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Downstream Game 21: Away vs San Jose Earthquakes

Colorado Rapids v San Jose Earthquakes

San Jose Earthquakes Stats

2021 Record: 6-4-8 WLT, 26 points for 1.24 PPG

Goals: 24 for, 29 allowed, -5 differential

Power Rankings: SJE #14 (-), Rapids #5 (-1)

Last Result: 2-1 win over LA Galaxy

The Colorado Rapids are off to San Jose to play the Earthquakes for the second time this season. It’s been a short amount of time since we last played them, but plenty has happened since then for both teams. What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

The last San Jose game ended in a 1-1 draw in July at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Both teams probably felt like it was two points dropped rather than a point earned. It definitely felt like going into the game, the Rapids were expecting three points, but didn’t play like it. The Quakes opened the scoring early, and though the Rapids responded in the second half, both teams looked like they were capable of securing the win with a last-minute goal. It is obviously better to tie than lose, but the game overall was a disappointment. This weekend is a good chance for both teams to prove themselves against the other and prove that the tie could have been something more.

Despite being below the playoff line, the San Jose Earthquakes have been on a bit of a streak. They haven’t lost in 10 games, with their last loss being back in June against the Galaxy. Seven of those games have been ties, so it isn’t like they are suddenly one of the best teams in the league. But 10 games unbeaten is no joke—but neither is the six-game unbeaten streak the Burgundy Boys have going on. The Rapids are sure to be wanting a win against them to break their streak, continue the excellent road form we’ve had, and make a push for the top in the West.

Both teams should be close to full strength, with just a few exceptions for players out on WCQ duty — the Rapids have Kellyn Acosta out with the USMNT and Mark-Anthony Kaye out with the Canadian national team.

The big news from San Jose is they signed Jeremy Ebobisse, fringe USMNT striker and former Timber, for a sum total of $1.167m in Garberbucks. This makes him one of the most expensive trades in the league, even beating the Rapids trade for Kaye earlier this season. Ebobisse already opened his account in his first game with the Quakes, and is sure to be playing a lot more throughout their season.

The Rapids have been in great form. Wins against Houston and LA on the road, plus a victory at home against RSL means we’ve got a winning mentality going right now. Take that mentality and push hard against San Jose and we can make a claim for being in the top tier of the league.