MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs San Jose Earthquakes

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

Venue: StubHub Center – Friday, July 17 – 23:00 ET (04:00 BST)

Match Odds: LA Galaxy 4/9 – Draw 16/5 – San Jose Earthquakes 11/2

Match Preview

LA Galaxy face the San Jose Earthquakes in the third Californian Clasico in less than three weeks at StubHub Center on Friday night in a game that should see Steven Gerrard make his MLS debut.

All eyes will be on Gerrard as he plays his first game in Major League Soccer but the former Liverpool captain will be focused on trying to seal all three points to move LA into top spot in the Western Conference for at least a few hours.

A Galaxy win would see them move onto 34 points, just one behind Supporters’ Shield leaders DC United so this is a crucial game for last year’s MLS Cup winners.

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The fact that it’s against their fiercest rivals in MLS will only intensify pressure and the home crowd will be desperate for revenge following their 3-1 defeat to San Jose in the reverse league fixture at the end of June.

LA did beat San Jose 1-0 in the US Open Cup a few days after that defeat but it’s results in MLS that mean most to fans. The loss to San Jose was their only league defeat in their last five and they’ve won their last three at home, scoring 14 and conceding just one.

The Earthquakes will have a tough task winning at StubHub Center as they haven’t done so since 2012 and come into the game off back-to-back losses to Portland and Houston without scoring a goal.

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Steven Gerrard has played 90 minutes over two games so far for the Galaxy but Friday night will see him make his MLS debut in front of his own fans and it’s tough to see San Jose spoiling the party.

Team News

Brian Perk is out for the season but is LA’s only injury concern heading into this one. But Jaime Penedo, Omar Gonzalez, Gyasi Zardes and Alan Gordon are all away at the Gold Cup as is new signing Giovani Dos Santos so none of those will feature here.

San Jose boss Dominic Kinnear is still without Innocent Emeghara and Steven Lenhart. More worryingly, Chris Wondolowski and Cordell Cato, who both scored in the 3-1 win over the Galaxy last month, are away at the Gold Cup with the USA and Trinidad and Tobago respectively.

Key Points

LA Galaxy’s last five in MLS: D/W/W/L/W

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

Key Stat: LA Galaxy have scored at least four goals in their last three home matches in MLS, conceding just once.

Key Player: Steven Gerrard – Impossible to overlook the midfield enforcer as he will be desperate to start his MLS career with a victory against the Galaxy’s fierce rivals.

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Score Prediction

LA Galaxy 3-1 San Jose Earthquakes – Both sides missing players but the Galaxy to get revenge for last month’s loss with a win by the same scoreline. Expect Gerrard to be involved with plenty of positive play going forward.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Portland Timbers vs San Jose Earthquakes

Competitions: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Venue: Providence Park – Sunday, July 5 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports)

Match Odds: Portland 8/15 – Draw 16/5 – San Jose 5/1

Match Preview

Portland Timbers take on Western Conference rivals San Jose Earthquakes for the first time this season when the two meet on Sunday night.

Both sides are coming into the game after midweek disappointment as both were eliminated from the US Open Cup on Wednesday night.

Portland fell 2-0 to Real Salt Lake but will be looking back at their 4-1 Cascadia Cup win over Seattle Sounders last week for inspiration ahead of this one.

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

Caleb Porter’s team have won five of their last six MLS games and are now just four points off top spot in the West.

San Jose are also looking strong as they have won their last two games, including a special 3-1 victory over fierce rivals LA Galaxy in last week’s Californian Clasico.

Dominic Kinnear has his side looking solid and they are just one point off the playoff places in a very competitive Western Conference.

Their last away trip saw them win 2-0 in Seattle so they will be hoping for another successful journey to the North West as they look to win in Portland for the first time.

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

The two sides met three times last year, with Portland winning twice and the sides playing out a 3-3 draw.

Team News

Portland have two injury worries coming into this one. Ben Zemanski is still out, while Dairon Asprilla is a doubt with an ankle sprain.

San Jose Earthquakes will be without Sanna Nyassi as the winger is suspended, while Innocent Emeghara and Steven Lenhart are both still injured. Chris Wondolowski is with the USMNT ahead of the Gold Cup and his absence could be critical.

Key Points

Portland Timbers’ last five in MLS: W/WW/L/W

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

Key Stat: San Jose have never won away at Portland. The Timbers have won three and drawn three of the six previous meetings.

Key Player: Matias Perez Garcia – The Quakes playmaker has been exceptional recently. He has one goal and three assists in his last two MLS games and will need to be at his best if San Jose are to have any chance of winning here.Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Portland Timbers 3-1 San Jose Earthquakes – The Timbers look very strong at the moment, particularly at home, and should be too good for the Quakes this weekend. Chris Wondolowski’s absence will hurt San Jose. Home win.

