MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs San Jose Earthquakes

Competition: Major League Soccer – LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Venue: StubHub Center – Sunday, May 22 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: LA Galaxy 3/5 – Draw 3/1 – San Jose 9/2

Match Preview

LA Galaxy welcome San Jose Earthquakes to StubHub Center in the latest instalment of the California Clasico as part of MLS Rivalry Week this weekend.

Bruce Arena’s side extended their unbeaten run to eight games with their 2-2 draw away at Philadelphia last time out.

Galaxy sit 4th in the Western Conference, one point ahead of San Jose in 5th ahead of this tie and LA have some cushioning as they have played a game less than the Quakes.

LA boast the best goal difference in MLS and if they can continue their run of form they will have a real chance of winning the Supporters’ Shield. They trail top spot by five points but have two games in hand.

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San Jose Earthquakes ended a two-game winless streak with their 3-1 home win over Houston last time out.

The Quakes haven’t won on the road in their last seven attempts, losing five and drawing two and have conceded 16 along the way.

Dominic Kinnear’s side lost their earlier meeting between the sides this season 3-1 and haven’t won any of their last five away against Galaxy.

San Jose have struggled in recent times in the Cali Clasico, winning just two out of the last ten, so a win would be a hugely celebrated result here and would move them above the Galaxy in the West.

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Team News

LA Galaxy have just the one injury concern as Alan Gordon looks set to miss out, while Jelle Van Damme is one booking away from suspension.

San Jose Earthquakes could be without up to five players as Marc Pelosi, Cordell Cato, Clarence Goodson and Mark Sherrod are all expected to miss out. Quincy Amarikwa could make the squad as he is returning to full fitness. Anibal Godoy is one caution away from suspension.

Key Points

LA Galaxy’s last five: W/W/D/W/D

New England Revolution’s last five: L/W/D/L/W

Key Stat: LA are unbeaten in 13 of their last 14 home games in Major League Soccer.

Key Player: Giovani Dos Santos – The LA Galaxy forward has netted five goals this season and is their top goalscorer. He will look to provide the spark needed in the final third.

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Score Prediction

LA Galaxy 3-1 San Jose Earthquakes – Galaxy to repeat the scoreline of the first meeting of the season between these sides and continue their unbeaten run. Goals are coming from all over the park for the Galaxy, who are the highest scorers in MLS with 24. San Jose haven’t had the best form in the Cali Clasico and it looks like this one has the makings of another disappointing night for the Quakes fans.


MLS Preview and Prediction: San Jose Earthquakes vs Sporting Kansas City

Competition: Major League Soccer – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Sporting Kansas City

Venue: Avaya Stadium – Sunday, April 24 – 15:30 ET (20:30 BST)

Match Odds: San Jose 21/20 – Draw 9/4 – Kansas City 14/5 

Match Preview

San Jose Earthquakes welcome Western Conference rivals Sporting Kansas City to Avaya Stadium this weekend.

The Quakes are sitting 6th in the West and come into this tie off the back of their 3-1 away loss against Portland Timbers last time out.

Dominic Kinnear’s side are unbeaten in their last nine home Major League Soccer outings, so they will be looking to bounce back here and continue their great run of home form.

San Jose have won the last two meetings between the sides, scoring six goals along the way, so the Quakes faithful have the bragging rights over SKC heading into this tie.

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Sporting Kansas City are sitting 4th in the West coming into the weekend but there is room for improvement, as they have lost their last two.

Their last outing saw them fall 2-1 away to FC Dallas, a disappointing result for SKC after they had taken the lead.

Peter Vermes will be more than aware of how tough this tie will be and will have his side best prepared to not throw points away this time out.

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Team News

San Jose Earthquakes have six injury concerns heading into this tie. Marc Pelosi, Cordell Cato, Jordan Stewart, Chad Barrett, Clarence Goodson and Mark Sherrod are all expected to miss out. The Quakes currently have no players nearing suspension.

Sporting Kansas City have one less injury concern than their opponents for this tie. Justin Mapp, Soni Mustivar, Kevin Ellis and Chance Myers are all expected to miss out, while Paulo Nagamura is a doubt. Kansas City also have no players nearing suspension.

