6/9 Regular Season: SJ Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas – Scouting Report
San Jose Notes and Injuries
Form — W-D-W-D-L (18 points, 7th place in the Western Conference)
- Last Week — The Quakes travelled to Toronto and were beaten 3-1, despite the hosts missing Jozy Altidore due to injury. While San Jose held the majority of possession, Giovinco continued his sparkling form and Luke Moore proved a very capable replacement for Altidore with a goal and an assist. Former Quake Justin Morrow opened the scoring on a headed ball from Giovinco’s cross.
- The Quakes continue to be hammered by the unorthodox MLS schedule, with Fatai Alashe and Tommy Thompson still away with the U-23 and U-20 U.S. National Teams, respectively. Sanna Nyassi has been called up for Gambia for a friendly against Uganda and an AFCON qualifier against South Africa, and will be unavailable on Sunday. On a more positive note, Alashe did score a tap-in goal against Costa Rica.1
- Clarence Goodson came off early in the game against Toronto with a hamstring problem, and his return date is unknown.
- Innocent and Steven Lenhart remain on the long-term injury list, but Mark Sherrod played his first minutes of the season as a second-half substitute against Toronto. Shaun Francis and Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi also returned to the bench, but did not feature.
- Matías Pérez García was held out of the match against Toronto FC with a reported left leg injury, but is not listed on the MLS injury list.
FC Dallas Notes and Injuries
Form — W-W-D-L-L (21 points, 3rd place in the Western Conference)
- Last Week — FC Dallas was stomped by Sporting Kansas City 4-0. Zach Loyd was sent off for a second yellow just before halftime, and SKC took full advantage with three goals after the break.
- Dallas will also be missing several players due to international call ups. Blas Pérez is away with Panama, as is new signing Rolando Escobar. Kellyn Acosta and Jesse Gonzalez are at the U-20 World Cup with the U.S. and Mexico, respectively.
- Loyd will serve his one game suspension on Sunday, and Fabian Castillo is questionable with a knock.
Predicted Starting Lineup
The Quakes should see a few changes from last week, even with Dominic Kinnear facing limited options. Sherrod could start up top in place of Adam Jahn, but Jahn will start if Sherrod is deemed unready for that many minutes coming off a long-term injury. Cordell Cato should be in line to replace Nyassi, but JJ Koval will most likely keep his spot in place of Alashe. Should MPG be unable to pass a fitness test, Khari Stephenson or Pierazzi will take his place. Paulo Renato should fill in for the injured Goodson.
Odds — SJ +120, Dallas +180, Draw +228
- The Quakes moved down two spots in mlssoccer.com’s power rankings to 11th, and down three spots to 10th in ESPN’s rankings.
- After being smashed by Sporting KC, Dallas was knocked down to forth in mlssoccer.com’s rankings and seventh in ESPN’s rankings.
- San Jose has taken 53 percent of the possible points in their last five games, scoring 1.2 goals per game and allowing 1.0 per game in that span.
- Dallas have picked up 47.5 percent of the points in their last five as there hot early-season form has cooled off in recent weeks. The Hoops have scored 1.4 goals per game while conceding 1.6 per game in that time.
1 Gif credit reddit user /u/seb408