San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season — Week 18
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake
 Ayava Stadium — Los Angeles 
July 6 - 10:30 PM ET


Real Salt Lake look to extend an unbeaten streak to a season-high four games when they head to northern California to face a San Jose Earthquakes team looking to bounce back from a midweek loss at Minnesota United. 

RSL (8-8-2) made it back-to-back clean sheet victories on Wednesday, beating Columbus Crew SC, 1-0, at Rio Tinto Stadium. Sam Johnson scored the lone goal in the 38th minute, finding himself in position to score after a booming clearance from Aaron Herrera inside his own 18-yard box. Johnson raced past two Columbus defenders and clinically finished a bouncing ball into the bottom corner. 

The Earthquakes (7-7-4) had a six-match unbeaten streak snapped with a 3-1 loss at Allianz Field Wednesday. Tommy Thompson canceled out Darwin Quintero's opening strike with an equalizer in first-half stoppage time before Michael Boxall and Kevin Molino added second-half goals to lead the Loons.

San Jose Earthquakes

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Anibal Godoy (M) - abdomen surgery
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Harold Cummings (D), Marcos Lopez (D)
  • International duty: Nick Lima (D)

Real Salt Lake

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Jordan Allen (M) - knee injury, out for season
    • DOUBTFUL: Tony Beltran (D) - knee injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Nedum Onuoha (D) - adductor injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Sam Johnson (F) - quad injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Everton Luiz (M), Aaron Herrera (D)
  • International duty:  None

Series Matchup at Earthquakes

  • Earthquakes: 7 wins, 26 goals
  • Real Salt Lake: 5 wins, 24 goals
  • 4 draws


  • Referee: Rubiel Vazquez
  • Assistant Referees: Jose Da Silva, Gjovalin Bori
  • 4th Official: Ismir Pekmic
  • VAR: Malik Badawi

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