.

The Earthquakes carried a five-match unbeaten away run (W1 D4) into Friday's contest at Dignity Health Sports Park – their longest streak since going six straight games (W4 D2, including play-offs) without a road loss from September 2012 to March 2013.

Hamalainen own goal proves the difference in Los Angeles

San Jose matched that sequence thanks to Nicholas Hamalainen's 71st-minute own goal against rivals the Galaxy.

Jeremy Ebobisse put the Earthquakes ahead seven minutes into the second half before the Galaxy's Víctor Vázquez restored parity with 25 minutes remaining, having scored from a corner.

Only three of the last 41 MLS matches the Galaxy had played at Dignity Health Sports Park dating back to September 2018 ended in a draw (W24 L14). 

That theme continued after the ball took a wicked deflection off Hamalainen and into the back of the net 19 minutes from the end.

Earthquakes' last defeat came three months ago

The Earthquakes – unbeaten home or away since losing 3-1 to the Galaxy on 26 June – are seventh in the Eastern Conference, 13 points behind leaders Seattle Sounders.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy are third in the east and nine points better off than the Earthquakes after 21 games.