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San Jose Earthquakes Look To Keep Undefeated Streak Going

San Jose Earthquakes

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After playing to a draw against a challenging LA Galaxy side which kept the majority of possession causing Jon Busch to make quite a few saves, the San Jose Earthquakes return to Buck Shaw Stadium this Saturday at 10:30pm on MLS Live (CSN-BA; TWCS-TX).  The Earthquakes will take on an FC Dallas side which is on an eight game unbeaten streak in MLS play after winning against the Colorado Rapids last weekend.  FC Dallas also played in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for a chance to hold the final round in Frisco, losing in penalty kicks to the Philadelphia Union.

This meeting of the Earthquakes and Dallas is the third of the season, with the Earthquakes winning both prior games (one at Buck Shaw and one at FC Dallas stadium).  A win and three points could be pivotal for each team as Dallas sits in third place in the Western Conference, while the Earthquakes find themselves in eighth place and eight points from the final playoff spot.

The Earthquakes also have a winning record in match ups between these two teams at Buck Shaw Stadium, with an all-time record of 25-16-11.  According to the MLS injury report, the Earthquakes will still find themselves without two key players, forward Steven Lenhart and midfielder Yannick Djalo.  Lenhart is still recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, and Djalo, who is nursing a hamstring injury, was injured in the Earthquakes 1-0 defeat of the Seattle Sounders two weeks ago at Levi’s Stadium.  Earthquakes Head Coach Mark Watson inserted newcomer Matias Perez Garcia into the starting 11 in place of the injured Djalo.  There is definitely that option for him again this week, as well as a few others.  Most notably of all news from the Earthquakes this week was the deal which traded forward Alan Gordon to the Los Angeles Galaxy for allocation money.  This move ended the era of the “Bash Brothers” which were what Lenhart and Gordon together were nicknamed.

Dallas Head Coach Oscar Pareja will also be dealing with some changes to his starting 11 as he has a few injuries and also some players with tired legs from the match with the Union earlier this week.  Most notably for Dallas when discussing injuries is starting Goalkeeper Chris Seitz who suffered his injury in the 71st minute of the match between Dallas and the Union and had to be substituted for Raul Fernandez.  With Dallas having a quick turnaround, will Pareja go with Fernandez in goal again or choose to insert Richard Sanchez.

Will Dallas keep their place in the playoff hunt, or will the Earthquakes continue to gain momentum to make it into the playoffs after starting the year off on a sour note?

Jasmine Stefanik is a soccer writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. Follow her on Twitter @pinkbutterflyy6 , and like her page on Facebook.

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