Quakes Start Run of Three Games In Eight Days Against Dynamo

San Jose Notes and Injuries

Form — W-D-D-D-W (31 points, 7th place in Western Conference)

  • Last Week — The Quakes finally grabbed their first away win of the season, beating Vancouver 2-1. Full highlights here.

  • A month ago, the Quakes were on a winless streak that stretched 66 days. San Jose has yet to lose since snapping that skid.
  • David Bingham made the MLS Team of the Week starting XI, and Alberto Quintero was named to the bench.
  • Anibal Godoy will be suspended if he picks up a yellow card in the match due to accumulation.
  • Long-term San Jose injuries: Marc Pelosi, Mark Sherrod, Bryan Meredith, Clarance Goodson, Kofi Sarkodie.
  • Innocent is listed as questionable with “illness”.

 

Houston Notes and Injuries

Form — D-L-D-D-L (21 points, 10th place in Western Conference)

  • Last Week — The Dynamo took a point from their match against Toronto FC, squeezing out a 1-1 draw despite playing 45 minutes with 10 men.

  • Demarcus Beasley is out after having minor knee surgery last month, and Ricardo Clark is questionable with an adductor strain. Clark came on as a second half substitute against Toronto.
  • Abdoulie Mansally is suspended for his red card against Toronto.

 

Expected Starting Lineup

Expect manager Dom Kinnear to go with a very similar lineup that came away with a win in Vancouver last week. One difference could be in the center of the park, with Darwin Cerén ready to slot into the starting XI after impressing as a substitute. Fellow new signing Henok Goitom, on the other hand, will most likely be on the bench, but could see some second half minutes depending on how the match goes for the Quakes.

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Matchup

Odds — Houston +280, SJ -125, Draw +230

  • This is the third matchup between these two teams this season. The Quakes won the first at home 3-1, then drew in Houston three weeks ago.
  • The Quakes stayed at 12th in the mlssoccer.com power rankings as the team stays on the cusp of the playoff spots.
  • Despite extending their winless streak to six games, Houston moved up one spot to 17th in the power rankings.
  • Last five San Jose matches: scored 1.2 goals per game, allowed 0.8 per game.
  • Last five Houston matches: scored 0.6 goals per game, allowed 0.8 per game.

 

Photo: mlssoccer.com

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