Our prediction for this MLS match:
San Jose Earthquakes play host to Vancouver Whitecaps at their Earthquakes Stadium in what is expected to be a lively contest. San Jose did well to make amends for an embarrassing 5-0 loss to Colorado Rapids, with the team recording back-to-back wins over Los Angeles FC and LA Galaxy. The Earthquakes aim to climb to the playoffs berth, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Canadian outfit. Vancouver, on the other hand, are on a three-game losing run in the Major League Soccer.
Considering that Janio Bikel is out of contention through suspension, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the playoffs-chasing hosts. In their last meeting in MLS San Jose recorded a thrilling 4-3 win over Vancouver, and yet another entertaining showdown is on the horizon. Andres Rios, who opened his goal-scoring account at the weekend, is likely to lead the line for the hosts.
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 (Vancouver Whitecaps):
Vancouver Whitecaps are yet another Canadian side that compete in Major League Soccer. Vancouver began play in the USA top flight in 2011 and one year later they became the first Canadian outfit to book their place in the MLS Cup play-offs. However, star-studded Los Angeles Galaxy proved to be a big catch for the Whitecaps in the knockout round. Vancouver, though, did remarkably well to win the Canadian Championship in 2015, with the team beating Montreal Impact in the title game.
In 2016 they made it to the final of the tournament as well, but Toronto FC eventually won the trophy. The Whitecaps are owned by Greg Kerfoot, Steve Luczo, Jeff Mallett and Steve Steve Nash, the former NBA star, and they play their home matches at BC Place. Speaking of MLS games, the capacity of the venue is 22.120 and you should know that the stadium was opened back in 1983. The Caps wear white shirts and white shorts when playing at home, while the colour of their away kit is blue.