It wouldn't be the California Clasico without a classic goal.
The San Jose Earthquakes got a dramatic goal from Chad Barrett in the 90th minute to salvage a point and draw with their heated rivals, the Los Angeles Galaxy, 1-1, Saturday night at Stanford Stadium. In a rivalry full of memorable moments, Saturday's goal by Barrett ranks near the top.
"It was more personally gratifying since I had that terrible miss about 15 minutes before," Barrett said.
Barrett's goal not only came in the final minute of the match, it also was a redemption-filled moment for the forward after he had two of his attempts ring off the Los Angeles goal during the match -- once in the first half and the other late in the second.
"Score the goal, make up for the miss," Barrett said when asked about his mentality after his second good look at goal came up short.
The first half belonged to San Jose, with the overwhelming majority of the offensive pressure supplied by the home team.
The Quakes out-shot the Galaxy 12-1 in the first half, but had no goal to show for those efforts. Their best chance came late in the half when Barrett crept into the Galaxy 18 and lobbed a ball toward the back post that rung off iron.
Alberto Quintero, Matias Perez Garcia and Simon Dawkins kept the ball moving effectively for San Jose.
The second half began with LA in control thanks in large part to Steven Gerrard who, up until Barrett's goal, was primed to be the man of the match.
Gerrard had near misses throughout the half -– one with his head went just wide of David Bingham's goal early in the period. The second came off Gerrard's foot in the 55th minute on a ball initially punched out of the 18 by Bingham. The ball landed comfortably at the midfielder’s feet and the shot he fired off beat the San Jose keeper but rung off the post to keep the game at 0-0.
Gerrard stayed aggressive though and it paid off in the 69th minute when his cross found Dos Santos comfortable and all alone between two San Jose defender. Dos Santos calmly put the ball to Bingham's far post for the eventual game-winning goal.
San Jose pressed for the equalizer in the last 20 minutes and had a trio of clear opportunities -- two from Shea Salinas and another by Barrett who was once again unlucky when his header crashed against the Los Angeles crossbar.
But in moment of true redemption, Barrett's header on a Salinas ball into the box following a restart in the 90th minute preserved a well-deserved point for the Quakes.
Two of the three matches between the teams this season have ended in draws via late goals by San Jose players. In Los Angeles earlier this season, Fatai Alashe scored late to equalize.
Turning point and Man of the Match: Without a doubt, Barrett's goal was the turning point of the match -- mainly because it made sure the game would not be an outright loss for the Quakes. Barrett persevered throughout the match and now has goals in back-to-back games after he scored late last week in a draw with Orlando FC.
Injury report: In the seventh minute, Victor Bernardez pulled up while trying to clear a Los Angeles counterattack. He was substituted for two minutes later by Barrett. Fatai Alashe moved into Bernardez’s center back position. The San Jose Earthquakes said it is a right lower leg injury.
San Jose is already very thin at the defender position with players like Clarence Goodson and Andres Imperiale nursing injuries for several weeks now.
Shark sighting: San Jose Sharks winger Joel Ward was on hard to take the ceremonial first shot. With Q, the Quakes mascot defending, Ward chose his left to beat the keeper.
In 79 games this past season, Ward scored 21 goals and 22 assists.
Welcome back: With the United States’ run at Copa America officially over, Chris Wondolowski is expected to be back in the lineup for San Jose next match against Toronto FC.
Quincy Awarikwa, Dawkins, Anibal Godoy and Quintero all made returns to the San Jose lineup after forced absences.
Attendance: The Earthquakes broke their non-doubleheader Stanford Stadium attendance record with 50,816 tickets to Saturday’s match. The previous record was 50,422 during last season’s Clasico at Stanford.
The Earthquakes’ all-time record for attendance in a single game is 73,123 back in 1999 when they faced D.C. United at Stanford as part of a doubleheader that featured the United States Women’s National Team.