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MLS Match Preview- Houston vs San Jose

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The Houston Dynamo vs San Jose Earthquakes to begin the MLS 2021 season.

Houston vs. San Jose
Friday, April 16th at 7:00 PM ET
BBVA Stadium

The San Jose Earthquakes finished in 7th place in the Western Conference and were 8-6-9 s the face the Houston Dynamo  that finished 12th in the same conference with a 4-9-10 record.

Houston will likely start Marko Maric at goalie and are have the price of -152 while the Earthquakes come in at +350 and are expected to start JT Marcinkowki in goal.

Houston lost their most recent match 2-1 to the Rapids and only convert 6 shots of 18 for shooting accuracy along ith 12 of 17 dribble attempts. The Dynamo  averaged 1.30 goals per 90 min (30 goals in total) and accumulated 20 assists in all matches last season.

Looking for impact players from Houston one turns to possibly Colombian Darwin Quintero who has been a long time starter. In his 291 matches he has 0.33 goals per every 90 minutes played. He also has amassed 55 yellow cards warnings in his illustrious career and 94 career goals.

Christian Ramirez is another player to watch . In 176 career starts ha s has accumulated an assist on 28 goals  and has scored 92 goals.

Goalkeeper Marko Maric has a career mark of 29-38-44  and 22 clean sheets. That is a shutout percentage of 19.8. In 90 minutes increments he has allowed 1.50 goals on average. His save percentage sits at 68.2%

San Jose in their last match against Kansas City ended at 3-3 as the Earthquakes converted 8 of 17 dribbles and a pass completion rates  of 90.1%Last season, they averaged 1.48 goals and 1.000 assists per 90 minutes.

Andres Rios is important to this club and will need to be the spark for success. He score 0.20 goals per match and has 27 goals in his career with five assists. Look for him to be aided bu Chris Wondolowski who has a 0.52 goals scored per 90 minutes. He has 37 assists along with 166 career goals.

Goalie JT Marcinkowski has allowed 81 goals which averages out to 1.42 goals per 90 minutes of play and 14 clean sheets in his career.

The last time these team met, San Jose won 2-0 but the Dynamo have won four straight at BBVA Stadium.

Houston vs San Jose Prediction


With Ariel Lassiter, Tim Parker, Maximiliano Urruti, and Mateo Bajamich joined the club in the transfer window, look for the Houston Dynamo (-152)to win this match and go over the 2.5 goals scored.

About the author– Tom Knuppel has been writing about baseball and sports for a few decades. As an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan he began with the blog CardinalsGM. Tom is a member of the United Cardinals Bloggers and the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. He also maintains the History of Cardinals website. More recently he has been busy at KnupSolutions and the primary writer of many sports at KnupSports and adds content at Sports 2.0. Tom is a retired High School English and Speech teacher and has completed over one hundred sportsbook reviews. He also can be followed on Twitter at tknup.

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