Key Points

San Jose Earthquakes’ form: L/D/D/W/L

Sporting Kansas City’s form: W/L/W/L/L

Key Stat: San Jose Earthquakes are unbeaten in their last 17 home matches against Sporting Kansas City in all competitions.

Key Player: Chris Wondolowski – ‘Wondo’ has been in magnificent form so far this season, bagging himself six goals in his seven appearances. He will be looking to continue his fine run of goalscoring form against SKC this weekend.
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Score Prediction

San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Sporting Kansas City – San Jose to continue their impressive home record against Kansas City as they look to force their way up the Western Conference.

2016 MLS Season Preview: San Jose Earthquakes

As the 2016 MLS season edges ever closer, we’ll be publishing each team’s MLS 2016 Season Preview. Today we take a look at what the San Jose Earthquakes could achieve this season.

The 2015 season saw San Jose Earthquakes move into their new Avaya Stadium but unfortunately, they were unable to make the postseason once again. It was a season of some fantastic highs but the ultimate low was missing out on the playoffs for a second-straight season – something head coach Dominic Kinnear will be desperate to fix. The Quakes finished four points behind sixth-placed Sporting Kansas City in the end, but ended relatively well and should push on this term. The loss of DP forward Innocent Emeghara was a bitter pill to swallow early in the season, but he should be back and will look to score the goals to fire San Jose into a playoff berth. Victories away at the likes of Seattle, SKC and DC United showed they could cope with the league’s best but they need to make that form last longer. Dominic Kinnear knows the formula to win MLS Cup, having won it twice with Houston Dynamo in 2006 and 2007 and he would love to lift the title with San Jose come the end of the 2016 season.

Last Season’s Finish:

Western Conference – Position: 7th – P34 – W13 – D8 – L13

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What Needs To Change This Year?

San Jose must improve their away form, following ten defeats on the road in 2015. That’s just not good enough if you are looking to make the top six. Despite boasting the third-best defensive record in MLS last term, their offensive play let them down. They ranked third from bottom in terms of goal output, having netted just 41 times. More goals will lead to more success. Chris Wondolowski knows how to score goals and he keeps on getting them, having now reached over 100 in MLS – being the fastest to achieve this feat. But the rest of the squad need to chip in with their fair share to ease the burden on the American. Chad Barrett has come in from Seattle Sounders and will look to help, while Simon Dawkins will be tasked with getting assists. It has potential to be an enormous season for the Quakes if they can learn from last year’s deficiencies.

Key Changes:

Ins: Chad Barrett – Forward, Simon Dawkins – Midfielder, Andres Imperiale – Defender, Andrew Tarbell – Goalkeeper & Alberto Quintero – Midfielder

Outs: Mike Fucito  Forward, Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi  Midfielder, Khari Stephenson – Midfielder, Paulo Renato – Defender, Tomas Gomez – Goalkeeper, Leandro Barrera – Midfielder

Key Player:

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Innocent Emeghara – Forward – The Swiss striker will feel like a new signing for San Jose, having only made seven appearances last season before his season-ending knee injury. With 76 goals scored in his professional career, he will look to put the Earthquakes back on the map and into the playoff picture as he looks to win his first major honour. If he can stay healthy, he could prove to be one of the league’s deadliest strikers in 2016.

One to Watch:

Simon Dawkins – Midfielder – The ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has returned back to San Jose, having won the Supporters’ Shield with the club back in 2012. He could be the lucky omen that gets the Quakes into the playoffs once again and will hope to shine on his return to MLS. He has more than 50 MLS games under his belt and that experience should help Dawkins to settle straight back into the league. It’s now time for the 28-year-old to flourish again.

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Predicted Finish:

Western Conference – 6th  This time round we expect the Quakes to make the playoffs. They are a team that is battling in a very tight and competitive Western Conference but they had the third-best defence in MLS last term and have strengthened this offseason. Chris Wondolowski will get goals, as will the likes of Quincy Amarikwa and Innocent. They have a fine manager in Dominic Kinnear, who knows the league inside out and things look good for the Quakes. The teams around them have done some very good business and San Jose will struggle to challenge high up the standings, but they should be able to secure a top six finish. Here’s to what could be a great season in San Jose, California.

