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.

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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: 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 Vancouver Whitecaps

Competition: Major League Soccer – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps 

Venue: Avaya Stadium – Saturday, April 11th – 10:30 ET (03:30 BST)

Match Odds: San Jose Earthquakes 7/5 – Draw 12/5 – Vancouver Whitecaps 9/5

Match Preview

San Jose Earthquakes welcome Western Conference leaders, Vancouver Whitecaps, to Avaya Stadium this Saturday.

The Quakes have lost their last two after back-to-back wins and are sitting seventh in the Western Conference after five weeks of play.

Their 1-0 defeat to Real Salt Lake last weekend was a disappointing result but not a lot can be done to avoid conceding a goal like Javier Morales’ strike, so Quakes can feel a little hard-done by, especially as they showed promise for much of the game.

The Whitecaps’ four-game win streak came to an end on Wednesday night with their 2-2 draw against the Columbus Crew. After losing their first of the season, Carl Robinson has been getting it right and his side are now leading the way in the Supporters’ Shield standings after going unbeaten in five.

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Vancouver’s impressive run is being helped no end by the scintillating form of forward Octavio Rivero, who has five in six and tops the MLS scoring charts early on this season.

For the Quakes, Chris Wondolowski has enjoyed a good start to the season too and has netted three in five. His partnership with Innocent Emeghara could prove to be a hit this campaign, though the two will not feature together this weekend as Emeghara is suspended.

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The last two meetings between these two in San Jose have ended 0-0 so we are hoping for a bit more entertainment in their first clash at Avaya Stadium.

Team News

San Jose Earthquakes are littered with injuries at the moment as Mark Sherrod, Steven Lenhart, Jordan Stewart, Paulo Renato, Marvell Wynne and Shaun Francis are expected to miss out. They will also be without Innocent Emeghara as he is suspended for one game so Dominic Kinnear has his options limited.

Vancouver Whitecaps are set to be without three as Andre Lewis, Mauro Rosales and Marco Bustos are set to miss out. Gershon Koffie is battling a knee injury but should be fit to play. We could see some changes from Carl Robinson after his side played on Wednesday night and he could be looking to keep things fresh with squad rotation. Kekuta Manneh started that game on the bench but should start in this one.

Key Points

San Jose Earthquakes’ form: L/W/W/L/L

Vancouver Whitecaps’ form: W/W/W/W/D

Key Stat: Unbeaten – The Whitecaps haven’t lost to the Quakes since 2012 and given their form, it’s hard to see past that run continuing.

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Key Player: Octavio Rivero – If the service is as good as it has been all season we could see Rivero continue his remarkable scoring run.

Score Prediction

San Jose Earthquakes 1-2 Vancouver Whitecaps – The Quakes have suffered two losses on the bounce and given how good the Whitecaps have been, they should still be top of the Western Conference after the weekend.

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.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes

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

Venue: CenturyLink Field – Saturday, March 15 – 22:00 ET (02:00 GMT – Sunday 15)

Match Odds: Seattle 1/2 – Draw 3/1 – San Jose – 11/2

Match Preview

San Jose Earthquakes visit CenturyLink Field on Saturday night to take on reigning MLS Supporters’ Shield winners Seattle Sounders in both sides’ second games of the new season.

There were opposite fortunes on the opening weekend for the two sides as Seattle comfortably beat New England Revolution 3-0 at home, while San Jose lost 1-0 away to FC Dallas.

Seattle will be heavy favourites for this one, especially when taking into account the fact that San Jose have failed to win in their last 16 MLS games.

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Couple that with a Sounders front line that boasts Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey and this one looks like a Seattle win is almost a certainty.

It is however, not all doom and gloom for the Earthquakes as they were only beaten in added time by a very good Dallas side last week. A Blas Perez winner sealed that game but San Jose gave a good account of themselves and have positives to build upon.

The Quakes are underdogs here, and a Seattle win is to be expected. However, anything can happen in MLS and you can never fully rule any result out.

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This will be another chance to see just how good Seattle are after last week’s comfortable win and the key battle will be San Jose’s defence against Seattle’s deadly strike partnership.

The three meetings last season were evenly split as both teams won 1-0 on home soil before playing out a 1-1 draw at CenturyLink Field in the most recent meeting.

Team News

Seattle Sounders: Osvaldo Alonso is still a few weeks away from being match fit as he has been dealing with a groin problem. We’re expecting the Sounders to be unchanged from the New England game after such a commanding display.

San Jose Earthquakes: Clarence Goodson and Jordan Stewart are both doubtful as they missed the Dallas game last weekend. Mark Sherrod and Steven Lenhart are both out but new Designated Player Innocent Emeghara will be pushing for a first start up front.

Key Points

Seattle Sounders’ form: W

San Jose Earthquakes’ form: L

Key Stat: San Jose Earthquakes have failed to score in their last five MLS matches.

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Key Player: Clint Dempsey – After scoring a brace on the opening weekend, we expect Dempsey to cause havoc and don’t be surprised if he ends up with a hat-trick. He looked in the mood last week and always plays best at home.

Score Prediction

Seattle Sounders 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes – The Quakes are not strong enough to cause an upset in Seattle this weekend and the Sounders should go on to record another comfortable victory. Back-to-back clean sheets would be another major positive for the Sounders and San Jose’s attack is unlikely to threaten too much.