Will lighting strike twice?
The Quakes took three points from Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday in their own house, a team with the highest point-per-game average in the league. Tonight the Quakes play D.C. United in DC, the team with the most points in MLS.
The Quakes will be playing the 4-4-1-1 they used against Sporting Kansas City with Wondo playing behind Amarikwa up top, Cato, Fatai, Godoy, and Salinas as the midfielders, and Wynne Bernardez, Goodson, and Francis on the back line. Bingham is slated to start.
D.C. will field a squad with veteran goal-scorer Chris Rolfe, veteran mid Perry Kitchen, and a solid defensive line which has allowed just 29 goals on the season in 26 games. The good news is that 2014 goalkeeper of the year Bill Hamid is still out after surgery and Costa Rican forward Jairo Arrieta will be on the bench.
If the Quakes can rekindle the magic of Sporting KC with that 4-4-1-1 set, the Quakes could come home with all six points. D.C. has shown they can “play down” to lower-standing opponents with losses to Philly (then in last place), NYCFC, and Orlando on the season. Unfortunately, United also have a +11 home goal differential, so winning in RFK Stadium will be a difficult task.
Was Wednesday’s performance a sign of the Quakes being that good, or Sporting not showing up against a team they thought they should roll over? That’s the question which will be answered tonight. But considering that D.C. United have also struggled this month, Wondo’s reemergence as a forward (as opposed to a box-to-box forward/mid), and the arrival of Godoy as the new holding mid, I think it’s enough to give United a run for their money, so I am predicting a 2-1 win! LET’S GO QUAKES!!!
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