Sep 29, 2013; Carson, CA, USA; Chivas USA forward Matthew Fondy (26) and San Jose Earthquakes defender Victor Bernardez (5) battle for the ball in the second half of the game at the StubHub Center. Earthquakes won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Both these teams are based in California. Both these teams hate the Los Angeles Galaxy. Still, this can be considered a derby in an of itself. Mark Watson’s San Jose Earthquakes clash with Wilmer Cabrera’s Chivas USA at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Apr. 26.
Both these teams are in dire need of points to chase the teams at the top. A win for Chivas will put them ahead of the Galaxy, even though Los Angeles have a few games in hand. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for Saturday night’s match between the San Jose Earthquakes and Chivas USA.
1. At least four goals will be scored
This will be a game full of goals, goals, goals. There will be at least four goals scored in this game.
2. Erick Torres will score for Chivas USA
This season, Erick Torres has six goals for the Goats, and he will make it seven on Saturday night against the Quakes.
3. Chris Wondolowski with a brace for the Quakes
Chris Wondolowski is San Jose’s top goalscorer with three goals this season. Wondo will get another two goals to his credit at home this weekend.
4. No goals for Alan Gordon
Alan Gordon has had a habit of scoring at the most unexpected of times, but he will not get on goal this game.
5. Victor Bernardez will score
The only other goalscorer for the Quakes this season has been Victor Bernardez. He will get on goal in this game against Chivas.
6. At least four saves for Jon Busch
Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch only has 14 saves this season, but he will get at least four more in this match.
7. Shea Salinas with two assists
Shea Salinas is the Earthquakes’ top provider with three assists this season. Look for Salinas to add two more to the docket in this game.
8. Dan Kennedy with under five saves
It will be another tough go for Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. He will make under five saves against the black and blue firing squad of San Jose.
9. At least 35 fouls and three cards
You talk about scrappy games, and this is what you mean. The MLS Multiplex is called for at least 35 fouls and three cards in this battle between the Quakes and Chivas.
10. San Jose rolls past Chivas USA
For the San Jose Earthquakes, this is a badly-needed win. They need every win they can get to get back in the hunt, as they are at the bottom of the MLS Western Conference at this very moment.
San Jose Earthquakes 3, Chivas USA 1