The Quakes (3-4-1) play their second of three road games tonight (Tuesday, May 5th) against their demon-seed offspring Houston Dynamo (2-3-4) at 5:30pm on CSN+. It will be head coach Dom Kinnear’s first return to Houston, where he won two MLS Cups immediately after their relocation from San Jose in 2006.
Houston and the Quakes share 10 points between them on the table, so the winner will jump into a tie for fourth with Sporting KC and L.A. Galaxy, with goal differential as the tie-breaker.
Houston Scouting Report
Houston will field F Giles Barnes, who is second in the MLS in goals, as well as his set-up man and USMNT veteran Brad Davis. If the Quakes can neutralize these two players, which I believe they will, our defense should bag a clean-sheet. They will also have an opportunity to help out the MLS leader in saves, Tyler Deric, as Houston’s defense is extremely vulnerable. They have allowed a league worst 39 shots on goal and an average of 1.33 goals/game, both are at the bottom of the league.* Also be on the lookout for USMNT staple DaMarcus Beasley on defense.
Innocent is injured, so this might change up the formation! Dom has stuck with the 4-3-3, despite all its failures, but with Innocent out, it may be different. I would LOVE to see a 4-1-3-2 with Wondo and Tommy up top, MPG, Shea, and Cato at mid, Alashe at DM, and Wynne, Goodson, Renato, and Stewart on the back line. But if history has shown us anything with Kinnear, it’s to expect a 4-3-3 which morphs into weirdness during the game.
Final Score Prediction
Houston’s defense is not good, while I feel our defense is great. Maintaining possession and setting up attacks will be the key. I think the Quakes will win 2-0, if not 3-0.
Rookies Sports Bar in San Jose always hosts a viewing party. Other than that, I believe SF Athletic Club will be hosting, as well as the Commonwealth Cafe in Oakland.
*Stats courtesy of MLSSoccer.com. All stats are current at time of publication.
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