So it has been a crazy week and perhaps no week is bigger in sports than this weekend with the big fight in Vegas, the Kentucky Derby, the NFL draft and of course RSL hosting the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday night. So heading into the season I don’t believe that most people expected much of San Jose as Dominic Kinnear returned to take over the team and rebuild it into the title chasing franchise it used to be, RSL on the other hand had the same expectations as they have for the last several years, be competitive at the top of the West and battle with LA and Seattle for playoff positioning. However as we enter the 8th match of the season neither side has been impressive and for RSL the lack of scoring after moving to the more offensive minded 4-3-3 has been a bit surprising.
So can RSL find goals and a win at home, the Quakes have given up 7 goals in their 4 road matches while signing just 4, so the opportunity is there. The lineup should look a lot more like what Jeff Cassar envisioned when he wanted to go with the 4-3-3 with Javier Morales returning to the lineup, Luis Gil back from international duty and Jamison Olave back from his one game suspension for the red card against Vancouver. The biggest question for me remains Alvaro Saborio, can he find his scoring touch. It is rare you see him miss several easy chances in a season, let alone in a single match.
The other side of the pitch will be occupied by a San Jose team that is still trying to figure out their lineup and formation, but anytime you can put Chris Wondolowski on the pitch you will be dangerous. San Jose has added Innocent and Matias Perez Garcia but speed and potential haven’t exactly delivered for them but this is a team beat Seattle and beat Vancouver, but lost to the Red Bulls and to RSL at home last month.
I firmly believe fans are right to be concerned about where RSL is and how we look on the pitch, but tonight things could be made right with a convincing win and if RSL can follow that up with a win on Wednesday against the Galaxy (some revenge for that 5-0 playoff loss would be nice), then I expect the online and in the stand rumblings would drop off in a significant way. I believe if Sabo can pick up a goal or two on Friday night, then things will start to click a bit more but until teams have to take our offense more seriously, well things are going to be rough. I expect we will see some goals on Friday night, I am going with a 3-2 RSL win but to be honest given our performances so far this year predicting RSL matches is more of a crap shoot than ever.
That’s How I See It