The San Jose Earthquakes look to rebound after seeing their 10-match unbeaten streak come to a halt when they visit FC Dallas on Saturday in Frisco, Texas.
The Earthquakes (6-8-8, 26 points) pieced together a 3-0-7 run before allowing a goal in the 89th minute of a 1-0 setback to the Colorado Rapids last weekend. The loss loomed large for San Jose, which resides in 10th place in the Western Conference.
“Looking at the table, three points would have helped us a ton, and a point would have been a little better,” Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas said. “There’s a feeling of frustration and disappointment, but we know there’s 12 games left. We have a big game against Dallas (Saturday). A lot of these games are head-to-head West Coast games, so we have to put another run together.”
San Jose still is embracing another streak, however. The Earthquakes extended their unbeaten streak against FC Dallas to seven matches (4-0-3) following a 3-1 victory on April 24.
Cristian Espinoza scored in that match. However, the homegrown attacker’s availability for Saturday’s contest is in jeopardy due to an undisclosed injury.
FC Dallas (6-10-7, 25 points) are attempting to end a modest streak on Saturday. They have dropped back-to-back contests at home after recording at least a point in 18 straight matches at Toyota Stadium.
Dallas finished up a three-match road swing with a 1-1-1 mark, capped by a 3-2 setback to Real Salt Lake last weekend.
“It’s a final. That’s kind of been the theme and I think we’ve acted on it in recent games and then we haven’t. We’re trying to find that consistency,” FC Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez said. “We’ve had some really high moments in games, and then in that same game, we have some low moments where we lose our focus. So that’s something that we talked about and we’re very aware that we need a 90-plus minute game where all 11 players are focused and engaged.”
Homegrown forward Jesus Ferreira has three goals and an assist in his last two matches, including one of each against Real Salt Lake.
–Field Level Media