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San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake | 2016 MLS Match Preview

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake
Avaya Stadium | San Jose, California
Saturday, Oct. 1 | Week #30 | MLS Game #312
10:30 pm ET (MLS LIVE, CSN-Bay Area, KMYU)

A critical contest in the Western Conference playoff picture is ahead when the San Jose Earthquakes play host to Real Salt Lake on Saturday evening at Avaya Stadium. The Quakes return home in desperate straits, their overall winless run now at seven games following a 3-1 loss at the Montréal Impact at midweek that left them seven points below the red line. Real have a chance to secure their place in the postseason, despite seeing their winless and goalless streaks extended last weekend in a scoreless draw with FC Dallas at Rio Tinto Stadium.

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  • Simon Dawkins netted his fourth goal of the season and Henok Goitom collected his first MLS assist, but the Quakes suffered the 2-1 loss to Sporting KC on Saturday evening at Avaya Stadium, extending their home winless run to five games.
  • Real Salt Lake snapped a two-game losing slide but still saw their winless streak extended to four games, reaching a goalless draw with FC Dallas on Saturday evening at Rio Tinto Stadium. It was a third consecutive attacking shutout for RSL.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Chris Wondolowski put the Quakes ahead early, but Luke Mulholland evened the score in the second half for Real, leaving the teams in a 1-1 draw July 22 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
  • A year ago, each club won at Avaya Stadium by 1-0 scorelines; when the Quakes won in the final meeting, on Sept. 27, it was their first home win vs. Real since 2012. RSL had won twice on their previous four visits to San Jose, with two draws. The Quakes have won on two of their last six trips to Rio Tinto Stadium (with two draws).

REFEREE: Kevin Stott. AR1 (bench): Ian Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Cameron Blanchard; 4th: Younes Marrakchi
MLS Career: 292 games; FC/gm: 25.3; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 71; pens: 77

SUSPENDED: none
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: SJ: Anibal Godoy, Jordan Stewart … RSL: Sunday Stephen
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: SJ: Fatai Alashe, Darwin Ceren, Shaun Francis … RSL: Aaron Maund, Chris Wingert, Tony Beltran, Luke Mulholland
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none 

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (26 meetings): Earthquakes 8 wins, 33 goals … Real 9 wins, 37 goals … Ties 9
AT SAN JOSE (13 meetings): Earthquakes 5 wins, 22 goals … Real 5 wins, 18 goals … Ties 3

  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Chris Wondolowski put the Quakes ahead early, but Luke Mulholland evened the score in the second half for Real, leaving the teams in a 1-1 draw July 22 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
  • A year ago, each club won at Avaya Stadium by 1-0 scorelines; when the Quakes won in the final meeting, on Sept. 27, it was their first home win vs. Real since 2012. RSL had won twice on their previous four visits to San Jose, with two draws. The Quakes have won on two of their last six trips to Rio Tinto Stadium (with two draws).
  • Coaches record: Jeff Cassar vs. SJ: P7 W2 L1 D4 … Dominic Kinnear vs. RSL: P27 W12 L6 D9

LAST MEETING (MLS):
7/22: RSL 1, SJ 1 (Mulholland 64 – Wondolowski 9)

  • The Quakes opener came after nine minutes. Simon Dawkins' service from a corner kick bounced through a tangle of bodies in the six-yard box before Chris Wondolowski latched onto the ball and turned home his shot from close range.
  • But Real found the equalizer in the 64th minute, as Javier Morales chipped a pass inside the area which teammate Luke Mulholland ran onto, driving a full left-footed volley past Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham.
  • REAL SALT LAKE (4-2-1-3): Nick Rimando - Tony Beltran, Justen Glad, Aaron Maund, Chris Wingert (Demar Phillips 72) - Luke Mulholland (Jordan Allen 83), Kyle Beckerman - Javier Morales - Juan Manuel Martinez, Yura Movsisyan (Olmes Garcia 44), Joao Plata.
  • SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (4-4-2): David Bingham - Cordell Cato, Marvell Wynne, Victor Bernardez, Jordan Stewart - Alberto Quintero (Shea Salinas 63), Fatai Alashe, Anibal Godoy (Tommy Thompson 89), Simon Dawkins - Chris Wondolowski, Quincy Amarikwa (Chad Barrett 75).

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