Houston, San Jose meet in important Western Conference clash

Both the Earthquakes and the Dynamo are trying to stay above the redline in the Western Conference. They’ll face off for a chance to earn a valuable result.

No team is safe in the Western Conference right now, making the conference matchups matter that much more. Both the Houston Dynamo and San Jose Earthquakes will look to take advantage of a chance at “six points” at the expense of the other. Along with the chance to make space in the standings, both sides will also likely debut their new key attacking pieces. Both of these teams like to play a counter attacking style, so expect to see plenty of speed and chances created in this one.

San Jose Earthquakes

Current Record: 9-9-5

Last Time Out: 2-1 win over Columbus

Player To Watch: Valeri Qazaishvili. Qazaishvili, better known as Vako, may not be a very recognizable name, but he has a very impressive pedigree that stacks up with almost anyone in the league. Under new coach Chris Leitch and his new attacking style, look for Vako to fill in nicely behind an impressive San Jose attack.

Why They Win: San Jose are looking to earn their third straight win, and have looked impressive under Leitch. With Vako filling in nicely in the midfield, he could be the missing link they need to start earning some much-needed points on the road. Houston has been vulnerable on defense more often than not, so the Earthquakes speed could have a field day in this one.

Why They Won’t: San Jose have struggled on the road this year, and lost to Sporting Kansas City on penalties just on Wednesday. Having the short turnaround could lead to some heavy legs, which could be fatal against a Houston team with plenty of speed of their own.

Houston Dynamo

Current Record: 9-7-7

Last Time Out: 0-0 draw at Real Salt Lake

Player To Watch: Tomas Martinez. Houston was pretty busy this window, but bringing in South American attacking midfielder, Tomas Martinez, could take them over the top. Houston have thrived with their pacey counter-attack, but…

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