Our prediction for this MLS match:
Austin welcome San Jose Earthquakes at their Q2 Stadium in what is expected to be an entertaining MLS game. Austin do not seem to be competitive at this level, and given their four-match losing run, we are not tempted to put our money on the newcomers. To make things even worse for the hosts, all Besler, Hoesen, Schoenfeld, Segura, and Sweat are out of contention with injuries. San Jose, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 4-3 loss to Real Salt Lake.
The Earthquakes are desperate to put an end to their three-game losing run, and given Austin’s shaky defence, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visiting team. A man to watch in the away team will be Mexico international Javier Lopez, who scored a hat-trick in the midweek defeat, while goalkeeper Matt Bersano remains on the sidelines with a long-term injury.
Highlighted Player (Danny Hoesen):
After making only one league appearance for Fortuna Sittard, Danny Hoesen joined English club Fulham in 2009, but he did not see any game action for the capital club during his spell at Craven Cottage as he was sent on loan to HJK and Fortuna Sittard.
In 2012 the 186-cm tall attacker signed a deal with Ajax and he scored seven goals in 32 league appearances for the Amstedammers from 2012 to 2014. In 2014 he joined fellow Eredivisie outfit Groningen and during the 2016/2017 season he was on San Jose Earthquakes’ radar. The Dutch footballer, who was born on January 15, 1991 in Heerlen, Limburg will play for the MLS outfit (on loan) in the 2017 season.
Speaking of his international career, Daniel Hoesen has 10 caps for Netherlands U17 team and he made three appearances for the Dutch U21 side. He is still a Groningen player and his contract with the Eredivisie side expires on June 30, 2018.
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.