On Saturday, MLS saw the most goals scored in one day. Amazingly, there were more goals scored than seconds in the Rousey/Correia fight. Let’s see if that scoring streak continues today.
The Quakes (7-9-4) went 0-for-July, losing four league games, two international games, and the US Open Cup game. All the games were played without Wondo save Vancouver, which saw Wondo play his second game in as many days. With a new month, the Quakes need to start putting things together to make a playoff run.
San Jose is in ninth place, seven points behind Portland (9-8-5) for the final playoff spot. The good news for San Jose is that Portland is tied for the league worst road goal differential at -13 (Columbus and Philly). This might be the game the Quakes start to make a run of their own, or fade quietly into sunset of the 2015 season.
Portland also has a streak of their own to correct: they are winless in their last three games. However, Portland beat San Jose earlier in the season in a game in which Portland dominated the match statistically, but only managed one goal in stoppage time to seal the win. Look out for DP Forward Fanendo Adi to be the #9 for Portland, speedy midfielders Diego Chara and Darlington Nagbe to press the counter attack, Diego Valeri as the CAM, and a defense anchored by DP CB Liam Ridgewell and CB Nat Borchers, and Jamaican international Alvas Powell.
Goodson is listed as questionable, but I would expect him to play. If he is eligible, I would expect Dom to use the “same old” 4-1-4-1 formation, only this time with a healthy lineup. Quincy will probably start up top, along with Wondo, MPG, Pelosi/Cato, and Shea/Sanna in the midfield. Alashe has been a solid contender for rookie of the year and should start at defensive mid. Wynne, Vic, Goodson, and Stewart should all be ready to go, although Renato may start in place of Goodson. Bingham will be minding the net. I REALLY want to see Wondo up top with Shea at LW, Pelosi and MPG in the middle, and Cato at RW. Save Quincy for a 60-minute spark-plug-sub if we’re down. But I fear Dom is going to go down with the ship with Wondo at mid, and take the team with him. 🙁 Such is the life of Quakes fans this season.
Final Score Prediction
It’s do or die, and I have a bet with a PTFC buddy of mine on a season aggregate score between the Quakes and Timbers (loser has to take a picture of himself wearing the other team’s kit and use it as their twitter picture for a week). My final score prediction based upon PTFC’s poor away record, the fact we almost stole a win in Portland without five key players in our lineup, our desperate need to turn things around, and the fact we’ll finally have our full complement of players for the first time in months, I am predicting a 3-1 Quakes win.