With at least one home game in the playoffs already clinched by the Philadelphia Union (15-9-7, 52 Pts, 3rd Place Eastern Conference), they take the long road trip to play the San Jose Earthquakes (13-13-5, 44Pts, 7th Place Western Conference), a team far from having their post-season destiny decided.
Union/San Jose Earthquakes Series History:
San Jose barely owns this series 4-3-4, with goals for and against tied at 13. The U are 1-2-2 in San Jose, the last match there being a 2-2 draw on 8/19/17.
Last Time Out:
Both teams are coming in on losses this past weekend. The U put a dent on their quest for the top of the table with a 2-0 loss at the New York Red Bulls. The Quakes also on the road, lost 3-1 to Atlanta United FC.
San Jose Earthquakes Notes:
The Earthquakes have a lot to play for being only four points out of 4th place, but at the same time just five points away from 9th. They have no injuries listed, but do have two players suspended, MF Cristian Espinoza and F Chris Wondolowski. Wondolowski is their leading scorer with 14G, including 4 game winners. Espinoza is their leading Assist guy with 12, 5 leading to game winning goals, so these are considerable losses for them. They also have four players who will be suspended with another caution, Ds Harold Cummings and Marcos Lopez, and MFs Judson, and Anibal Godoy.
The Union’s problems, besides the dreaded west coast trip, are two limiting injuries in D Mark McKenzie, and F Sergio Santos both with balky hamstrings. Along with the short rest, this will limit Head Coach Jim Curtin‘s selection a bit. As lightly played as he has been MF Marco Fabián found a way to get himself in a position to be suspended after his next caution, so that is another thing Curtin has to think about in setting the XI.
This is a tough one to call. Despite the Quakes losing two top players, they are at home, where they are 10-3-2, and they are in a more desperate position than the U. On the other side Philadelphia needs to wash away the smell of the loss in NJ, and start gaining momentum for the playoffs, and to move up into the 2nd spot to get two home matches.
I am going to call this a 2-2 Draw.