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Wondolowski’s 100th goal will ‘slowly sink in’ and praises Kinnear

Chris Wondolowski netted his 100th MLS regular season goal this weekend from the penalty spot against Orlando City.

Celebrations were subdued as San Jose Earthquakes were behind at the time and Wondo is happy that his goal earned Quakes a share of the spoils and is pleased with the historical value of the goal.

“It’s good to come back and get a point, but it’s a bit frustrating,” he is quoted by saying by “I’m very grateful, I know the historic value [of the goal], but it’s one of those things that will slowly sink in; it hasn’t really sunk in yet.”

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The Quakes talisman praised his manager and thinks Dominic Kinnear is one of the best coaches in the league.

“He drafted me and gave me a chance. He gave me an opportunity, and I’ve learned from him. I’m grateful to be playing for him again; he’s one of the best coaches in this league.”

The 32-year-old goal-machine is delighted at netting his 100th as a fan of the club and he now sits second in the Major League Soccer scorers this season.

“It’s a bit surreal,” he said. “Right now, it’s fun. I enjoy going out there and whatever happens, happens.

“I grew up a fan of this club, so to be able do it for my hometown team in front of my friends and family is pretty cool. I got to give my dad a hug after, and he had tears in his eyes. He was my first coach and has helped me along the way. That’s what makes it special.”

We can expect Wondo to continue causing defenders problems and remain grounded as he will do what he does best, poach goals.

Should San Jose Earthquakes fans be concerned by this worrying statistic?

San Jose Earthquakes have established themselves as the surprise package at the start of the 2015 MLS season with five wins from their opening 11 games (D2, L4) and can be delighted with their performances in the early stages.

The Earthquakes have already recorded some impressive results with victories at home to Vancouver Whitecaps and Columbus Crew, as well as an excellent 3-2 road win against Seattle Sounders, despite going down to ten men after 52 minutes.

Dominic Kinnear has returned to San Jose as the head coach this season after an eight-year spell with the Houston Dynamo, guiding them to fourth place in the Western Conference and sixth in the overall Supporters’ Shield standings with a total of 17 points.

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Despite the excellent start to the season, there may be a slight cause for concern for the Earthquakes. At the same stage of last season, they had 13 points on the board from 11 games, just four points less than their current total this time around.

San Jose then went on to finish bottom of the Western Conference and second bottom of the Supporters’ Shield standings with just 30 points amassed come the end of the campaign.

A barren run of 15 games without a win at the end of last season heavily affected the Earthquakes’ final position in the table, so Kinnear will be desperate to ensure that his side avoid a similar type of capitulation in 2015.

A playoff finish for San Jose Earthquakes would almost certainly be an impressive achievement and if they can maintain their current form, there is no reason why they won’t be competing for the MLS Cup title in the post-season.

MLS Preview and Prediction: San Jose Earthquakes vs Columbus Crew

Competition: Major League Soccer – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Columbus Crew

Venue: Avaya Stadium – Saturday, May 16th – 10:30 ET (03:30 BST)

Match Odds: San Jose Earthquakes 8/5 – Draw 11/5 – Columbus Crew 7/4

Match Preview

San Jose Earthquakes entertain Columbus Crew on Saturday evening as they look to build upon a three-game unbeaten streak. The Crew have won three of their last four, so both sides are looking strong heading into this tie.

Dominic Kinnear’s side picked up a point last weekend away at Colorado Rapids and he will be looking for his side to make home advantage count in this, the first of two home games on the bounce.

The Quakes have lost four games so far this season and are sitting fourth in the Western Conference. They are one of four sides on 14 points so they cannot afford to fall behind the pace in the chase for a playoff spot.

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Chris Wondolowski has five goals this season, contributing to half of his side’s overall tally of ten. He will be hoping for his teammates to start hitting form as Adam Jahn and Sanna Nyassi have just two goals between them.

Gregg Berhalter’s Crew are also on 14 points over in the Eastern Conference. They picked up an impressive three points at home to Seattle Sounders last weekend so their confidence will be sky-high heading into this one.

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Goals from Kei Kamara and Federico Higuain saw off the Sounders and the two have been in great form so far this season. Kamara is the joint leading scorer on seven from nine appearances this campaign and the Quakes will need to stop service into him to halt his brilliant run of form.

