Our prediction for this MLS match:
Vancouver Whitecaps were on the right track to book their place in the Western Conference semis, but they eventually finished the season in third place in the standings. The Canadian club suffered a dip in form in the season finale and they are on a three-game winless run in the Major League Soccer ahead of Thursday’s football match against San Jose Earthquakes. Thanks to Marcos Urena’s late goal the Earthquakes defeated Minnesota United at the weekend and, as a result, they booked their place in the play-offs. Chris Leitch’s men are tough to beat at home, but it has to be noted that they suffered eight defeats in previous ten away games in the league. Vancouver Whitecaps are a real force to be reckoned with at home and despite the fact that they have been playing above expectations of late, we predict that the hosts will make it to the next round of the MLS Cup play-offs.
Highlighted Player (Kendall Waston):
Kendall Waston is yet another Costa Rican footballer who plays in MLS. The Vancouver Whitecaps centre back started his senior career at Sarprissa of Costa Rica and he played for the likes of Carmelita, Nacional, Bayamon, UCR and Perez Zeledon (on loan) in the past as well. Waston moved to MLS in the summer of 2014, signing a deal with Vancouver Whitecaps. The Costa Rica international scored only two goals in 11 appearances for the club in the 2014 season, but the club chiefs decided to keep hold of him. He found the net twice in 30 league games in the 2015 MLS campaign, while scoring three goals in his last season with the Canadian club. Kendall Waston was born in San Jose, Costa Rica on January 1, 1988 and he made his debut for the Costa Rica national team in May, 2013 in a match against Canada. The Vancouver Whitecaps forward scored his first goal for los Ticos on December 16, 2015 in a 1-0 victory over Nicaragua.
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 colours 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.