Our prediction for this MLS match:
Atlanta United will be looking to stay in the race for top position in the Eastern Conference when they welcome San Jose Earthquakes at their Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday evening. The Five Stripes dropped six points in back-to-back losses to the likes of Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew and, no doubt, the reigning champions are desperate to give fans something to cheer about.
Atlanta United need to get back on course as soon as possible if they are to clinch top position in the standings and we are positive that they will fight tooth and nail against San Jose. As always, last season’s MVP Josef Martinez, who has been scoring goals for fun in the MLS this term, is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. San Jose are on a five-game losing run on the road and they are unlikely to spoil Atlanta’s party at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Justin Meram):
Over the years Justin Meram has established himself as one of the best Iraqi footballers. The centre forward, who is capable of playing as a winger as well, was born in Shelby Charter Township, Michigan on December 4, 1988, but he represents Iraq on the international stage.
During his college career Justin Meram played for the likes of Yavapai Roughriders and Michigan Wolverines and in 2011 he joined MLS club Columbus Crew. Meram scored 37 goals in 188 appearances for the club in MLS before signing a deal with Orlando City in January, 2018.
The Iraq international made his debut for the Lions in a 1-1 draw with DC United on March 4 and he scored his first goal for the club on May 14 in a 2-1 loss to Atlanta United. As for his international career, Justin Meram made his Iraq debut in November, 2014 in a 1-0 defeat to Kuwait. The Orlando City attacker wears the number 9 shirt.
Highlighted Team (San Jose Earthquakes):
San Jose Earthquakes are members of the Western Conference of Major League Soccer. The Quakes have been participating in the league since 1996 and they won their first MLS Cup trophy in 2001. Back then San Jose outplayed star-studded Los Angeles Galaxy in the title game, but it has to be noted that they scored the winner in the extra time.
Two years later the Quakes managed to repeat the success, with the team beating Chicago Fire in the 2003 MLS Cup final. Avaya Stadium is the home ground of San Jose Earthquakes and the capacity of the venue is 18.000. The construction of the stadium cost no less than $100 million and the venue was opened in March, 2015. The club’s home colors are blue and black, whilst the Quakes wear white and red shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels.
Chris Wondolowski is the club’s biggest star and he has been playing for San Jose Earthquakes since 2009. The USA ace has 121 league goals on his account ahead of the start of the 2017 season.