San Jose Earthquakes vs. New England Revolution | 2018 MLS Match Preview

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San Jose Earthquakes vs. New England Revolution
2018 MLS Regular Season - Week 16

Avaya Stadium — San Jose
June 13 - 10:30 pm ET

The San Jose Earthquakes are looking to combine another offensive explosion with a better defensive effort after a devastating 4-3 loss to LAFC at home Saturday night.

They welcome to Avaya Stadium a New England Revolution team that needed late drama of their own to rally and tie the Chicago Fire, 1-1, at Toyota Park on Saturday.

Will there be more fireworks on Wednesday? History says no, with the last two meetings between these two clubs ending in goalless draws.

The Revolution are unbeaten in their last five MLS games against the Earthquakes (3W-2D). They had won three of their previous 21 games against San Jose (14L-4D), per Opta.

San Jose Earthquakes

Trailing 2-1 at halftime after Vako put the hosts in front after 11 minutes, two goals by Chris Wondolowski 11 minutes apart gave San Jose (2-9-3) a 3-2 lead and it appeared the Earthquakes would leave Avaya Stadium with three points for the first time since opening the season with a wild 3-2 win over Minnesota United FC.

But then, Adama Diomande leveled with his second goal of the game in the 90th minute and Joao Moutinho netted the winner in the seventh minute of second-half stoppage time to silence the suffering 'Quakes supporters.

“This was absolutely the hardest defeat so far in my MLS career,” head coach Mikael Stahre said. “With just one minute left in the 90 minutes, we’re up 3-2 and two minutes later we’re losing the game. For me that is absolutely crazy, but I’m proud of the players’ commitment and energy. We followed the game plan, especially in the second half.”

  • Suspended: D - Kevin Partida
  • Suspended after next caution: M - Anibal Godoy
  • International duty: M - Anibal Godoy, D - Harold Cummings 
  • Injury Report: OUT: D - Shea Salinas (hamstring injury)

Projected Starting XI
(4-3-1-2, right to left)
GK: Andrew Tarbell — Nick Lima, Jimmy Ockford, Yefferson Quintana, Fatai Alashe — Jackson Yueill, Florian Jungwirth, Magnus Eriksson — Vako — Danny Hoesen, Chris Wondolowski

  • Notes: Wondolowski has six goals in 12 games against New England since 2010. The rest of San Jose’s club has combined for two goals against the Revolution. … The Earthquakes have suffered defeat in nine of their last 12 matches (1W-2D). They are hoping to avoid their first five-game losing streak in MLS play since 2009.

New England Revolution

New England (6-4-5) stretched their unbeaten run to four games with their third draw during that spell, rallying to tie Chicago on Saturday.

The hero again was Teal Bunbury, who extended his goal-scoring streak to four consecutive games with his ninth goal of the season after Diego Fagundez pressured goalkeeper Richard Sanchez to cough up the ball near the end line.

“I thought we had a lot of domination in the second half,” Brad Friedel said. “I thought we created a lot of opportunities in the second half – a lot of good opportunities. I thought we were a little bit unlucky that we didn’t score two or three in that second half.

“So I’m a little bit disappointed that we didn’t come away with all three points, but the boys showed a lot of character to claw back to 1-1.”

  • Suspended: D - Claude Dielna
  • Suspended after next caution: M - Luis Caicedo
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: M - Isaac Angking (illness), D - Chris Tierney (torn right ACL)

Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Matt Turner — Andrew Farrell, Antonio Delamea, Jalil Anibaba, Brandon Bye — Luis Caicedo, Kelyn Rowe — Krisztian Nemeth, Diego Fagundez, Cristian Penilla — Teal Bunbury

  • Notes: Bunbury has seven goals+assists since May 1, tied for the most of any MLS player. … New England have just one loss in their last five road games (1W-3D). They had suffered defeats in 16 of their previous 20 league road games (1W-3D).

All-Time Series

  • Overall: San Jose Earthquakes 20 wins, 68 goals … New England Revolution 14 wins, 50 goals … 7 draws
  • At San Jose: Earthquakes 10 wins, 38 goals … Revolution 6 wins, 25 goals … 4 draws
  • Last meeting at San Jose: San Jose Earthquakes 0, New England Revolution 0 (Aug. 24, 2016)


Referee: Dave Gantar
Assistant Referees: Ian Anderson, Jonathan Johnson
4th Official: Daniel Radford
VAR: Kevin Stott