Our prediction for this MLS match:
Houston Dynamo play host to San Jose Earthquakes at their Shell Energy Stadium in a highly-anticipated MLS game. The Orange Crush aim to build on back-to-back wins over reigning champions Los Angeles FC and they must be high on confidence ahead of Thursday’s encounter. With no fresh injury worries to report, Ben Olsen is unlikely to make changes to the team that outplayed Carlos Vela and Co. at the weekend. All Teenage Hadebe, Tate Schmitt, and Ifunanyachi Achara remain on the sidelines with injuries.
The Earthquakes, on the other hand, are undefeated in the previous five league matches and even though Houston have turned their Shell Energy Stadium into a real fortress, the share of spoils is on the horizon. Defender Nathan Cardoso continues to miss out with an ACL injury, but he should be the only absentee in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Hector Herrera):
Mexico international Hector Herrera is a 26-year-old midfielder playing for Portugal giants FC Porto. Herrera began his career with Pachuca in 2010 and spent three years at the club before being sold to Porto. During his first season with the Dragons Herrera struggled for playing time, but he went on to cement his place in the starting eleven, becoming one of the most valuable players for the club.
Herrera has since them racked up over 110 performances for the Portugal side, scoring over 20 goals in the process. Full Mexico international since 2012, Hector Herrera represented his country at the 2014 World Cup.
During the summer of 2016 Herrera was heavily linked with a move away from Porto and was reported to have made a personal agreement with Italian side Napoli, but the €25 million asking price proved to be a stumbling block that ended up ruining the deal.
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.