Diaz Returns, As Does The Pace
The return of Mauro Diaz should bring a better offensive performance from FC Dallas this weekend. The creative Argentinian is undoubtedly one of FC Dallas’ most valuable players and his absence was missed against Columbus. As Matt Hedges leads the back four, I feel like Mauro Diaz leads the front four. He is essential to this team’s’ success and I expect FC Dallas come out ready to give the fans a better show with their ace in the lineup.
A sense of normalcy should be in store for FC Dallas this game. Normal for FC Dallas at home means goals and winning. I expect both to happen Saturday night and the ever growing chemistry of Fabian Castillo, Michael Barrios and Maximiliano Urruti together with Diaz will grow with each game they’re together. The San Jose defense will surely have their hands full against one of the better attacks in the league.
Wondolowski, Amarikwa, and an Attack Trying To Find Itself
Fifth all time goal scorer in MLS History (3rd in road goals) Chris Wondolowski leads a formidable San Jose attack alongside Quincy Amarikwa who are both very skilled at creating their own opportunities. San Jose also has Alberto Quintero who appears to be a quick midfielder that can force his way down the left side of the field to try and expose the midfield to help create those chances for his counterparts.
While the Quakes only scored one goal against DC United last weekend, they certainly should have scored more. San Jose will look to create those type of opportunities against FCD to reverse their last road performance when they lost 3-1 against LA two weeks ago. This team can be dangerous even though it doesn’t appear their offense has fully gotten in sync yet with only 17 shots on goal as well as having the third least corner kicks in the league this year. I think the Earthquakes are capable of one goal max in this game but that’s it. FCD should have their way defensively, but do have to keep a close eye on Quincy and Wondo.
Seitz, or Jesse... Who will start?
Chris Seitz was easily the man of the match last week and was the sole reason we came away with a point against Columbus. He has been incredibly solid in his two starts this year but Oscar Pareja could opt to put Jesse Gonzalez back in this week.
I guess this is a good problem to have, so there’s really no telling who could start this game. I personally would like to see Jesse again just to get him back in the action. If San Jose fail to get in a good groove offensively, this could turn into a game where Jesse or Seitz don’t get tested as much. A clean sheet is definitely in the cards this week, no matter who starts in goal.