Javier "Chicharito" Hernández's two goals help Galaxy earn key win at San Jose




Javier \"Chicharito\" Hernández, pictured Aug. 19, scored two goals Saturday night as the Galaxy beat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto. (Raul Romero Jr. / Associated Press)
Javier \"Chicharito\" Hernández, pictured Aug. 19, scored two goals Saturday night as the Galaxy beat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto. (Raul Romero Jr. / Associated Press)  

The Galaxy's playoff hopes got a much-needed push Saturday night.

Los Angeles topped the San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto thanks to two goals from Javier "Chicharito" Hernández.

The Galaxy wasted little time striking first. Hernández notched his 16th goal of the season in the 12th minute, and 30 minutes later Gastón Brugman gave the Galaxy a two-goal lead that they held at halftime.

Hernández scored the eventual winner in the 69th minute with another goal. San Jose's Cristian Espinoza scored on a penalty kick in the 74th minute, and Nathan scored in the 93rd minute.

The Galaxy (46 points) are tied with Portland for fifth in the standings, but L.A. owns the tiebreaker.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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