Team News

San Jose Earthquakes have five injury concerns going into the game as Mark Sherrod, Steven Lenhart, Shaun Francis, Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi and Innocent Emeghara all remain sidelined. The Quakes have no suspensions to note.

Columbus Crew have just the one injury concern to Wil Trapp and Berhalter has no other worries with his squad heading into this one. Hernan Grana has left the team and returned to Argentina so Hector Jimenez is likely to start at right-back again.

Key Points

San Jose Earthquakes’ form: W/L/D/W/D

Columbus Crew’s form: D/W/W/L/W

Key Stat: Stalemate – The last four meetings between the sides have all ended in a draw.

Key Player: Kei Kamara – The Crew forward cannot be ignored as the key player for this tie. He boasts the equal best scoring form so far this season and is proving very difficult to stop.

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Score Prediction

San Jose Earthquakes 2-2 Columbus Crew – The sides once again will prove difficult to be separated. Crew haven’t won on the road in five and will be hard pushed to break that trend here as a score draw looks the most likely outcome.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Houston Dynamo vs San Jose Earthquakes

Competition: Major League Soccer – Houston Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium – Tuesday, May 5th – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST)

Match Odds: Houston 6/5 – Draw 11/5 – 23/10

Match Preview

Houston Dynamo take on San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday night in the first of this week’s MLS fixtures as Dominic Kinnear returns to Houston for the first time since leaving at the end of last season.

The Quakes head coach spent nine years with the Dynamo and will return to BBVA Compass Stadium looking for victory with his San Jose team.

Both these sides played on Friday night and will hope the four days rest won’t affect their performances in this key Western Conference battle.

Houston and San Jose are two of four teams tied on ten points in the Western and need to start winning more games to climb the table.

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The Dynamo have only won twice this season, both of which were at home, but they come into the game needing to desperately improve from that 4-1 home defeat at the hand of FC Dallas on Friday night.

Owen Coyle has watched his team concede eight times over the past two weeks and will be urging his players to defend better when San Jose arrive on Tuesday.

The Earthquakes drew 1-1 with Real Salt Lake away from home on Friday and Tuesday’s trip to Houston will be the club’s third straight road game.

Kinnear has only seen his side win three times this season and with one victory in five now, things need to start improving quickly.

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San Jose last won in Houston in 2010 but Dominic Kinnear will hope that his knowledge of the Dynamo team can prove decisive as the Quakes look for all three points.

These two sides met early on in preseason as the Dynamo beat San Jose 3-2 in Arizona and we are all hoping for an equally entertaining game this time around.

Team News

Houston Dynamo have only one concern as Oscar Boniek Garcia is struggling with a knee sprain and is doubtful for the game. Giles Barnes will continue in attack after netting his fifth of the season in the defeat to Dallas on Friday.

San Jose Earthquakes will be without four players for the trip to Houston as Mark Sherrod (knee), Steven Lenhart (knee), Shaun Francis (face) and Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi (ankle) are all ruled out. Jordan Stewart is in contention to start after making the bench on Friday. Chris Wondolowski could have to play deeper again if Kinnear opts to start Innocent Emeghara as the lone striker once more.

Key Points

Houston Dynamo’s last five: L/W/D/D/L

San Jose Earthquakes’ last five: L/L/W/L/D

Key Stat: San Jose have failed to win in 16 of their last 17 away games in MLS.

Key Player: Giles Barnes – The English forward has five goals this season and seems to be carrying the Dynamo through some poor form. He will expect to add to his tally against a Quakes side that hasn’t kept an away clean sheet so far this campaign.

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Score Prediction

Houston Dynamo 2-2 San Jose Earthquakes – Goals are expected in this one after Houston’s recent form will leave fans dreading another four-goal defensive failure. Despite both sides’ patchy form, they should be out to win this game, though that could result in a close contest. Score draw.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Real Salt Lake vs San Jose Earthquakes

Competition: Major League Soccer – Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes 

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium – Friday, May 1st – 20:00 ET (03:00 BST)

Match Odds: Real Salt Lake 4/5 – Draw 13/5 – San Jose Earthquakes 100/3

Match Preview

Real Salt Lake entertain San Jose Earthquakes on Friday night as both sides look to lift themselves up the table in a very competitive Western Conference.

