Major League’s Soccer’s 20th anniversary will feature a rematch of the original MLS match at Spartan Stadium: D.C. United versus San Jose Clashquakes.
The Clashquakes are hurting defensively. Anibal Godoy will be out for the next several weeks, along with Jordan Stewart and Shaun Francis. Clarence Goodson is questionable, and probably won’t suit up. Some good news: newly signed defender Kofi Sarkodie is signed, ready for action, and should be in the match-day 18.
The Clashquakes will also be without several midfielders. Cordell Cato is still rehabbing from injury, Marc Pelosi is sidelined for another three months, and Simon Dawkins is suspended due to a straight red.
Without Godoy, Dawkins, and a vulnerable D.C. United defense, I’m expecting the Clashquakes play a 4-3-3 with Wynne, Bernardez, Imperiale, and Colvey/Sarkodie on the backline, Alashe, Perez Garcia, and Quintero at the midfield, and *hopefully* Innocent, Wondo, and Amarikwa at forward.
D.C. United is missing Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Sarvas, and starting ‘keeper Bill Hamid is out due to injury.
D.C. United is still looking for their first win of the season with four games played. DCU has given up eight goals in four games, which points to a very susceptible defensive line.
Expect a flat 4-4-2 defensive setup with Lamar Neagle pressing the attack alongside Favian Espindola. Steven Birnbaum should start at center-back with Bobby Boswell. Midfielders Nick DeLeon, Chris Wolfe, and Patrick Nyarko should all be in the starting XI.
Just like 20 years ago, the Clash won 1-0, I’m predicting another 1-0 Clashquakes victory, Innocent with the game-winner.