9/27 Regular Season SJ Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake Pre Match Scouting Report
San Jose Notes and Injuries
Form — W-L-D-D-L (40 points, 7th place in Western Conference)
Last Week — The Quakes saw their playoff hopes fall further with a 3-2 loss at NYCFC last Saturday. San Jose’s four-game win streak in August seems a distant memory as the Quakes failed to win for the fourth straight match.
- Victor Bernardez is back in training, but it isn’t clear if he will return this weekend from a hamstring injury.
Even if Bernardez is unable to go, the Quakes will have to play with a makeshift back line, as Clarence Goodson is suspended for the match due to yellow card accumulation.
Bernardez, Marc Pelosi, and Fatai Alashe are each one yellow card away from suspension, and will miss the match against Vancouver should they pick up a caution on Sunday.
Real Salt Lake Notes and Injuries
Form — L-W-L-W-W (38 points, 9th place in Western Conference)
Last Week — RSL continued their late push for a playoff place with a 3-0 shelling of the LA Galaxy at home, and go into Sunday’s match knowing they can move as high as seventh with a win. RSL also played midweek in the CONCACAF Champions League, notching a 2-1 win against Salvadorian side Santa Tecla.
Jordan Allen and Demar Phillips are both one caution away from suspension, and will miss RSL’s trip to Colorado if they receive a yellow card against San Jose.
Predicted Starting Lineup
The best case scenario for the Quakes would be to have a fit Bernardez return to the lineup, which would allow for some more flexibility in Dom Kinnear’s team selection. If he loses the fitness race, Marvell Wynne may be the only other option at center back, particularly given Kinnear’s post-match comments about Paulo Renato when Bernardez was initially hurt. In this case, Cordell Cato will most likely revert to right back after featuring on the left last week. Aside from Shea Salinas retaking his starting spot, the midfield and attack should be unchanged.
Odds — Real Salt Lake +310, SJ -110, Draw +250
RSL won the first matchup between these two teams with a 1-0 win at Avaya in April. The May match at Rio Tinto Stadium played out to a 1-1 draw.
The Quakes have sunk all the way to 15th in the mlssoccer.com power rankings, down from 9th a few weeks ago.
- RSL has been moving the opposite direction, and is now up to 12th in the rankings
The Quakes have taken only 33 percent of the points in their last five matches, having blown a lead in three of those games. San Jose has scored 1.2 goals per game while allowing 1.4 per game in that stretch.
RSL has grabbed 60 percent of the possible points in their last five MLS matches, and has scored 1.6 goals per game and conceded 0.8 per match in that time.