San Jose Earthquake vs Minnesota United Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- San Jose manager Matias Almeyda will be keen on maintaining his exciting form
- Veteran striker Chris Wondolowski could add late goals if needed for San Jose
- Minnesota United have surprised many, but can they do it again in the quarterfinals of MLS Is Back?
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San Jose Earthquakes vs Minnesota United Odds
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|San Jose Earthquakes win||+115 |
|Minnesota United win||+210 |
San Jose Earthquakes vs Minnesota United Predictions and Picks
San Jose take some risks with their manager, but their work rate and leadership — even off the bench — should be enough to help them clinch a win.
Pick: San Jose (+115).
How to Watch San Jose Earthquakes vs Minnesota United
|Earthquakes vs Minnesota Information|
|What||San Jose Earthquakes vs Minnesota United|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Bay Lake, Florida)|
|When||Saturday, August 1st at 8:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes|
The MLS Is Back quarterfinals keep rolling along, and on Saturday night, we’ll have a fascinating match-up between the San Jose Earthquakes and Minnesota United.
San Jose have quickly become one of the more intriguing storylines in the tournament. Once thought of as a team that could potentially shoot itself in the foot with high-flying and risk-taking tactics, manager Matias Almeyda and his men have now found themselves in the quarterfinal stage, guns blazing and all.
Minnesota, on the other hand, have taken a different approach. Weaving their way through the tournament with fewer goal-frenzied battles than the Earthquakes, they’ve had a few prayers answered by the soccer gods that have given them two 90+ minute goals in the group stage and a penalty shoot-out in the round of 16 that pushed them slightly past the Columbus Crew.
Who will go through? Will it be a San Jose side that constantly throw numbers forward like a hail mary play? Or will it be a Minnesota squad that has flown under the radar and into the quarterfinals?
The Almeyda X-Factor For San Jose
There’s a reason why Almeyda has become one of the more intriguing managers since his arrival to MLS last season. Unfazed by the very serious defensive deficiencies it creates, the Argentine never backs down from his attack-minded system that constantly looks like controlled chaos of sorts.
We can’t ignore the five goals that this approach has allowed in his last three games, but in return, the Earthquakes have scored 11 goals during that same stretch of time.
It’s beautiful, dramatic and frightening all at the same time for San Jose fans who are likely going through a roller coaster of soccer emotions in the tournament. It’s risky, there’s no way of doubting that, but most importantly, it’s also worked.
Chris Wondolowski’s Continued and Impressive Impact
He’s past his prime at 37 years of age, but MLS’ all-time leading goalscorer has yet to slow down in the MLS Is Back tournament.
With three goals in his last three matches, the veteran has looked 10 years younger as a super-sub that immediately makes an impact once he steps onto the field. Embodying the “Goonies Never Say” die motto that defined the team in one of its heydays from 2012, Wondolowski is a tiresome leader and goalscorer that can never be counted out.
There’s a reason why he’s the all-time leader in MLS, and even at 37, he’ll be hungry to add onto that goalscoring list that is at 161 and counting.
Are Minnesota Being Given Enough Credit?
Minnesota United deserve at least a moment of our time. Destined for an early playoff exit when facing an invigorated Columbus Crew in the round of 16, Minnesota held their own and eventually clinched a win through an ensuing penalty shoot-out after 90 minutes.
The Earthquakes are undeniably weak in the backline and susceptible to dangerous counters, which means Minnesota could also do some damage through set-pieces that can catch them off-guard. Ethan Finley, who scored twice during one game in the group stage for Minnesota, could also suddenly reemerge as a threat against a San Jose side that will throw numbers forward.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Minnesota can score a goal, that’s not a doubt for any team against Almeyda, it would just be a surprise if they can score more than San Jose…
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast. Email: [email protected]