5/24 Regular Season Regular Season SJ Earthquakes vs. Orlando City SC – Scouting Report

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San Jose Notes and Injuries

Form — L-D-W-D-W (17 points, 4th place in the Western Conference)

  • Last Week — The Quakes celebrated a return to Avaya after a three-game road trip by beating 10-man Columbus 2-0 off of goals from Chris Wondolowski and Shea Salinas.
  • After scoring last week, Chris Wondolowski is sitting on 99 career MLS goals, and another goal will make him just the 9th player in league history to hit the century mark.
  • Innocent and Steven Lenhart remain on the long-term injury list, although Mark Sherrod has inched closer to a return. No word on if he will be available on Sunday, however.
  • Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi remained out of the 18 last week as he continues to struggle to return for an ankle sprain.
  • Tommy Thompson is away on international duty with the U-20’s, and played the full 90 against Australia on Thursday. TT hit the woodwork twice and set up Joel Sonora’s equalizer as the U-20 MNT battled back from conceding an early goal to win 2-1.

Orlando City Notes and Injuries

Form — L-L-D-L-W (12 points, 5th place in the Eastern Conference)

  • Last Week — The Lions played twice last week, first suffering a 2-1 defeat to D.C. United after allowing two late goals before returning home to pick up their first home win in a 4-0 thrashing of the LA Galaxy.
  • Tally Hall, Pedro Riberio, and Kevin Molino are all out with long-term injuries.
  • Aurelien Collin missed OCSC’s previous game against LA with a hamstring problem, but should be available for selection on Sunday.
  • If he picks up a yellow card against the Quakes, Brek Shea will miss the OCSC’s match against Columbus the following week.

Predicted Starting Lineup

With a solid win last week, the Quakes are unlikely to see any rotation in the starting 11.

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Odds — SJ +261, OCSC +105, Draw +239

  • The Quakes moved up three spots in mlssoccer.com’s power rankings, and are now up to ninth. The left side of the Quakes formation — Shea Salinas and Jordan Stewart — made the MLS Team of the Week.
  • The Lions also moved up three spots to 14th in the mlssoccer.com power rankings following the demolition of LA. Cyle Larin and Kaká were named starters on the MLS Team of the Week, and Shea joined them from the bench.
  • San Jose has picked up 53 percent of the possible points in their last five games, scoring 1.0 goals per game and allowing 0.8 per game in that time.
  • Orlando City have taken just 26 percent of the points in their last five, scoring 1.4 goals per game while conceding 1.8 per game

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