10/3 Regular Season SJ Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Pre Match Scouting Report
San Jose Notes and Injuries
Form — L-D-D-L-W (43 points, 7th place in Western Conference)
Last Week — The Quakes kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a nervy 1-0 victory against Real Salt Lake at Avaya. Matías Pérez García scored the winner with a deflected shot in the 87th minute as San Jose broke a four-game winless streak. Full highlights here.
- MPG removed his shirt as he scored the game winner, earning him a second yellow card and a suspension for Saturday’s match.
Fatai Alashe and Marc Pelosi are both away with the US-under 23s for Olympic qualifying and are unavailable. Pelosi also picked up a yellow card against RSL, and will be suspended for accumulation in the next game he is eligible to play.
Victor Bernardez returned from a hamstring injury against RSL, and apart from long-term injuries (Lenhart, Innocent, Stewart, Pierazzi) the Quakes appear fit.
- Bernardez will miss the Quakes clash against Sporting KC if he picks up a yellow card in Saturday’s match.
Vancouver Notes and Injuries
Form — W-L-W-L-L (48 points, 2nd place in Western Conference)
Last Week — A controversial late penalty in the 95th minute was cooly converted by David Villa as NYCFC pulled out a 2-1 win against Vancouver.
Pedro Morales and Octavio Rivero were both held out of the starting lineup against NYCFC due to fitness concerns, but both came on as substitutes.
- The Whitecaps have a host of players that will be suspended if they pick up a yellow card against the Quakes: Sam Adekugbe, Pa Modou Kah, Gershon Koffie, Steven Beitashour, Kendall Waston, and Cristian Techera.
Predicted Starting Lineup
The Quakes will happily welcome back Clarence Goodson into the starting XI after serving his suspension for yellow card accumulation. Anibal Godoy is a lock for one of the central midfield spots, but it is difficult to predict who will replace Pelosi as his partner with Alashe and MPG both unavailable. With Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi’s complete absence from the team in recent months, Tommy Thompson and JJ Koval seem to be the only options. Dom Kinnear may be forced to rework his tactics a bit if doesn’t like those choices.
Odds — Vancouver +160, SJ +159, Draw +235
The Quakes won the first meeting between these teams this season, with Sanna Nyassi providing the lone goal at Avaya in April. Vancouver struck back with a 3-1 win during the Quakes winless streak in July.
The Quakes moved up two spots to 13th in the mlssoccer.com power rankings after the win against RSL.
- Despite being in the thick of the Supporter’s Shield race, the Whitecaps moved down to 7th in the rankings following their second straight loss.
The Quakes have earned 33 percent of the points in their last five matches, scoring 1.2 goals per game while allowing 1.4 per game in that stretch.
Vancouver has taken 40 percent of the points in their last five MLS games, but have scored only 0.8 goals per match while allowing 1.4 per game.