MLS Preview and Prediction: San Jose Earthquakes vs LA Galaxy

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

Venue: Stanford Stadium – Saturday, June 27 – 22:30 ET (03:30 BST)

Match Odds: San Jose Earthquakes 15/8 – Draw 23/10 – LA Galaxy 7/5

Match Preview

San Jose Earthquakes take on LA Galaxy in the first Californian Clasico of the season as part of MLS Rivalry Week, with both sides coming into the game in solid form.

The Earthquakes have only lost one of their last eight in MLS and come into the game off the back of an impressive 2-0 win at Western Conference leaders Seattle Sounders last weekend.

San Jose have had a full week to prepare for this game as they were one of just six sides not to play on Wednesday night, and that could be a major factor come the end of play.

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

LA Galaxy did play on Wednesday night and will have to ensure fatigue doesn’t affect their performance in such a fierce contest. They thumped the Portland Timbers 5-0 on Wednesday in what was a stellar performance.

Bruce Arena fielded a very strong side for that game at StubHub on Wednesday and it will be interesting to see how many can go again in Stanford on Saturday.

LA have still not won away from StubHub in 2015. Their winless streak on the road is now at 15 games and so despite the fact they’ve scored 16 goals in their last three games in all competitions, it’s tough to predict them annihilating anyone on the road in the same way they do at home.

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San Jose have only won five Californian Clasico series since 1996, with the Galaxy winning the three-game series over the past two seasons without losing.

They beat the Quakes at Stanford Stadium for the first time in three attempts at the venue this time last year and could move to the top of the Western, depending on other results.

San Jose will be confident though, having only lost one of the last ten home meetings, and know a win will put them just three points behind their fierce rivals.

Team News

San Jose Earthquakes boss Dominic Kinnear will still be without strikers Innocent Emeghara and Steven Lenhart but has no other concerns coming into the game. Chris Wondolowski will likely start in midfield once more as he looks to score his ninth of the campaign.

LA Galaxy have four injury concerns as Brian Perk remains out for the season, while Todd Dunivant, Bradford Jamieson IV and Edson Buddle remain doubts. Bruce Arena will be forced to make changes from the midweek win against Portland with the likes of Sebastian Lletget and Baggio Husidic potentially having to make an impact off the bench. Lletget has four goals in four games and looks unstoppable right now.

Key Points

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

LA Galaxy’s last five in MLS: D/L/D/W/W

Key Stat: LA Galaxy have not won away from StubHub Center in over 10 months now – a run of 15 MLS games.

Key Player: Matias Perez Garcia – The Argentinian playmaker has been excellent for San Jose this season and scored his first of the campaign in Seattle last week. Expect him to cause the Galaxy problems.

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Score Prediction

San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 LA Galaxy – It should be a lively contest in what is such an important game for both sets of fans but the end result will more than likely be a draw for the third straight Clasico game. LA can’t win away and San Jose look to be in good shape with the second best defensive record in the league. Low scoring draw.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes

Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Venue: CenturyLink Field – Saturday, June 20 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports)

Match Odds: Seattle 4/7 – Draw 14/5 – San Jose 5/1

Match Preview

Seattle Sounders take on the San Jose Earthquakes at CenturyLink Field for the second time this term, looking to bounce back from a shock early season defeat to their Western Conference rivals.

Seattle will also need to bounce back from their midweek US Open Cup defeat to the Portland Timbers, in a game that saw them end the match with seven players on the field. That 3-1 defeat to Portland means the Sounders cannot retain their Open Cup trophy this season and all focus will now be on reclaiming their Supporters’ Shield.

They still lead the MLS Supporters’ Shield standings after 15 weeks and look to be the strongest side in Major League Soccer, but having already lost to the Quakes at home this year, they will need to be fully focused on Saturday night.

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

Sigi Schmid’s side come into the game off the back of a 3-0 home win over FC Dallas last weekend and they have now won three straight league games in front of their own fans.

San Jose are the only side to have beaten them at CenturyLink Field this season and will be hoping to repeat that stunning performance that saw them win 3-2 in Week 2.

Dominic Kinnear has led his side to just five MLS wins in total so far and they currently sit in eighth place in the Western, but are just three points off the playoff places.

They are without a win in three coming into the game, but did enjoy US Open Cup success against Sacramento Republic on Tuesday night, coming from two goals down to advance on penalties after Chris Wondolowski netted twice in five second half minutes.

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They might not be winning enough but they have only lost one of their last seven in MLS and look to be in good shape to try and sneak a playoff place late in the campaign.

Saturday evening’s clash will be the second of three between the two this season. Seattle have not beaten San Jose in their last three MLS meetings and so this is far from clear as to who will win.

