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May 23, 2021 at 3am UK at Buck Shaw Stadium
EarthquakesSan Jose Earthquakes
1-3
KansasSporting Kansas City
Lopez (4')
Espinoza (9'), Rios (49')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Lindsey (15'), Pulido (60'), Salloi (75')
Lindsey (90')

Preview: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Sporting Kansas City - prediction, team news, lineups

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

The San Jose Earthquakes will look to put an end to their two-game losing streak on Saturday as they wrap up their three-game homestand when they host Sporting Kansas City from PayPal Park.

The Quakes have dropped into fifth place in the Western Conference after losing 2-0 to the Portland Timbers, while KC blanked the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 last Sunday.


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San Jose Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda during the second half against the Toronto FC at Earthquakes Stadium in February 2020© Reuters

In their opening four games of this campaign, Matias Almeyda and his side looked like an offensive juggernaut, scoring nine goals and winning three games.

On their current homestand, they have learned the hard way about the importance of staying sharp and not sitting back, especially when facing the top teams in the league.

Despite firing 20 shots in their past two matches against the Seattle Sounders and the Timbers, the Quakes have failed to score and have rarely looked as threatening as they did in their opening four fixtures.

Veteran striker Chris Wondolowski had an opportunity to change the outcome of their match last Saturday, but Timbers keeper Logan Ketterer did well to stop his penalty kick.

Saturday will be another stiff test for this team against a Kansas City side that are versatile and can beat you in various ways.

If San Jose fail to score again this weekend, there will be plenty of questions about how good this team is, especially since they have not gone scoreless in three straight regular-season games since 2018.

Last Sunday was much more like the Sporting Kansas City that we are used to seeing, as they defeated the Whitecaps comprehensively 3-0, in what was probably their most complete performance of the season.

Manager Peter Vermes saw his team dominate Vancouver, firing seven shots on target and completing 91.4% of their passes.

Scoring three goals against a team that heading into Sunday had conceded fewer than a goal a game on average will give Vermes's side a lot of confidence moving forward.

The win moved KC into a tie for third in the Western Conference with 10 points, just two behind the LA Galaxy in the standings.

KC have not won away from home since their opening match of the season, and they will be looking to avenge a 4-1 loss to San Jose in their last visit to PayPal Park in 2019.

This team has usually bounced back after losing on the road, as they did not lose back-to-back games away from home in the 2020 regular season.

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

Sporting Kansas City Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W



Team News

Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes pictured in August 2020© Reuters

San Jose goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski has let in half of the shots that he has faced in his last two games, conceding three goals off six shots against the Sounders and Timbers.

Chris Wondolowski enjoys playing KC, having scored 10 goals against them in his career with the Quakes, including the lone strike in a 2-1 defeat in their last meeting in 2019.

Goalkeeper Brooks Thompson is the only player unavailable for Peter Vermes, as he continues to battle back problems.

Tim Melia picked up his first shutout of the season on Sunday, while the investment in striker Alan Pulido appears to be paying off as the record signing for the Wizards now has three goals to lead the team.

San Jose Earthquakes possible starting lineup:
Marcinkowski; Abecasis, Beason, Alanis, Marie; Yueill, Remedi; C. Espinoza, Rios, Salinas; Cowell

Sporting Kansas City possible starting lineup:
Melia; Lindsey, llie, Fontas, Martins; R. Espinoza, Busio, Walter; Shelton, Pulido, Salloi


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We say: San Jose Earthquakes 1-3 Sporting Kansas City

Scoring goals came easily to the Quakes in their first four matches, but on their current homestand, the elite teams have shown them just how far they still have to go to become a contending team.

San Jose may have to go through some more growing pains against more solid sides like Kansas City before taking that next step.



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2Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia842295414
3Orlando City733184412
4New York City FCNY City7322137611
5Nashville SCNashville725096311
6CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
7Columbus Crew732276111
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta724197210
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls7304101009
10DC United8305811-39
11Inter MiamiInter Miami8224813-58
12Toronto7124812-45
13Chicago Fire7115411-74
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati6114615-94

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England8521117417
2Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia842295414
3Orlando City733184412
4New York City FCNY City7322137611
5Nashville SCNashville725096311
6CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
7Columbus Crew732276111
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta724197210
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls7304101009
10DC United8305811-39
11Inter MiamiInter Miami8224813-58
12Toronto7124812-45
13Chicago Fire7115411-74
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati6114615-94

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