3/28 Regular Season NE Revolution vs. SJ Earthquakes – Scouting Report

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3/28 Regular Season NE Revolution vs. SJ Earthquakes – Scouting Report

San Jose Injuries/Updates

  • The Quakes will be without Fatai Alashe and Tommy Thompson, who will be on U-23 and U-20 USMNT duty. Thompson has not seen any playing time this season as of yet, but Alashe has started and shined for the Quakes in their last two games.
  • Steven Lenhart, Jordan Stewart, and Mark Sherrod are out indefinitely for the team. CB Paulo Renato will most likely not be in the top 18 for Saturday.
  • The Quakes are coming off of a 2-1 win at home against Chicago where they looked strong in the first half, scoring the first two goals of the game, but had some trouble as the game went on. They will have an opportunity to continue their two game win streak, and to rack up some early points against another weaker Eastern Conference opponent in New England.

New England Scouting Report

  • New England has looked very lackluster without Jermaine Jones this year and last year. Jones will be missing the match on Saturday. The Revolution could also be without Teal Bunbury, who is listed as questionable for Saturday.
  • New England is coming off of a 0-0 draw in their home opener against Montreal, and have yet to score a goal in the three games they have played this season. They are last in MLS in goal differential (-5).
  • New England has looked solid as far as possession is concerned, with an average of 48%, this season – so that is not the source of their woes this season.
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New England’s shot accuracy chart in their first three games.

  • New England simply isn’t finishing the opportunities they get. Their shots, even the ones in the 6 yard box and the penalty box, are not going on net. They have a lackluster shot accuracy of just 29%. (Or, in other words, only 29% of their shots are on net) They played much better against Montreal than they did against New York and Seattle, but were still unable to pull ahead at home against the Impact.

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  • The Quakes will be playing in the freezing cold, and likely the snow. Expect a small crowd, quiet atmosphere, and a very sloppy and messy game. The players in the starting lineup are relatively inexperienced with playing in the snow, apart from Marvell Wynne who spent a good amount of time with the Rapids.

Predicted Starting Lineup

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The Quakes will have Victor Bernardez available, but it’s doubtful that Kinnear will stray away from the duo of Goodson and Harden that had a solid game last time against Chicago.

Fatai Alashe will be on U-23 USYNT duty, and Jean Baptiste Pierazzi will have to come off of injury and step in. Pierazzi certainly hasn’t impressed in the same way that Alashe has this season, but he will have the opportunity to provide some more offensive play.

Apart from that, the Quakes have been blessed with good health. The rest of the starting lineup will probably look the same as the Chicago game.

Predictions

Despite the fact that New England has yet to score a goal this season, and the Quakes are on a bit of a win streak, this game may be a bit more difficult than most would expect. New England’s problems are not derived from possession or their lack of scoring opportunities created, but rather their problems with finishing. If New England can start to finish the chances they are creating, they have a solid chance of getting three points

However, I think the Quakes will come out of the contest with at least a point in the Saturday morning matchup. I think New England will score their first goal of the year, but the Quakes will end up on top with a 2-1 victory.

Anay Patel

I have been a lifelong Quakes fan, and founded Quakes Epicenter in November of 2014. I have been credentialed to cover the Quakes since the 2015 season, and currently serves as the lead editor of the website. Outside of the Quakes, I am currently a student at the University of Southern California studying Computer Science and Business Administration.

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