SAN JOSE, Calif.
7:30 pm PT (FSC; HDnet; CSN-DC)
A pair of teams still trying to figure out which way the 2005 season will lead meet in Silicon Valley. The Earthquakes have scored just three goals in their last five matches as they try to retool following a quartet of significant injuries, but they've also won only once on the tight confines of the usually difficult Spartan Stadium. D.C. United has traded wins with losses for the past four weeks - and for the last seven weeks, alternated being shut out and hitting for three goals. Their last match was a 2-0 loss to FC Dallas, which followed a 3-2 win against Kansas City.
REFEREE: Jair Marrufo. SAR (bench): George Gansner; JAR (opposite): Emiliano Monje; 4th: Ramon Hernandez
MLS Career: 28 games; FC/gm: 31.1; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 6; pens: 14
Games involving Earthquakes: P6 W4 L1 T1; FC/gm: 28.2; Y/gm: 2.2; R: 1; pens: 1
Games involving United: P6 W4 L1 T1; FC/gm: 36.3; Y/gm: 4.8; R: 1; pens: 2
INJURY REPORT: SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES - OUT: DF Craig Waibel (R knee torn ACL/LCL); FW Brian Ching (R hamstring strain); MF Brian Mullan (L ankle avulsion fracture); DF Troy Dayak (L knee torn ACL) ... D.C. UNITED - OUT: MF Steve Guppy (Achilles tendonitis)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: DC: MF Clyde Simms (USA; June 4 v Costa Rica); FW Freddy Adu (U.S. U-20 national team; FIFA World Youth Championship)
YELLOW PERIL: SJ: DF Danny Califf (10 CP in 2 gms)
ALL-TIME (22 meetings): Earthquakes 11 wins (3 shootout), 34 goals ... United 8 wins (0 shootout), 37 goals ... 3 draws
AT SAN JOSE (11 meetings): Earthquakes 6 wins (1 shootout), 18 goals ... United 2 wins (0 shootout), 14 goals ... 3 draws
D.C. United saw their modest two-game home winning streak come to a crashing halt, a double within seven minutes from Carlos Ruiz giving FC Dallas a 2-0 victory on Saturday night at RFK Stadium. The defending MLS champion fell to fifth place in the Eastern Conference - and out of the playoff picture - with 11 points from nine matches, one point behind the MetroStars, just one out of last place and a full 10 points behind first-place New England Revolution.