Team News

Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid was rocked by the loss off Obafemi Martins on Tuesday night, as the Nigerian was stretchered off in the US Open Cup clash with Portland and is unlikely to feature here. Chad Barrett is also ruled out, while Osvaldo Alonso is a doubt. The extra-time loss with just seven players on Tuesday could leave players fatigued.

San Jose Earthquakes had two players sent off in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with FC Dallas and so Mark Sherrod and JJ Koval will both miss the game. Innocent Emeghara, who scored in the previous meeting, is still out for most of the season, while Steven Lenhart will also miss out. Paulo Renato and Leandro Barrera are both doubtful.

Key Points

Seattle Sounders’ last five in MLS: D/W/W/L/W

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

Key Stat: Seattle have won just one of the last five MLS meetings between the two sides.

Key Player: Chris Wondolowski – The Quakes powerhouse netted twice in midweek and was instrumental in the early season win in Seattle. Expect him to cause the Sounders defence problems on Saturday once again.

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Score Prediction

Seattle Sounders 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes – Both sides had to play 120 minutes on Tuesday night and that could lead to a slower paced game than usual. San Jose will look to absorb pressure and if Seattle fail to score early it could be a cagey affair. Score draw.

MLS Preview and Prediction: San Jose Earthquakes vs FC Dallas

Competition: Major League Soccer – San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas

Venue: Avaya Stadium – Sunday, June 6 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: San Jose 7/5 – Draw 12/5 – Dallas 9/5

Match Preview

San Jose Earthquakes welcome FC Dallas to Avaya Stadium in this key Western Conference clash on Sunday night.

Starting with this weekend’s fixture with FC Dallas, San Jose embark on a run of games that will really test their credentials and see if they can play with the so called ‘big clubs’ in MLS.

FC Dallas at home is just the start for the Earthquakes before they head to Seattle and host LA Galaxy. Although they have fallen out of the playoff places, a win over FC Dallas should see them propel into the top six again and that would give them terrific confidence before heading to the Sounders.

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San Jose have only lost one of their five games at home this season, in a 1-0 defeat to Real Salt Lake back in April.

Some could argue that the Earthquakes are over relying on top scorer Chris Wondolowski, who has netted eight times this season, with no other player for the Quakes scoring more than one goal.

FC Dallas come into this one off the back of two consecutive losses. A 4-0 defeat away at Sporting Kansas City last week followed a 2-1 loss at Montreal Impact and those results have seen Dallas fall to fourth in the Western after a strong start to the season.

Dallas have only won twice away from Toyota Stadium so far with wins at the Philadelphia Union and also Houston Dynamo, so they will be desperate to get a third on Sunday.

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After this one FC Dallas have another three matches on the road before they head back home to Toyota Stadium in what is a testing spell.

The two sides meet for the second time this season on Sunday with the first coming on the opening day of the season. FC Dallas won 1-0 at home with Blas Perez’s injury time winner settling the match.

Team News

San Jose Earthquakes will be without Tommy Thompson as he is away on international duty. Innocent Emeghara is still out for another 4-5 months, while Leandro Barrera and Steven Lenhart are both struggling with knee injuries.

FC Dallas are without Zach Loyd through suspension. Jesse Gonzalez, Kellyn Acosta, Rolando Escobar and Blas Perez are all on international duty, while Stephen Keel remains out with a foot injury.

Key Points

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

FC Dallas last five: W/W/D/L/L

Key Stat: There have been five red cards in the last six meetings between these two sides.

Key Player: Chris Wondolowski – The American has hit 100 MLS goals. He’s on eight for the season and will look to add to that tally against a weakened FC Dallas side.

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Score Prediction

San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 FC Dallas – Hard to look past the Quakes in this one. They are good at form and take on a weakened Dallas side at the perfect time as they come into this one off a bad run of form.

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 MLSsoccer.com. “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.

MLS Preview and Prediction: San Jose Earthquakes vs Orlando City

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

Venue: Levi’s Stadium – Sunday, May 24 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: San Jose 11/10 – Draw 12/5 – Orlando 12/5

Match Preview

San Jose Earthquakes take on Orlando City in the final game of this weekend late on Sunday with both sides looking to build on impressive wins last time out.

The Earthquakes beat Columbus Crew 2-0 in front of their own fans at Avaya Stadium to move up to fifth in the Western Conference last weekend and will hope to extend their unbeaten streak to five this weekend.

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Orlando City are also fifth, over in the Eastern Conference, and last weekend’s 4-0 win over the LA Galaxy sent a message across the league so they will be hoping to build on that.

San Jose will not be taking this game lightly though, and Chris Wondolowski will be hoping to net his 100th goal in the game in front of a nationwide audience on Sunday night.

Orlando may have won their first home game of the campaign last week but they have still picked up more points on the road in their inaugural MLS season.

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They have only won one of their last five games but that huge win last week will have injected an enormous amount of confidence into the side.

