The San Jose Earthquakes are in need of a spark to turn around a tough start to the season. A second win over the improved Minnesota United certainly would help.
The Earthquakes, winless in their last seven, take on Minnesota on Saturday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. San Jose will be looking for its first road win of the season.
“We haven’t put together the right things at the right time of any game the right way,” San Jose captain Chris Wondolowski told the San Jose Mercury News. “One side of the ball isn’t going to be enough. Doing one thing isn’t enough at any position. Our message: We’ve scored goals but we’ve conceded a lot.”
San Jose has conceded at least one goal in 13 straight games, dating back to last season.
Minnesota (4-0-6) has won two in a row at home and sits in fifth place on the Western Conference table. The Loons will be looking to avenge an opening 3-2 loss at San Jose. The Earthquakes jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind a pair of goals by Danny Hoesen and one from Valeri Qazaishvili. United’s Kevin Molino scored twice in the final 15 minutes of the match, but Minnesota couldn’t find an equalizer.
The United are coming off a disappointing 2-0 midweek loss at Los Angeles FC. The Loons conceded a pair of goals, described by coach Adrian Heath as “soft.”
“We’ve got a couple days to get prepared for what’s going to be another big game for us,” Heath said. “We’ll watch the video on the way home and decide what we’re going to do.”
San Jose lost 1-0 at home to the Portland Timbers last Saturday, the Earthquakes’ third straight defeat. San Jose (1-2-5) is in last place in the Western Conference standings.
“We know it is a long season,” Wondolowski added. “But we also said we can’t rely on that. It’s time to look internally and everyone needs to raise their game.”
—Field Level Media