On the road, the Quakes lost 1-0 in the season opener last year to Dallas, and lost the season finisher 2-1. Could the third time be the charm?
There are three things that need to happen in order for San Jose to have a chance to take points home in Frisco. Probably the most important thing is seeing Goodson in the starting XI. Dallas is a threat to score at any time, and the Quakes defense without Goodson has allowed four goals in two games. If the Quakes want points, either Goodson must start, or a miracle must happen on the left-hand side of the defensive line.
Second, Quincy must finish. For the season, Quincy has just a 20% shot-on-goal per shot attempt percentage. Despite his golazo, his finishing was missing, especially last game versus D.C. United. This is also not an isolated incident with Quincy, as last season he was a 33% shot-on-goal converter, which was near the bottom of the league for forwards. Quincy needs to step up his shots on frame and do it fast.
Third, the Quakes need to see Marvell Wynne have a great game. Dallas will be running with Max Urruti, a potent goal-scorer on the left-hand side of the attack. Right-back Marvell must contain him, not get beat on the attack, and win those duels.
Some minor concerns should come at left-back and midfield. Whoever starts at left-back (Colvey, Francis, or Sarkodie) must have a stellar game and not get caught in a bad position. Without Goodson there to direct traffic, I would expect to see Francis make the start for his experience; let’s hope he doesn’t get caught ball-watching as he did versus D.C. United. Also, and possibly more importantly, will be the return of Simon Dawkins from suspension. If Dawkins returns and the Quakes return to the impotent style of offense fans saw in preseason and the first three games of the regular season, don’t expect a win or tie in Dallas.
I’m predicting a 4-1-3-2. I also think Shea gets the start over Quintero on the left, along with Dawkins, Fatai, and MPG. I’m also hoping/predicting Goodson can get back in the lineup (he’s listed as OUT on the injury list as of last week, Godoy is questionable). Dallas may be without Mauro Diaz, but should have the rest of their starting core ready to play: Urruti, Castillo, Acosta, Hollingshead, Loyd, Hedges, Figueroa, and Barrios.
Final score prediction: 2-0 Dallas. Left-back problems and Goodson being out are two huge concerns; Quincy’s finishing hasn’t been there this season. Hopefully we can turn it around, but right now it feels like a two goal loss on the road.