Another game, another central defender down with an injury.
This time it's newcomer Kyle Davies, signed last month off waivers from FC Dallas. He lasted just 16 minutes of the Galaxy's 3-0 MLS Reserve League loss Monday at San Jose, hobbling off because of an ankle injury in his debut for the club.
The good news: It doesn't appear to be severe. The Galaxy's backline depth has been tested considerably with starter Leonardo and backup Sean Alvarado out for the season because of torn anterior cruciate ligaments and Gregg Berhalter missing most of preseason and the first couple of months in the season because of a sprained knee.
Berhalter, also a Galaxy assistant coach, on Monday went 90 minutes for the first time since returning from his injury, signaling he's ready for first-team action. L.A.'s backline leader had played a half-hour in the previous reserve game, a month ago against Chivas USA, and has been on the 18-man game rosters the past six matches.
Goalkeeper Brian Perk made his Reserve League debut, and forward Adam Cristman, coming off a knee injury, returned to the field for the first time since that May 3 reserve game against Chivas.
ANOTHER LOSS: The defeat, on two first-half goals by Turkish trialist Sercan Guvenisik and another in second-half stoppage -- a 30-yard rocket to the upper corner -- by Ellis McLoughlin, left the Galaxy at the bottom of the West Division with a 0-3-0 record. They've surrendered three goals in all three losses.
San Jose (3-1-0) is three points behind West Division leader Seattle (4-0-0).
L.A. came close to scoring three times, by Hector Jimenez's diving header for a Bryan Jordan cross sailed wide in the 52nd minute, and Paolo Cardozo fired wide from Cristman's through ball in the 59th and was cleared off the line by Brandon McDonald in the 68th.
Nutrilite Training Facility (San Jose)
San Jose Earthquakes 3, Galaxy 0
SJ -- Sercan Guvenisik (Tim Ward) 15
SJ -- Sercan Guvenisik (David Frank) 22
SJ -- Ellis McLoughlin 91+
San Jose Earthquakes: David Bingham; Tim Ward, Chris Leitch, Brandon McDonald, Justin Morrow; Joey Gjertsen (Guillermo Alvarez, 62), David Frank (Gino Bosz, 70), Scott Sealy (Simon Dawkins, 65), Ellis McLoughlin; Matt Luzunaris (Yuri Morales, 85), Sercan Guvenisik (Christian Cruz, 88).
Galaxy: Brian Perk; Frankie Hejduk, Kyle Davies (Dan Keat, 17), Gregg Berhalter, Ryan Thomas; Bryan Jordan, Michael Stephens, Jovan Kirovski, Hector Jimenez (Dustin McCarty); Adam Cristman, Paolo Cardozo. Unused subs: Grady Howe, Vince Paldino, Riley Wolfe.
Yellow card: Frank 72.