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Two teams on the west coast want to extend their unbeaten runs on Friday if the Earthquake in San José play host to the Vancouver Whitecaps in the PayPal park.
The Quakes beat Los Angeles FC 2-1 on Sunday and are now unbeaten in their last seven games, while the Caps have drawn for the fourth time in a row, 1-1 against Los Angeles Galaxy.
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Slowly but surely, San Jose has climbed back into the battle for a playoff spot in the Western Conference, won three games for the second time last weekend and is currently only two points behind the black and gold for a post season slot.
This is the longest undefeated run for this team in the regular season since 2013, and it’s a big improvement for a team that went without a win in seven straight games prior to their current run.
They may still admit their share of goals, but recently a lot of that damage has been capped and only conceded multiple goals once in a single game in their last seven games.
Defensively, the Goonies appear to be struggling to keep the ball out of their own net at home, where they have given up eight goals in their last four games.
San Jose started this season with big goals, scoring 10 goals in their first four games, and they saw great success when they hit the net against Vancouver, scoring 11 goals in their last four home games.
The Quakes have never qualified for the postseason in consecutive seasons since the early 2000s, when they reached the playoffs five times in a row from 2001 to 2005.
Vancouver continues to fight hard, but they don’t seem to find the extra level to turn some of their draws into wins.
Like the Quakes, they are taking small steps in the right direction, are unbeaten in their last five games, but remain bottom of the table in the Western Conference with 16 points.
Marc Dos Santos saw his understaffed squad, lacking some key contributors, fight their way back against LA last weekend as the Caps accumulated five points in their last three games after being lost in the second half of their game last Sunday.
Staying organized, especially in transition and being more aggressive into the future, made a huge difference to the Caps’ recent success, and they’ll have to do more of it than a team that conceded just two goals all season.
Mid-year Vancouver is not where it would like to be, but the hope is that some of their newcomers can add that little extra they need to earn more points.
Before heading back to BC Place Stadium for their first regular game in front of their enthusiastic fans, starting Friday they must find a way to maintain their high energy levels with two games in five days.
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The quakes will be without Matt Bersano, and Jacob Akanyirigewho both have left knee problems while Benji Kikanovic has a problem with the right thigh and Eric Remedi is questionable in the case of a right lower leg problem.
Jeremy Ebobisse made his debut in San Jose on Sunday, coming on and on in the first half Javier Lopez in attack, as the club’s top scorer, scored his second goal in as many games.
Last Friday they made a deal with Vancouver and sent defenders Florian Jungwirth to the Canadian side in exchange for $ 200,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM), with an additional $ 100,000 in performance-based incentives.
The Whitecaps will miss their two biggest scoring opportunities with them Cristian Dajome breastfeeding a contusion of the right knee while Lucas Cavallini was eliminated in the first half against the Galaxy last weekend with a knee injury and will be out for the next six weeks.
Cristian Gutierrez has a left squaring while Bruno Gaspar saw his first action since May when he was substituted on in the last game, and the club also announced he was loaned forward Theo Bair for the rest of the season to Hamarkameratene in Norway.
midfield player Ryan Gauld made his first career MLS appearance against LA while Ranko Veselinovic got his head under a Deiber Caicedo Corner on Sunday and scored his first MLS goal of his career.
San Jose Earthquake’s possible starting line-up:
Marcinkowski; Nathan, Alanis, Beason; Fierro, Remedi, Yueill, Salinas; Espinoza, Lopez, Ebobisse
Vancouver Whitecap’s possible starting line-up:
Crpeau; Nerwinski, Godoy, Vesilinovic, Gaspar; Bikel, Jungwirth, Teibert, Gauld; Caicedo, white
Probability: San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
The Quakes were much better defensively and they will face an inexperienced Vancouver backline who will miss their best offensive weapons, which could make the goalkeeper’s life a lot easier JT Marcinkowski for a change.
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