Behind Enemy Lines: Scouting San Jose Earthquakes

FC Dallas is 2-2-4 against San Jose at home.

FC Dallas hosts the San Jose Earthquakes this weekend for their second meeting of the season against one another.

San Jose is coming off a 3-0 win last weekend over the Houston Dynamo. Khari Stephenson had two goals in the win and has been a big contributor to getting the Quakes' attack going as of late.

Injury Report

Here is the latest on the walking wounded for San Jose.

Out -  Tommy Muller (lower back spasms, Ryan Neil (knee strain, Andres Gorlitz (torn ACL), and Alan Gordon (groin strain)

Questionable - Yannki Djalo (groin) and Atiba Harris (hamstring)

International duty

Mark Watson's team will be without two key players for this one as Chris Wondolowski and Victor Bernardez both were called up by their respective countries for next month's World Cup.

Projected Lineup

Watson uses a 4-4-2 formation that sees one striker sit just on top of the other.

Goalkeeper: Jon Busch; RB: Brandon Barklage; CB: Clarence Goodson, Ty Harden; LB: Jordan Stewart; RM: Cordell Cato; CM: Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi, Khari Stephenson; LM: Shea Salinas; FW: Yannick Djalo, Steven Lenhart

Key Matchup

Fabian Castillo vs Brandon Barklage - This one still comes down to speed on the wings, which FCD has the big edge. FCD has to key on the going wide and spreading San Jose out.

Keys to Three Points

Spread them wide. Just like in games past, to win this one and end the skid, FCD has to go wide to their strengths and dominate on the wings like they can against this San Jose team. The Quakes do not have an answer for the speed on the wings and given the way Victor Ulloa and Adam Moffat played in the last game, it makes perfect sense to keep spreading them out.

Stay the course. Last week against RSL, Moises Hernandez and Zach Loyd didn't jump into the attack nearly as much as we've seen in the past out of our full backs, in a small way this needs to happen again in this game. It is a balance that should be a good counter against the Quakes.

Finish the ball. Last time against San Jose the service was there and the chances were created but the finishing was abysmal. Blas Perez needs to be involved early in this one get back on the board. He needs an easy finish to get his confidence back up. His history against San Jose - three goals and one assist in four games - leads me to think he'll find a way to do it in this game. In a way Je-Vaughn Watson could use the same boost and if David Texeira gets in, same thing. Simple passes, going wide, smart possession will yield to good chances for these guys and they're talented enough to finish them.

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