Real Salt Lake come into the game off the back of two defeats. Last weekend’s 4-0 drubbing away to New England Revolution has further highlighted their sticky patch of form after a 1-0 home defeat to Vancouver the week before ended their unbeaten start to the campaign.

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Jeff Cassar’s side have won just twice this season and need to avoid getting caught up in a lengthy spell before their next win, but this game will be yet another hard outing against a San Jose side that have already won at the Seattle Sounders this season.

The Earthquakes are above Real Salt Lake on goal-difference but they too are struggling to put together a winning streak after a promising start to the season.

Winning three and losing four of their seven games so far isn’t too much of a concern for Dominic Kinnear but he needs to get his defence to tighten up having conceded nine times.

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The Quakes lost 2-0 last week to the New York Red Bulls. They will feel they have a chance to take points from this one, but the standings are incredibly tight with just two points separating 5th and 10th in the Western, showing why it is so hard to split these two.

Team News

Real Salt Lake have seven injury concerns as Joao Plata, Chris Schuler, Sebastian Jaime, Javier Morales, Boyd Okwuonu and Nick Rimando could all miss out. Plata is nearing a return but is still at least three weeks away. While John Stertzer will miss out through suspension, so Cassar has his options limited, but he will be hoping that he can take something from this game ahead of their next tie against LA Galaxy.

San Jose Earthquakes have four out as Mark Sherrod, Steven Lenhart, Shaun Francis and Jordan Stewart will miss the trip. Kinnear needs Chris Wondolowski to lead the line as he did at the start of the season as the forward hasn’t scored in his last three outings and needs to put that run to an end as soon as he can.

Key Points

Real Salt Lake’s last five: W/W/D/L/L

San Jose Earthquakes’ last five: W/L/L/W/L

Key Stat: Leaky – both sides have conceded more than they have scored this season (9) and so it could go either way in this game.

Key Player: Kyle Beckerman – The midfield powerhouse needs to show his ability to dominate the middle of the park in these sort of games. If he can hit top form, RSL will reap the benefits.

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Score Prediction

Real Salt Lake 2-2 San Jose Earthquakes – Nothing to split these two in what will be a hard fought tie. Goals can be expected though as there have been 17 in the last six meetings between the two sides.

MLS Preview and Prediction: San Jose Earthquakes vs Real Salt Lake

Competition: Major League Soccer – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake 

Venue: Avaya Stadium – Sunday, April 5th – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports)

Match Odds: San Jose Earthquakes 6/4 – Draw 23/10 – Real Salt Lake 7/4

Match Preview

San Jose Earthquakes entertain Real Salt Lake this weekend as they look to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat in front of their own fans at the Avaya Stadium in just the second game at their new ground.

The Quakes have started the season relatively well, winning two of their first four, but last weekend’s defeat to the New England Revolution ended their run of back-to-back victories. Dominic Kinnear will be keen to get his side back to winning ways against an improving Real Salt Lake side on Sunday.

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RSL recorded their first win of the season last weekend, snatching a late victory against Toronto which gives them a platform to build on heading into this one, and they will want to remain unbeaten come the end of play.

San Jose are averaging two goals per game so far this campaign and if they can maintain that scoring ratio they stand a good chance of winning a high percentage of their games.

Real Salt Lake won the last meeting between the sides 2-0 back in October after two draws in last year’s other two meetings and the Quakes haven’t won at home against their Western Conference rivals since 2012.

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So far this season RSL have had to rely on their midfield for goals with Alvaro Saborio’s penalty the only goal from a forward. This isn’t helped by the injury sustained by Joao Plata and with this in mind the Quakes will need to be wary of being hit by Real Salt Lake’s middle men, especially Javier Morales.

The Quakes faithful will be hoping the in-form Chris Wondolowski will continue his rich goalscoring run, having notched three in four, and will be looking to make home advantage count once again as they won their first MLS game at Avaya Stadium 2-1 against the Chicago Fire two weeks ago.

This should be a tight affair and San Jose will not want to waste the opportunity of making their home advantage count against a Real Salt Lake side that are tough to break down.

