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Jul 25, 2021 at 3am UK at Buck Shaw Stadium
EarthquakesSan Jose Earthquakes
1-1
HoustonHouston Dynamo
Valentin (45+5' og.)
Cardoso (70')
Fierro (90+7')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Vera (40')
Picault (53'), Parker (57'), Vera (68'), Urruti (90+8')

Preview: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

San Jose Earthquakes take on Houston Dynamo in the MLS Western Conference on Saturday, with both sides needing to win to keep themselves within touching distance of the playoff positions.

The Earthquakes are currently five points adrift of Minnesota United in seventh position, while Houston are three points ahead of their forthcoming opponents and therefore able to move into the playoff places with a victory.


Match preview

San Jose Earthquakes team before the game on June 23, 2021© Reuters

The Earthquakes, who were involved in the first ever MLS game in history when beating DC United 1-0 in 1994, have struggled to rediscover their successful early years, only reaching the playoffs twice in the last eight seasons.

However, Matias Almeyda did narrowly guide them there again last season, albeit crashing out in the first round, as was also the case before his time at the club in 2017.

The Earthquakes famously won the MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003, and they also reached the quarter-finals in 2005 and 2012 after ranking first overall in the MLS league season.

Those days feel an awfully long time ago for Quakes fans now, with a winless league run of 10 games heading into Saturday's test against Houston hardly boosting their hopes of them returning any time soon.

Almeyda's side were dreadfully unlucky not to see that run come to an end last time out, however, with Nathan Cardoso's second-half strike looking like providing them with a crucial victory before Daniel Salloi's injury-time equaliser for Sporting Kansas City broke San Jose hearts.

Houston Dynamo FC head coach Tab Ramos reacts on June 24, 2021© Reuters

Houston are in a very similar boat to the Earthquakes in truth, having only reached the playoffs once in the last seven years, when they reached the semi-finals in 2017.

Like their upcoming opponents, Houston have also won the MLS Cup, magnificently lifting it in their first ever seasons in the MLS in 2006 and 2007.

After finishing as runners-up in 2011 and 2012, Orange Crush have failed to live up to those heights ever since.

Former USA international Tab Ramos, who was brought in as head coach in October 2019, has not had a dramatic impact on the team's performances, but they are at least in the mix this time around.

However, a winless run of seven league games heading into Saturday's trip to San Jose has stalled their progress somewhat, with something surely having to give between two out of form sides on Saturday.

San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer form:
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • D

Houston Dynamo Major League Soccer form:
  • D
  • D
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • D



Team News

San Jose Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda on May 30, 2021© Reuters

Earthquakes are likely to remain without Matt Bersano and Carlos Fierro due to knee and thigh injuries respectively.

Jackson Yueill is also unavailable for his club due to being on international duty with the United States, who are competing in the Gold Cup, while Judson is suspended after seeing red following Kansas' late equaliser on Wednesday.

Houston appear to have a full squad at their disposal, with no known injuries or suspensions.

Ethan Bartlow, who suffered from concussion in April, finally returned to a matchday squad for the weekend's defeat to Seattle, but is unlikely to be involved from the start on Saturday.

San Jose Earthquakes possible starting lineup:
Marcinkowski; Salinas, Nathan, Alanis, Beason, M.Lopez; Espinoza, Remedi, E.Lopez, Cowell; Kikanovic

Houston Dynamo possible starting lineup:
Maric; Valentin, Parker, Junqua, Lundqvist; Corona, Jones, Vera; Picault, Urruti, Rodriguez


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We say: San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Houston Dynamo

The Earthquakes have drawn four of their last six, with five of Houston's last six matches ending as stalemates, too, so it is hard to envisage anything other than a share of the spoils on Saturday.

Both sides' confidence are low, with their winless runs combining for a total of 16 games, and we believe that could continue beyond the weekend.



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DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
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SAILING
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BOXING
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6Columbus Crew166641716124
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1New England RevolutionNew England17113333211236
2Orlando City168442621528
3Nashville SCNashville1669125151027
4New York City FCNY City1582530161426
5Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia176742117425
6Columbus Crew166641716124
7CF MontrealMontreal166462120122
8DC United166372118321
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls155372020018
10Atlanta UnitedAtlanta162861621-514
11Toronto163582133-1214
12FC CincinnatiCincinnati153571729-1214
13Chicago Fire163491828-1013
14Inter MiamiInter Miami143381224-1212

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