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San Jose Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo | 2017 MLS Match Preview

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo
2017 MLS Regular Season
Avaya Stadium – San Jose, Calif.
Saturday, September 16 – 10:30 pm ET
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Coming off their first home loss of the season, the Houston Dynamo will enter their matchup against the San Jose Earthquakes in jeopardy of dropping below the playoff line for the first time this season.

The Dynamo lost to the Colorado Rapids last Saturday night 1-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium and currently sit in fifth place in the Western Conference on 38 points. The Earthquakes are just two points behind them, having played one more game. San Jose aren't exactly flying high either, having lost 4-0 to Toronto FC on Saturday.

The Quakes have been much better at home rather than on the road under head coach Chris Leitch, winning four of their five matches at Avaya Stadium. They will look to continue that trend and push above the playoff line against a team who has just one road win in 2017.  

San Jose Earthquakes

  • Suspended: M Anibal Godoy (yellow card accumulation), M Darwin Ceren (red card)
  • Int’l Duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: D Harold Cummings (leg surgery), D Marvell Wynne (heart abnormality), D Francois Affolter (hamstring injury); QUESTIONABLE: D Nick Lima (thigh injury)

Projected Starting XI  (3-4-2-1): Andrew Tarbell — Kofi Sarkodie, Florian Jungwirth, Andres Imperiale — Vako, Fatai Alashe, Jackson Yueill, Shea Salinas — Chris Wondolowski, Tommy Thompson — Marco Ureña

Notes: The Quakes concluded a three-game road swing on Saturday at Toronto. They were shutout for the second time in their last three games in that contest, their fourth attacking shutout in their last eight matches.

Houston Dynamo

  • Suspended: M Alex (yellow card accumulation)
  • Int’l Duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: D George Malki (torn ACL), M Charlie Ward (dislocated right patella)

Projected Starting XI (4-3-3): Tyler Deric— A.J. DeLaGarza, Adolfo Machado, Philippe Senderos, DaMarcus Beasley — Juan David Cabezas, Ricardo Clark, Tomas Martinez — Alberth Elis, Erick "Cubo" Torres, Romell Quioto

Notes: The Dynamo have won two of the three all-time meetings between the teams at Avaya Stadium, including a 2-1 win last Aug. 19 in their last encounter in San Jose. The Quakes have won once at BBVA Compass Stadium in six meetings, a 1-0 win in 2015.

All-Time Series

  • Overall: Dynamo 9 wins (24 goals) … Earthquakes 9 wins (28 goals) … Ties 2
  • At San Jose: Earthquakes 5 wins (15 goals) … Dynamo 4 wins (11 goals) … Ties 1

Referees

Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referees: Cameron Blanchard, Jonathan Johnson
Fourth Official: Baboucar Jallow
VAR: Christina Unkel

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Season Stats

San Jose EarthquakesHouston Dynamo
28Games Played27
10Wins10
12Losses9
6Draws8
31Goals46
48Goals Conceded38
266Shots276
113Shots on Target136
299Fouls committed335
325Fouls suffered291
53Offside30
134Corners132

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
SJ910630311.1
HOU84753461.7
01234+Avg
SJ155201.6
HOU115332.5
01234+Avg
SJ851100.7
HOU732200.9

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
SJ86635481.7
HOU610722381.4
01234+Avg
SJ462011.1
HOU382000.9
01234+Avg
SJ404342.3
HOU325221.9
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