Team News

San Jose Earthquakes could be without five key players. Mark Sherrod and Steven Lenhart (both knee) will remain out while Jordan Stewart (calf), Paulo Renato and Marvell Wynne (both hamstring) could all miss the game through injury. San Jose will be looking to supply Wondolowski at every opportunity to ensure he has as many chances as possible.

Real Salt Lake will be without Joao Plata (foot), Sebastian Jaime and possibly Demar Phillips (hamstring). They will be looking to continue driving at the opposition from the midfield and have Javier Morales pulling the strings. Alvaro Saborio is likely to return to the side as the lone striker.

Key Points

San Jose Earthquakes’ form: L/W/W/L

Real Salt Lake’s form: D/D/W

Key Stat: Real Salt Lake have netted just one out of their six goals from their frontline so far this season.

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Key Player: Chris Wondolowski – The Quakes forward is the joint top scorer this season and will want to continue his form to boost his chances of finishing at the top of the scoring charts come the end of the season.

Score Prediction

San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Real Salt Lake – San Jose have some key players missing but know this is a good chance to notch their third win of the season against a Real Salt Lake side that have yet to reach top gear.

MLS Preview and Prediction: San Jose Earthquakes vs Chicago Fire

Competition: Major League Soccer – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire

Venue: Avaya Stadium – Sunday, March 22 – 19:00 ET (23:00 GMT)

Match Odds: San Jose 10/11 – Draw 12/5 – Chicago Fire – 3/1

Match Preview

San Jose Earthquakes entertain Chicago Fire this Sunday in their first-ever game at their new Avaya Stadium.

The Quakes shocked everybody last weekend by beating the Seattle Sounders 3-2 away from home and have put themselves in a really strong position for their home opener.

Chicago Fire have lost their opening two games, without scoring a goal, and will be eager to get off the mark this weekend. They are still not quite on song yet which isn’t too surprising given their changes through the offseason. The players need to gel and get going, and a win will certainly boost confidence.

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San Jose responded positively to falling behind in the first minute away at Seattle last Saturday and the three goals scored after will be a major boost for the side. Given that was an away game it would have been easy for heads to drop and receive a thumping against one of Major League Soccer’s strongest sides, but it was a real signal of intent from Dominic Kinnear’s side in the end.

Chicago are coming into this game as underdogs and the atmosphere will be so intense given the Quakes’ result against Seattle and as it is their first home game in their new stadium, the fans will be buzzing.

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The Fire need to get at least a point out of this game as three losses on the bounce spells trouble even this early on in the season.

Team News

San Jose Earthquakes have five injury concerns ahead of the game as Mark Sherrod (knee), Steven Lenhart (knee), Mike Fucito (hip), Jordan Stewart (calf) all look set to miss out, while Clarence Goodson is a doubt with a foot strain. But the Quakes should start Designated Player Innocent Emeghara once again as he was a real threat in his first start last weekend, scoring a fine solo goal in the second-half. Chris Wondolowski got two last week and they seem to have clicked and will be under the spotlight for this game in attack.

Chicago Fire will be without Mike Magee and Patrick Nyarko, who will both be missing for a large chunk of this season. Razvan Cocis, Sean Johnson and David Accam look doubtful so Frank Yallop has his options limited. Shaun Maloney has yet to show his capabilities but should start behind Quincy Amarikwa once again.

San Jose Earthquakes’ form: L/W

Chicago Fire’s form: L/L

Key Stat: Home advantage – Chicago haven’t won away to San Jose Earthquakes since 2010. Let’s see if their fortunes change with the new stadium now in use.

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The San Jose Earthquakes will be looking to win their first game at the new Avaya Stadium on Sunday night

Key Player: Innocent Emeghara – The pacey forward will be high in confidence after such a big goal in a big game last weekend but needs to prove he can do it consistently. What better stage to follow that up than in the club’s first game at Avaya Stadium?

Score Prediction

San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Chicago – The Quakes will be feeling great ahead of this game and the atmosphere in the Avaya Stadium will be rocking. They can put themselves in a really strong position with two wins from their first three and heap more misery on a struggling Chicago Fire side that doesn’t look good enough to ruin the occasion.