Tanner Beason makes his season debut, in place of Oswaldo Alanís, who is not in the squad. Otherwise the XI is as it was last week.
S Q U A D— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) May 2, 2021
Who are you excited to see play?@intermedia_net | #VamosSJ pic.twitter.com/mCW8fgDtHG
Here’s who D.C. are rolling with for MLS after dark.
We're ready to play ✨ at night ✨#VamosUnited pic.twitter.com/YHPXljiaON— D.C. United (@dcunited) May 2, 2021
The San Jose Earthquakes had such a great home opener for the 2021 season they hope they can repeat the feat Saturday night when they host D.C. United for the teams’ first meeting since 2019.
The Quakes beat FC Dallas 3-1 last week, a game that was both tight for the opening stretch and also kind of a total blowout in the end, with goals from Oswaldo Alanís, Cristian Espinoza and Cade Cowell. Coming off a rough opening half the week before in Houston, the victory allayed some fears that the Quakes may need several weeks to find their form.
They’ll be facing a new-look D.C. United team that has a new coach, Hernan Losada, who resembles Matias Almeyda in a few ways, and are going through a total makeover. They won a wild game against New York City FC on opening day before they were bested 1-0 on the road against the New England Revolution last week. Who knows what to expect, in other words.
Chris Wondolowski is suspended for this game after his red card in the last match, while Jacob Akanyirige is ruled out with a hip injury. Both Marcos Lopez and Luciano Abecasis are listed as questionable this week, so they could feature. D.C. United are missing a whole heap of players, including several players who started last season, although with a new coach who knows who would be first choice and who would be pushed aside. Either way, this will largely be a new-look D.C. side.
Can the Quakes pick up another win at home or will D.C. prove to be a tricky opponent? We’ll see how it goes but this could be a fun one.
Our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook as of Friday evening have San Jose at (-113), D.C. at (+325) and a draw at (+235). That means the Quakes are huge favorites, which sounds wonderful if they can come through and notch the victory.
How to Watch:
Saturday’s match between the Quakes and D.C. United will be televised locally on NBC Sports California and in the rest of the United States on ESPN+. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 8 pm PT with kickoff to follow at 8:08.
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