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Downstream Game 13: Home against San Jose Earthquakes

San Jose Earthquakes v Colorado Rapids Photo by Timothy Nwachukwu/Getty Images

San Jose Earthquakes Stats

2020 Record: 2-5-5 W-L-T, 11 points, 12th in the Western Conference

Goals For: 17

Goals Against: 33

Last Result: Lost to Portland Timbers at home 1-6

Ahh, nothing quite like walking away from LA with 3 points. A solid performance from the kids—especially Cole Bassett, Sam Vines, and Jonathan Lewis—led to a 2-0 victory over the LA Galaxy that could have even had a higher scoreline. With that, the Rapids have gotten six points off of their last three games, and while it isn’t to say we’re back to late 2019 form, it has comfortably broken the streak we had since the MLS is Back Tournament of us going seven games without a win. The Rapids look to continue their form at home for a rematch against the San Jose Earthquakes as they continue their push to secure a playoff spot.

On September 5, the Burgundy Boys played against San Jose in a disappointing 1-1 draw on the road. The game wasn’t all that great, but it wasn’t entirely bad, either. Since then, we earned victories against Real Salt Lake and LA Galaxy, so we’re sitting six points higher than we were. San Jose since has gotten two points from four games and in two shocking losses to Seattle (7-1) and Portland (6-1), they currently sit in the bottom of the Western Conference and have the unfortunate honor of the worst defense so far in 2020.

Not much has changed for the Quakes since we last played them. The roster is the exact same, though they are dealing with numerous injuries. There is only one change, but boy is it a big one: effectively, the Earthquakes are in freefall. Fourteen goals allowed over four games while only scoring three. Winless over seven matches since the MiB tournament. Two games where they allowed six or more goals. They need to right the ship and their run of form has resulted in broken spirits and a bottom spot in the ESPN weekly Power rankings.

While all signs are pointing to us getting a win, we can’t approach the game with that mentality. With the fans potentially being allowed to go to games at Dick’s Sporting Good Park soon (not against either San Jose or the SKC game this weekend though), now is not the time to make easy mistakes. Now and through the rest of the season, we have to stay laser focused on playoffs. Keep the foot on the gas, keep a winning mentality going into the game, and a win should be ours.