Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Venue: RFK Stadium – Saturday, August 22 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: DC United 4/5 – Draw 5/2 – San Jose Earthquakes 7/2
DC still top the MLS standings after 24 weeks and look on track to lift a first Supporters’ Shield since 2007. They are one point in front of LA Galaxy with eight games to play and need to keep winning as many games as possible to stay top of the pile.
A disappointing 3-1 loss at NYCFC last weekend ended a three-game win streak and a return to home comforts should see them restore celebration as they have won each of their last three league games at RFK Stadium.
They beat Panamanian side Arabe Unido 1-0 on Wednesday night in the Champions League and are rightly favourites for this one.
San Jose went into their double gameweek looking like a side in trouble. Few would have predicted them getting anything from away trips to Sporting Kansas City and DC United but Wednesday night’s 5-0 win at Sporting Park stunned the nation.
That victory followed a 1-0 win over Colorado and they will now look to win a third-straight game for the first time this season.
They are now just three points behind Seattle in the hunt for the last remaining playoff spot with ten games to play and have plenty to play for.
The Quakes have all three games in which they have played away at Eastern Conference opposition this season so winning at DC will be a real test, even after their midweek success.
DC won last season’s meeting 2-1 in San Jose and beat the Earthquakes 1-0 at RFK the year before in a game that ended a three-game losing streak at home to the Quakes.
DC United are still without Eddie Johnson and Chris Korb, while Fabian Espindola and Nick DeLeon are doubtful but could make the squad. Bill Hamid should return between the sticks along with a host of first-team players who were rested for the midweek CONCACAF Champions League tie with Arabe Unido.
San Jose Earthquakes will be without Innocent Emeghara, Steven Lenhart, Jordan Stewart, Matias Perez-Garcia and Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi. Dominic Kinnear could name an unchanged lineup from the team that thumped SKC on Wednesday night.
DC United’s last five: L/W/W/W/L
San Jose Earthquakes’ last five: L/D/L/W/W
Key Stat: San Jose Earthquakes have won three of the last four meetings between the two when DC United have been at home.
Key Player: Chris Wondolowski – The Quakes forward netted twice in the stunning midweek win over Sporting KC, taking his tally with San Jose to 100. He also became the first player in league history to score at least 10 goals in six consecutive seasons and will be a real threat on Saturday evening too.
DC United 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes – Expecting San Jose to really challenge DC on Wednesday night after their midweek success. But that game may see them tire towards the end of this clash and DC should edge it by the odd goal.