New York City FC vs San Jose Earthquakes Prediction, Odds, Picks
- New York City FC have never lost to San Jose Earthquakes in the MLS
- San Jose Earthquakes are second from bottom with just one win this season
- New York City have scored 11 goals in their last 2 games
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New York City FC vs San Jose Earthquakes Prediction
New York City FC have never lost to the San Jose Earthquakes in MLS history. The two sides have met five times, and The Pigeons have won four of those matches.
However, none of those wins have been particularly comprehensive, as they have only managed to win by a goal at best. The first meeting ended in a 3-2 victory back in 2015, while the next one ended goalless.
Since then, all games have finished with the same 2-1 scoreline in favor of New York City FC. Looking at the form of the two sides, a repeat of that scoreline is very likely this weekend as well.
The last meeting was back in 2019 when the two sides clashed at the Yankees Stadium. Chris Wondolowski opened the scoring for San Jose Earthquakes in the 20th minute, but they could not get to half-time with the lead.
Keaton Parks leveled things up in the 40th minute before Alexandru Mitriță converted his chance to make it 2-1 three minutes later. The scoreline remained the same at the end of the game despite San Jose going all out in attack in the second half.
New York City FC Look To Turn Momentum Into Form
Defending Champions New York City FC have not made the best of starts to the campaign and are struggling. They are 16th in the league right now, with three wins in their opening seven matches.
Ronny Deila’s side were expected to be fighting at the top to retain their league title, but that does not seem to be the case so far into the season. They went unbeaten in the MLS pre-season, and the fans were confident of getting another big season from the players.
However, since the first game, they have been on the backfoot. New York City were up against LA Galaxy in the season opener, and they were stunned by Javier Hernández in the 90th minute. Chicharito scored the lone goal of the game after dribbling past the defenders inside the box and getting Galaxy’s only shot on target into the back of the net.
The frustration continued against the Vancouver Whitecaps as New York City kept 70% of the ball and had 19 shots but failed to get a single goal. They were the dominant side from the very start of the game and gave their opponents just one shot on target, but the match ended goalless, and the defending champions had to share points.
Things finally improved for Ronny’s side when they faced CF Montreal at home. Alexander Callens and Santiago Rodríguez scored in the first 20 minutes of the game before Talles Magno and Thiago Andrade scored in the second half to seal a 4-1 win. Zachary Brault Guillard got the lone goal for the visitors, and they could not mount a comeback despite getting the goal early in the second half.
Confidence was up for the players, but didn’t necessarily translate into good things. They were beaten 2-0 by Philadelphia Union in the next game thanks to goals from Alejandro Bedoya and Dániel Gazdag in the first half. Once again, New York City dominated 73% possession and 18 shots but could not get a single goal.
It got worse when they faced Toronto FC and lost for the third time this season. Jesús Jiménez scored the opening goal of the game right after the half-hour mark before Thiago Martins put the ball into the back of his own net to make it 2-0 to the home side. New York City tried hard to make a comeback and took 11 shots in the second half, only for Héber to score in the injury time.
The back-to-back losses and getting knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League proved to be a good wake-up call for the players as they thrashed Real Salt Lake in the next league game. Valentin Castellanos scored four goals in the game, with Thiago Andrade getting the other two in the 6-0 win.
They were up against Toronto FC once again, and Jesús Jiménez got on the scoresheet, just like in the previous meeting. He scored twice in the opening 27 minutes, but New York City made a brilliant comeback to make it 5-2. Valentin Castellanos, Thiago Andrade, Santiago Rodríguez, Keaton Parks, and Gabriel Pereira got on the scoresheet before Deandre Kerr and Michael Bradley scored two more for the away side for the game to end 5-4.
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San Jose Earthquakes End Winless Streak
The San Jose Earthquakes have made one of the worst starts in the league. They were at the bottom of the table until they picked up a win in the previous game week.
Earthquakes started the season with a 3-1 loss at home to New York Red Bulls. They fell behind right at halftime to Patryk Klimala’s goal but were back in the game thanks to Javier López finding the back of the net in the 69th minute. The score stayed level for just 3 minutes as Omir Fernandez scored for the home side before Tom Barlow sealed the win in injury time.
Columbus Crew’s visit was also going to end with a similar scoreline before Francisco Calvo scored a late brace. Cristian Espinoza gave Earthquakes the lead before Lucas Zelarayán scored twice, and Gyasi Zardes added another for Crew. Calvo scored two goals in the final 7 minutes of the game to end it 3-3 and help the Earthquakes pick up the first points of the season.
The late comeback should have been a confidence booster, but they ended up losing their next league game. They were beaten 2-0 by Philadelphia Union after goals from Cory Burke and Dániel Gazdag in either half.
San Jose did manage to put up a fight against Minnesota Union, but Luis Amarilla scored the lone goal of the game and left the Earthquakes still looking for their first win.
They followed it up with draws against Austin FC, and Nashville SC with a loss to Houston Dynamo jammed in between. The US Open Cup game against Bay Cities FC proved to be a good change as they picked up a stunning 5-0 win over the National Independent Soccer Association side.
The Cup game win saw San Jose make some progress in the league, and they managed to beat Seattle Sounders 4-3 in the last game week. Cristian Espinoza scored from the spot in the 94th minute of the game to seal the comeback win after they were trailing 3-1 at the 57th minute.
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|Teams||New York City FC vs San Jose Earthquakes|
|Time||Sunday, May 1 at 1 pm EST|
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Varun is a web journalist who has been writing on sports for 13 years. He took a shine for the MLS during the 2021 season and has been following it and writing about it since, alongside his work involving the English Premier League, La Liga, and the Serie A. He is deeply interested in soccer analytics and strategy and has aspirations to move into coaching at some point. Email: [email protected]