April 20, 2018 / 6:45 PM / 9 months ago

Streaking Orlando City welcomes struggling Earthquakes

Two teams headed in different directions face off Saturday in MLS play when the San Jose Earthquakes make the trip across the country to take on Orlando City.

Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. EDT at Orlando City Stadium.

The fortunes of the two clubs are contrasting. Orlando City (3-2-1) has won three straight and is coming off a 2-0 road win against Philadelphia. The streak started with a 4-3 win over the New York Red Bulls, followed by a 3-2 win over Portland.

The Earthquakes (1-2-2) opened the season holding serve at home, beating Minnesota United 3-2, but has not won a game since. Last week the team tied Houston 2-2 in San Jose.

While it still is early in the season, San Jose finds itself well back in the Western Conference standings, occupying 10th place out of 12 teams. With five points, the Earthquakes are only three points behind sixth-place Colorado but need a win to keep pace.

If there has been a bright spot for San Jose it has to be goals in back-to-back games from Magnus Eriksson, the Designated Player for the team. On the flip side, those two goals are tied for the lead in scoring for San Jose.

Danny Hoesen and Vako each have a pair of goals on the season for a San Jose team that has only nine goals in its five games, and that includes the three in the opening match.

Orlando on the other hand, had only one goal in its first two starts, but has since rebounded with nine goals in the three-game win streak. Dom Dwyer leads the team with four goals.

The streak moved Orlando into a solid spot in the Eastern Conference, holding down the fifth spot with 10 points, seven back of front-running New York City FC.

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