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.

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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.

MLS Preview and Prediction: FC Dallas vs San Jose Earthquakes

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

Venue: Toyota Stadium – Saturday, March 7 – 20:30 ET (01:30 GMT – Sunday, 8)

Match Odds: FC Dallas 10/11 – Draw 12/5 – San Jose Earthquakes 3/1

Match Preview

FC Dallas entertain San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday in both sides’ opening game of the new 2015 Major League Soccer season.

Dallas ended their 2014 campaign in disappointment, being knocked out of the playoffs on away goals by Seattle Sounders, while the San Jose Earthquakes will be looking to end their horror run of 15 MLS games without a win as they start the new campaign with a clean slate.

Both sides have undergone some changes to the squad. Dallas have made changes in the hope of an improved season in the push for glory in the playoffs this time around, while the Earthquakes have had a rejig to freshen things up and try to put their nightmare run to an end.

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FC Dallas have bought in six new faces, including; Otis Earle, Kyle Bekker and Dan Kennedy and shipped out 12 players this offseason. Head coach Oscar Pareja will be hoping his side can bond quickly as they will need to get off the mark with the best possible start, as home advantage is an important factor for the opening game of any season.

San Jose Earthquakes nine signings this winter include the likes of Marvell Wynne, Innocent Emeghara and Paulo Renato, while 11 players have departed. Dominic Kinnear’s side need to hit the ground running too, as the longer they go without a win the more the streak will impact their mentality.

Confidence will be key for the surviving Quakes players out of last season’s roster. New faces in the dressing room should lift spirits and those new names could be key to avoiding sitting at the foot of the Western Conference again.

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Both sides should be feeling good ahead of the tie, with both teams winning four of their preseason games. San Jose will be in fine spirits after beating eventual playoff winners LA Galaxy last weekend, so there are lots of positives heading into the new season.

The San Jose Earthquakes’ away form was woeful last term and their last away win was in fact against FC Dallas, so they can take that positive into the tie. Dallas will be looking to avoid falling victim to the Quakes to avoid giving them their first away win in MLS in 12 attempts.

Team News

FC Dallas have the luxury of a fully fit squad. Match fitness shouldn’t be too far from ideal, but as we know there is a huge difference in the pace of preseason games in comparison to competitive fixtures.

San Jose Earthquakes will be without Mark Sherrod and Steven Lenhart (both knee), new signing Innocent Emeghara (shoulder), Clarence Goodson (foot) and Jordan Stewart (calf) could also miss out for the away side and are all doubts for the game.

Key Points

FC Dallas’ form: N/A

San Jose Earthquakes’ form: N/A

Key Stat: The Quakes’ last away win in MLS came at FC Dallas last May and they have not won their past 12 on the road. A lot has changed since that away victory in Texas last season but a repeat victory could be on the cards.

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Key Player: Fabian Castillo – The Colombian speedster notched ten goals in 27 regular season games last campaign, which saw him earn a bumper five-year contract this offseason. Dallas will be hoping his input can push them into the playoffs again and he will look to start the season with a goal as he did last year, netting the sides’ first goal of the 2014 campaign.

Score Prediction

FC Dallas 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes – FC Dallas began last season with a home win and need a repeat of that to get them moving in the right direction for the playoffs early on in the season. Given how tight the Western Conference looks set to be this year, it is essential to rack up points early and not be chasing the playoff pack. The Earthquakes are looking much better for the new season but this game might be too tough a test.