Team News

San Jose Earthquakes will be without striker Innocent Emeghara for the long-term, while Mark Sherrod, Steven Lenhart, Shaun Francis and Jean Baptiste-Pierazzi are all doubts.

Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath still has a few injury worries as Pedro Ribeiro and Kevin Molino remain sidelined, while Lewis Neal, Tony Cascio and Aurelien Collin remain doubts. Tally Hall and Martin Paterson both made their first appearances for the club last week and will be pushing for starts.

Key Points

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

Orlando City’s last five: L/L/D/L/W

Key Stat: San Jose Earthquakes have recorded the lowest average possession statistic in MLS this season with 45.1%. Orlando have the third-highest record with 52.6%.

Key Player: Chris Wondolowski – All eyes will be on Wondo this weekend as he looks to score his 100th MLS regular season goal against the Lions. He will become just the ninth player to do so if he can grab a goal here.

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Score Prediction

San Jose Earthquakes 2-2 Orlando City – Expecting goals in this one but neither side looks likely to win it. Orlando will be buoyed from their result last week and should avoid defeat but the Quakes have been really solid of late so a tie could be the outcome here.

Manchester United to face two-time MLS Cup winners in July

Manchester United have confirmed that they will play a preseason friendly tour match against two-time MLS Cup winners San Jose Earthquakes at California Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, July 21st of this year.

The Premier League club released a statement on their official website yesterday confirming the dates, venues and opponents of their 2015 tour of the USA in which they will also face Club America of Mexico’s Liga MX, Spanish giants FC Barcelona and French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Manchester United’s full 2015 USA tour:

  • Club America – Friday, July 17th – CenturyLink Field, Seattle
  • San Jose Earthquakes – Tuesday, July 21st – California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley
  • FC Barcelona – Saturday, July 25th – Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara
  • Paris Saint-Germain – Wednesday, July 29th – Soldier Field, Chicago
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Richard Arnold, United’s group managing director, is happy to see the club returning to the USA once again and has described how high the interest is among fans who are desperate to see the team play.

“Manchester United teams have been visiting San Francisco since the 1960s, so we are delighted to be coming back for the fourth time this summer,” Arnold told Man United’s official website.

“Tickets for our match against Barcelona – four days after this fixture in nearby Santa Clara – have already sold out. This level of demand and interest in Manchester United and soccer makes it an exciting time to be returning to the Bay area.”

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Arnold also eluded to how the game against the Quakes has a strong meaning given the fact that one of United’s club legends used to play for them.

“San Jose Earthquakes and Manchester United share a special connection with the great George Best playing for both sides during his illustrious career. I’m sure the Earthquakes will provide fitting opposition for the players when the teams meet for the first time this summer.”

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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: Colorado Rapids vs San Jose Earthquakes

Competition: Major League Soccer – Colorado Rapids vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Friday, May 8th – 22:00 ET (03:00 BST)

Match Odds: Colorado 1/1 – Draw 23/10 – San Jose 14/5

Match Preview

Colorado Rapids host San Jose Earthquakes on Friday night in the late game as the Western Conference rivals look to extend unbeaten runs.

The Rapids have drawn their last three games 1-1 against FC Dallas, New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy in their most recent game on Saturday night.

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Despite those positive results, they still sit at the bottom of the Western Conference and have yet to win at home, with their sole victory coming in that surprise 4-0 away win at FC Dallas.

The chances of beating the Quakes this week are slim too though as Colorado have not beaten San Jose since 2011, a run of ten games without victory has followed since.

San Jose travel to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for their fourth straight away game and have now gone unbeaten through their last two in the space of less than a week.

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A 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake last Friday was followed by a 1-0 road win at Houston Dynamo on Tuesday night and Dominic Kinnear’s side will be full of confidence ahead of this one.

These two met three times last year, with all three meetings ending in draws, two of which ended scoreless so there is very little to separate the two in what should be a tight game.

Team News

Colorado Rapids will be without midfielder Marcelo Sarvas for around four weeks as he recovers from knee surgery, while Marc Burch and Drew Moor remain doubts for the clash. Dillon Powers and Gabriel Torres have been in fine form of late and will look to prove the difference in front of their own fans on Friday night.

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. Chris Wondolowski looks set to start from midfield again as Adam Jahn starts up top after netting in the 1-0 win at Houston earlier this week.

Key Points

Colorado Rapids’ last five: W/L/D/D/D

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

Key Stat: There have only been three goals in the past four meetings between these two so a goalfest looks unlikely.

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Key Player: Gabriel Torres – The attacker has scored four goals this season and has netted all of those in his last five. He looks to be in fine form and will be a threat.

Score Prediction

Colorado Rapids 0-0 San Jose Earthquakes – Another draw looks the most likely outcome as these two have now tied in four of their last six. Goals are usually at a premium in these clashes and so this could be a tense, and nervy affair for both sets of supporters.