4/11 Regular Season SJ Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps – Scouting Report

4/11 Regular Season SJ Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps – Scouting Report

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San Jose Injuries/Updates

  • San Jose will be without their 3rd DP Innocent, who was suspended for 1 game after a confrontation with the referee against Real Salt Lake.
  • The back line is slowly making its way back to full health: Paulo Renato and Marvell Wynne will likely make their return to the lineup, but Jordan Stewart and Shaun Francis are still out.
  • Steven Lenhart and Mark Sherrod are still listed as out indefinitely.
  • The Quakes are coming off of a frustrating loss against Real Salt Lake, in which they had several solid opportunities on net, but in the end were not able to sustain any kind of attack. The midfield looked very lackluster, and the game was overall played very sloppily. This was partially due to the fact that JJ Koval and Cordell Cato were forced to play the LB/RB positions, but mainly because the Quakes midfield was not able to get the ball into the attacking third.

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Vancouver Whitecaps Scouting Report

  • Vancouver has been by far the most impressive team this season in MLS. Despite the fact that their team is lacking the “big name” that Seattle or LA might have, they’ve been able to string together a team that is solid defensively and has a dangerous attack.
  • The Whitecaps are coming off of a draw against Columbus just 3 days ago at home. There will definitely be some tweaks to the lineup, which will allow the Quakes a much better chance to get at the Caps in the upcoming game. Head Coach Carl Robinson has stated that he will be giving some players breaks for the game on Saturday night.
  • Octavio Rivero leads the league in both shots, shots on goal, and goals. He has a shot accuracy of 65% this year, and he is finishing the opportunities he gets. Apart from a few small blunders in Vancouver’s game against Orlando City, Rivero has been near perfect. If the Quakes can take Rivero out of the picture – and prevent him from being fed the ball, they will do just fine.ksBkVSE
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All of Rivero’s goals have been scored in the box.

  • Vancouver, much like San Jose, is not a team that will dominate possession. Most of Vancouver’s goals have either been scored off of set pieces or on the counter attack.

Predicted Starting Lineup

This is the lineup that I’d like to see happen, but I find it a bit unlikely given the fact that Kinnear hasn’t given Tommy Thompson any minutes this year.

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I’d like to see Kinnear give Tommy Thompson a chance in tonight’s game against Vancouver. He could be the one that provides the spark for the Quakes offense. However, I find the following lineup more likely:

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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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