Andy Rios starts, as does Oswaldo Alanís, and it appears Judson will be right back tonight?
First-ever match in Austin.— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) June 20, 2021
Here we go. #VamosSJ pic.twitter.com/0APga8BsL7
Austin start the game with this group, including former Quake Nick Lima:
First home game in #AustinFC history. First XI at @Q2Stadium. Let's do this, y'all!#AustinFC x @YETICoolers pic.twitter.com/JWn8TFR2lp— Austin FC (@AustinFC) June 20, 2021
The San Jose Earthquakes return to action following a three-week break in MLS play on Saturday when they help Austin FC open Q2 Stadium in MLS play, in the teams’ first-ever meeting.
The Quakes probably could have used the break, seeing as they are on a four-game losing streak at present, despite not playing especially badly as a group in that span. So hopefully they’ve reset and are ready to go, starting with Josh Wolff’s Austin FC team.
The expansion side got off to a good start in MLS play, picking up eight points in eight matches, all on the road. One figures they can do even better once they settle in at their new stadium, so I would not peg this Austin side as another FC Cincinnati, for sure.
Marcos Lopez is out for the Quakes, since he’s at the Copa América with Peru. San Jose has a bunch of guys on the injury report — Luciano Abecasis (thigh), Jacob Akanyirige (hip), Carlos Fierro (thigh), Benji Kikanovic (thigh) and Tommy Thompson (knee) — but they are all listed as questionable. I bet at least some of them will play. For Austin, they have a long injury list too, but nearly everyone is out: Ben Sweat (knee) Ulises Segura (knee), Danny Pereira (knee), Aaron Schoenfeld (knee) and old Quakes friend Danny Hoesen (hip). Only Hector Jimenez (knee) is questionable for the home side.
I think both teams will like their odds for this game, and that should make it an interesting clash. We know the Earthquakes never play scared, and they are unlikely to be daunted by having to play the spoiler for a stadium opening. Will that lead to a result? Let’s hope it does.
Our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook as of Friday evening have San Jose at (+250), Austin at (-104) and a draw at (+270). That means the Quakes are pretty big underdogs, and considering the occasion and recent form, that isn’t shocking.
How to Watch:
Saturday’s match between the Quakes and Austin FC will be televised nationally on UniMás and TUDN, which you can watch on FuboTV, and streamed on Twitter. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 6 pm PT with kickoff to follow at 6:08.