3/6 Opening Day: SJ Earthquakes vs. Colorado Rapids Pre Match Scouting Report

San Jose Notes and Injuries

Last Year — 47 points, 7th place in the Western Conference (missed playoffs)

  • The Quakes start the season off with a number of injury problems, with Cordell Cato, Fatai Alashe, Jordan Stewart, and Marc Pelosi all unavailable.

  • Matías Pérez García is suspended for his red card in the last match of last season.
  • New signings Chad Barrett, Alberto Quintero, Simon Dawkins, and Andrés Imperiale are all available for selection on Sunday.

  • The Quakes begin season with a new kit sponsor in Sutter Health and a new away jersey.

 

Colorado Notes and Injuries

Last Year — 37 points, 10th place in the Western Conference (missed playoffs)

  • The Rapids went through significant offseason turnover, and have a host of new signings available on Sunday: GK Zac MacMath, D Mekeil Williams, D Eric Miller, M Michael Azira, M Marco Pappa, M Zach Pfeffer, M Shkelzen Gashi, and F Conor Doyle.

 

Predicted Starting Lineup

While manager Dom Kinnear may not have his first choice XI available or even set in his mind yet, he did indicate that he would give the starters more of the minutes in last week’s final preseason friendly against the New York Cosmos. With that in mind, r/SJEarthquakes user u/mjbatt put out a likely starting XI. The backline of Francis, Goodson, Bernardez, and Wynne remains unchanged from the end of last season. Anibal Godoy will be nearly undroppable if he plays at the level he did last season, as is true for Chris Wondolowski. Dawkins should be ready to slide back in to the lineup for the first time since 2012, and Quintero should get a start for his debut with MPG and Cato both out. Innocent is available for selection, but hasn’t played 90 minutes since April 2015 and seems unlikely to start after seeing limited preseason minutes.

Matchup

Odds — San Jose +110, Colorado +210, Draw +225

  • San Jose lost last year’s season opener 1-0 playing at FC Dallas. The Quakes have not won their season opener since 2012.

  • The Quakes open the season at 14th in the mlssoccer.com power rankings.
  • Colorado starts the season where they finished: last in the power rankings.

Photo: sjearthquakes.com

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