After a thrilling midweek draw against the Chicago Fire, D.C. United will return to Audi Field on Saturday to face the San Jose Earthquakes. The Black-and-Red will be looking for their win since the beginning of May. They currently sit in the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference but will be looking for three points to widen the gap between them and the other top teams. Here is everything you need to know about D.C. United’s next opponent.
After a difficult start to the season, the San Jose Earthquakes have found success in their recent matches. They are 3-1-1 in their last five games, with wins over Toronto FC, the Chicago Fire, and FC Cincinnati. They sit in the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference standings, just below the playoff line. Overall, they are 5-6-2 with a -4 goal differential.
Players to Watch
Chris Wondolowski is a critical aspect of the San Jose Earthquakes offense. He recently broke Landon Donovan’s record for all-time goals in MLS and has six goals in his last two games. He leads the team in goals scored this season, but other notable goalscorers include Shea Salinas, who has four goals and two assists, and Cristian Espinoza, who has two goals and leads the team with six assists.
While the San Jose Earthquakes have recently found a groove with scoring, they have been unable to defend well all season. They have three shutouts, including a recent 1-0 victory over FC Cincinnati. But they have a -4 goal differential, having allowed 24 goals this season. Daniel Vega, their goalkeeper, has 43 saves in the 2019 season.
This will be the first time D.C. United has faced the Quakes so far this season and San Jose’s first match at Audi Field. In 2018, D.C. United traveled to San Jose in May and earned a 3-1 win. The Black-and-Red defeated San Jose the year before as well, with a 4-0 victory at RFK Stadium.