At the beginning of the season, the San Jose Earthquakes had high expectations. A run at MLS Cup was not out of the realm of possibility. This was the team who won the Supporters’ Shield last season and scored 72 goals.
This season, however, has been a completely different story. San Jose has only 33 goals and currently sits in sixth in the Western Conference and needs a miracle of biblical proportions to make the playoffs. Mathematically, they still have a shot but they would need a win on Saturday, a Colorado Rapids loss on Sunday to Vancouver Whitecaps and San Jose would need to score 13 more goals than the Rapids. Though if anybody could overtake that margin, you’d think the team with Chris Wondolowski could do it.
San Jose only have themselves to blame for their early season six game winless streak which is the biggest contributing factor for them being in the position they are in right now. You wouldn’t think that San Jose had struggled at all this season by just looking at their current form — they are currently on a six match unbeaten streak and have only lost two of their last thirteen matches.
FC Dallas is preparing for a new chapter in their franchise after last week it was announced that skipper Schellas Hyndman would be stepping down after the season ends. Dallas came out and played inspired soccer last Saturday at home against Seattle Sounders FC resulting in a 2-0 victory — their ninth win at Toyota Stadium this season.
Dallas is really in need of a coaching change and now is the right time to do it. A coach who has been with a club for as long as Hyndman was with Dallas should not be given another year after only winning two of sixteen road matches. It is very difficult to go on the road and get a result but you cannot expect to contend for a championship let alone make the postseason with a road record like Dallas has.
FC Dallas travels to Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday October 26 for a 5:30 p.m. ET kickoff against the San Jose Earthquakes. This match can be seen on the NBC Sports Network.
Prediction: San Jose Earthquakes 3, FC Dallas 1
There are two statistics that caused this prediction to be the one that was gone with — San Jose at home this season has 10 wins, five draws and one loss while Dallas on the road has two wins, six draws and eight losses. Add in that San Jose must win and score at least 13 more goals than Colorado, you can expect a big number from them.