San Jose may not be hitting the same magnitude they were in 2012, but FC Dallas aren't at the heights they rose to in 2010 either. San Jose currently sit in 8th in the Western Conference and 16th overall in the league. This is a match where Dallas should come out with 3 points even though they are on the road, but nothing is guaranteed considering our current form.
A look back at the all-time history between these teams shocks me a bit; there have been 50 total meetings between these sides with FCD winning only 16 of them. That is only 32% which doesn't scream that we are doomed, but it certainly could be better. San Jose have picked up a solid 23 wins (46%) while there have been only 11 draws (22%) in the 50 matches played.
In San Jose we have fared even worse with the Earthquakes winning 14 of 25 meetings while FCD have only won 6 of these matches and 5 have ended in draws. This doesn't seem like Dallas have a whole lot to offer while visiting S.J., and frankly, they haven't.
There have been 139 goals in the 50 matches between these teams, putting the average just under 3 goals, which is the same as the average of last year's goals per game (8 goals in 3 games last year.) Following the same trend, I would expect to see 3 goals in the match again this weekend at San Jose. The Earthquakes also outscore FCD in San Jose by 47 goals to FCD's 25 goals.
Last year these teams met 3 times, with the series ending 1-1-1 with each team winning at home and one tie at Toyota Stadium. Highlights from the last match are below:
Last year's final game started off quickly with San Jose scoring in the 27th minute as Walter Martinez slots a ball into Stephen Lenhart who misses the ball, but it somehow gets past Chris Seitz to put SJ up in the first half hour. Chris Wondolowski doubles the lead for S.J. as he fires one past Seitz leaving him no chance and FCD are left crawling in Buck Shaw Stadium. FCD weren't going to get shot out as they found a consolation goal in the 90th minute as Stephen Keel headed home after rising above Victor Bernardez.
San Jose dominated the match as FCD left out large number of normal starters since they had already been eliminated from the playoffs. Ramiro Corrales also played his final MLS game and was carried off the field by teammates like any legend deserves to be after a fantastic career.
Hopefully FCD are able to field a more competitive after suffering some injuries as of late, but the history tells us it might not matter. San Jose have dominated the series, especially at home and it looks like it will be a tough match for FCD as they come into Buck Shaw carrying the weight of a busy schedule this month.
Prediction: Based on how the matches have gone in this series (and with some weight from current form), I think a 2-1 game where San Jose snags the winning goal in "Goonie-Time" (85th minute or later) sounds about right for this weekends match.