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Downstream Game 8: Away to San Jose Earthquakes

There are three major reasons why the Rapids should get three points this weekend.

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San Jose Earthquakes Stats

2020 Record: 2-2-2 W-L-T, 11th place in the Western Conference

Goals For: 13

Goals Against: 18

MLS Is Back: Made it to the semifinals, lost against Minnesota United

Last Result: Lost against LAFC 5-1

San Jose Earthquakes… a team that has been an unfortunate comparison for us in the last few years. They have yo-yoed up and down the standings a lot the last few years, they’ve just managed to prevent us from earning the coveted Wooden Spoon award, and last year they ended up just shy of the playoffs and only two points ahead of us.

While Sporting Kansas City might be the team that we should try and model ourselves after, San Jose has felt very much like our closest cousins. Last year, they hired a good coach and started to turn things around, but they’re currently sitting below the playoff line. We both sit as 2-3-2, with a goal differential of -4 compared to their -5. The state of our two teams is pretty close, which makes this game all the more important.

The Earthquakes roster has not substantially changed since the last time we played them in 2019. They signed a few homegrowns and a few draftees, but nothing major. They transferred Magnus Eriksson to Djurgårdens in the Allsvenskan, aka the top league in Sweden. He was a fairly regular player for the Quakes having signed as a DP in 2018, so his absence is certainly going to be noticeable.

Reeling from a 5-1 smackdown handed to them by LAFC, a team they have yet to get any points from, the Quakes are going to look to bounce back against us—much in the same way we are looking to do the same against them.

There are three major reasons why we should walk away with three points:

1. We’ll have had a longer time to rest. Our last game was Saturday against Sporting Kansas City, while they had a mid-week game on Wednesday. That’s a long time in the otherwise very compact schedule we have in the microseason. Even with the travel to California, we should have our entire team rested up and ready for the full 90 minutes.

2. We are desperate for a win. The Rapids have not gotten a win since March 7th, before the suspension of the season. Playoffs are the baseline expectation, and currently, we wouldn’t make it. Historically, we’ve been able to pretty reliably get points against the Earthquakes. The team should be looking at this game as the perfect springboard for the remainder of the season.

3. We played pretty well against SKC, currently the best team in the West. Considering they have only lost one game throughout their eight games, getting points from them in any way is pretty dang good. If we keep that up against San Jose, we’ll definitely look like the better team.

The game kicks off at 8:30 p.m. MT on Saturday. Let’s get behind our Burgundy Boys and hope for three points and the revival of the team’s winning ways.