Quakes Head To Salt Lake Ahead Of Tough Stretch of Road Games
After an extended break thanks to Montreal’s CCL final run, the Earthquakes are returning to action May 1st at Real Salt Lake. The game against RSL will be the first of three important matchups against Colorado and Houston which will all be within a week.
The Quakes are rested up and will be ready to field a near fully healthy starting lineup for the game agaisnt RSL. A small calf injury to Chris Wondolowski and Jordan Stewart’s long term injury should be fully healed, and Quakes fans should be excited to see what the full lineup will be able to produce.
I think it is doubtful that Kinnear gives Thompson the start, but his solid outing in the last game against New York shows me that he is ready to get the minutes he needs to develop into to a top player. Apart from that, there aren’t many changes to be expected. Kinnear could go with the 4-2-3-1 and put Emeghara out wide again with Wondolowski up top by himself, but that has proven to be ineffective in previous games.
Real Salt Lake will be a relatively even match up for the Quakes. They were able to come into Avaya Stadium earlier in March and take 3 points in a very frustrating loss for the Quakes.
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The players to RSL players to keep an eye on will be Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales. Morales has been instrumental for RSL’s offense this year, and it will be key for the Quakes to shut him down if they want to pick up the win. Beckerman will be shadowing Matias Perez Garcia for the night, and he did a good job of doing so in their last meeting. The Quakes will need to get the offense going through Perez Garcia if they want to pick up the three points.