After scoring both goals last Friday night, one by Chris Wondolowski for the Earthquakes and one own-goal by Victor Bernardez for Real Salt Lake, San Jose visits the Houston Dynamo with an eye on all three points on offer (Follow all the action inside the #Quakes74 FanKave).
Wondolowski's first half goal, which was controversial to say the least, gives the Quakes talisman striker four for the season -- half of the team's eight total goals. It came after he appeared to be in an offside position when he received the ball, but the goal was ruled good when RSL's Kyle Beckerman and Jamison Olave were adjudged to play the ball toward goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
Wondolowski will look to increase his MLS tally when he faces the Dynamo on Tuesday night (kickoff from BBVA Compass Stadium is 5:30 p.m. Pacific time) -- a team that he has not scored upon in five career appearances. Wondo has 97 goals all-time in league play, but not a single one against Houston, a team he played for between 2006 and 2009.
The Earthquakes will be without fellow designated player Innocent when they face the Dynamo (the game will be televised live in the Bay Area on CSN Bay Area and will stream live online via MLS Live). A casualty of the 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake, Innocent will be given the night off to recuperate from a knock suffered last Friday. Third year forward Adam Jahn is likely to start in his place.
Head coach Dominic Kinnear will be facing his former team for the first time on Tuesday after a stint in Houston that lasted from 2006 to 2014. Kinnear was the only coach the Dynamo ever knew before this season, having followed the franchise to Houston following two seasons as head coach of the previous Earthquakes in 2004 and 2005.
Kinnear will lead a team that has been stingy of late on defense -- the Quakes did not allow a single shot on target to RSL last Friday -- against a side that has given up eight goals in its last two matches. On the same night that the Earthquakes earned a point at Rio Tinto Stadium, the Dynamo were shellacked by Texas rivals FC Dallas 4-1 on their home pitch. Both teams have collected ten points this season and are part of a four-team group tied for sixth place in the Western Conference.
San Jose Earthquakes starting line-up against Houston Dynamo
Following Tuesday's game, the Earthquakes will travel directly to Colorado for a match-up against the Rapids this Friday night. The Quakes return home to play the Columbus Crew on Saturday, May 16, at Ayava Stadium.