Benji Kikanovic gets the start for San Jose after his debut goal in the last match:
How we're lining up tonight in Colorado. pic.twitter.com/MFcGlFRf7u— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) July 18, 2021
Colorado roll with this XI on the night:
The San Jose Earthquakes are coming off a break in the campaign and a decent draw on the road, and they’ll attempt to get back in the win column on Saturday when they face the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
The Earthquakes last took on Minnesota United, posting a solid 2-2 draw against a team that has been a boogeyman for San Jose in recent years. Since then, they’ve had two weeks off to rest, recuperate and train ahead of the next run of games, and they still have an eight-game winless run that they’ll try to snap in this game.
The Rapids have only lost three times this season but have been a bit all over the place so far. Robin Fraser seems to be finding some traction with a homegrown-heavy squad, although leading fullback Sam Vines is on international duty and rumored to be on the verge of a move to Europe.
Tommy Thompson is out on the injury report with a knee ailment, while Carlos Fierro (leg) and Judson (back) are questionable. Jackson Yueill is on international duty, so he’s out as well, but Marcos Lopez could make his return after over six weeks away on international duty. In addition to Vines, Jonathan Lewis and Kellyn Acosta are out for Colorado while on international duty, while Younes Namli is listed out on the injury report.
Can the Earthquakes begin the next chunk of games with a good result on the road? Or will the Rapids continue their unbeaten run against the Quakes? Here’s hoping this is a great game for the visiting team.
Our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook as of Friday evening have San Jose at (+450), Colorado at (-170) and a draw at (+330). That means the Quakes are big underdogs on the road, so we’ll see what happens.
How to Watch:
Saturday’s match between the Quakes and Rapids will be televised locally on NBC Sports California and streamed in the rest of the United States on ESPN+. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 6 pm PT with kickoff to follow at 6:08.