San Jose Earthquakes v New York Red Bulls – MLS
14 Apr 2016, Avaya Stadium, 02:30 GMT +0
San Jose Earthquakes have performed well this season winning twice, losing twice and picking up the draw at Dallas at the weekend. Performances have been pretty good as well and strikers Amarikwa and Wondolowski have both been playing well and scoring goals as the side looking impressive moving forward. The side haven’t kept a clean sheet since the opening day of the season however and will need to turn around their defensive fortunes if they want to carry on their decent form this season. Goodson being out injured hasn’t helped and the side will want him to return quickly to shore things up at the back.
San Jose come into the match with New York Red Bulls with six injury worries. Definitely out of the game will be Marc Pelosi, Jordan Stewart, Cordell Cato, Chad Barrett and Clarence Goodson. Anibal Godoy will be doubtful for the game with a knee injury. David Bingham will continue on in goal and his defence is likely to stay the same with Marvell Wynne and Shaun Francis occupying the full back positions with Victor Bernandez and Andres Imperiale playing in the central defensive positions. The midfield will see Alberto Quintero playing on the right hand side with Simon Dawkins playing on the left. Fatai Alashe and Tommy Thompson playing in the central areas allowing Quicky Amarikwa and Chris Wondolowski playing up front.
New York Red Bulls haven’t enjoyed a good start to the season, losing four of their opening five games and conceding the most in the league with 11. They’ve also only scored four, all in one match against Houston and have problems throughout the team.The defensive issues at the club have been prominent with key defenders out across the back line. This however has masked the problems further up the pitch with the side failing to score in four of the five games so far this season and with main striker B. Wright-Phillips failing to find the net so far this season.
Red Bulls will be missing some key defenders once again with their defensive injury crisis still in full force. Damien Perrinelle, Gideon Baah. Kemar Lawrence and Ronald Zubar all out injured. Gonzalo Veron will also be out injured for the game. There are no other injury worries for the side though and Felipe Martins is available once more after serving his suspension. Luis Robles will start in goal and the rest of the team is also expected to remain the same with Sal Zizzo, Chris Duvall, Karl Ouimette and Connor Lade playing across the back line. Sean Davis has played well in Felipe Martins absence and should keep his spot alongside Dax McCarty. The attacking midfielders are likely to stay the same with Lloyd Sam, Mike Grella and Sacha Kljestan playing behind Bradley Wright-Phillips.
San Jose come into the game after securing a good draw against Dallas and a draw at home to DC United. The performances have been reasonable with the side scoring in each game this season and being in good goalscoring form will make the entire side confident that goals will occur within the side. On the other side we have NYRB, who will come into this game missing a lot of confidence. The season has not gone well for them so far and they’ve lose four out of five, conceding a league high and failing to score in four of the matches they’ve played, with their only goals and points coming in the 4-3 win over Houston. The form of Bradley Wright-Phillips will also be a concern as the striker has failed to find the net so far this season and missed a penalty and a stonewall chance last weekend against Sporting KC and looking like he has zero confidence in the penalty area.