MATCH STORYLINES: Quakes return to RFK Stadium for the first time since 2015

OPPONENT INFORMATION

Earthquakes vs. D.C. United All-Time

MLS Regular Season: 17-13-7

Home: 8-4-7 (30 GF, 26 GA)

Away: 9-9-0 (27 GF, 33 GA)

All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 57, D.C. United – 59

Last Game vs. D.C. United

Earthquakes 1 – 1 D.C. United; April 2, 2016; Avaya Stadium, San Jose, CA.

The San Jose Earthquakes earned a point with a 1-1 tie against D.C. United at Avaya Stadium. Earthquakes forward Adam Jahn scored a late equalizer in the 88th minute, the same minute as former San Jose Clash forward Eric Wynalda scored the game-winning goal in the MLS inaugural match between San Jose and D.C. on April 6, 1996.

History of the Quakes – D.C. United Rivalry

San Jose and D.C. United are two of the 10 original MLS teams from the inaugural 1996 season … San Jose beat D.C. in MLS’ historic inaugural match, 1-0, on April 6, 1996, before 31,683 fans at Spartan Stadium … In 2005, the Quakes were blanked by D.C. United at RFK Stadium, 3-0, on July 15, prior to reeling off a run of 11-0-3 en route to the franchise’s first MLS Supporters’ Shield … Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski scored a brace in a 2-0 win at D.C. United on Oct. 9, 2010, a result that clinched San Jose’s first MLS Cup Playoffs berth since the club rejoined the league in 2008 … In 2011, the Earthquakes won at RFK Stadium, 4-2, behind Steven Lenhart’s first MLS hat trick, with Lenhart also assisting on Simon Dawkins’ game-winner early in the second half … D.C. United returned the favor at Buck Shaw Stadium on July 30 as a Dwayne De Rosario brace gave the visitors a 2-0 victory … The result snapped a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2) for the Quakes against D.C. United dating back to June 22, 2008 … In 2012, San Jose came back from an early one-goal deficit to defeat D.C. United 5-3 at Buck Shaw Stadium on May 2 thanks to braces from Chris Wondolowski and Steven Lenhart … In 2013, D.C. United defeated San Jose 1-0 at RFK Stadium … In 2014, D.C. United beat the Quakes at Buck Shaw Stadium 2-1 … The Earthquakes defeated D.C. United 2-0 in their only meeting in 2015… In 2016, the Earthquakes tied with D.C. United 1-1 with a late equalizer from Quakes forward Adam Jahn in their only meeting of the season.

Earthquakes – D.C. United Connections

D.C. United forward midfielder/forward Luciano Acosta and Quakes defender Andres Imperiale were both born in Argentina … Quakes forward Quincy Amarikwa and D.C. United forward Chris Rolfe both played together for the Chicago Fire from 2013-2014 … Quakes midfielder Kofi Sarkodie and D.C. United forward Chris Rolfe were both born in Ohio … D.C. United defender Steven Birnbaum, Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham and Quakes defender Nick Lima all went to Cal … D.C. United midfielders Julian Büscher, Russell Canouse, Zoltán Stieber and Jared Jeffrey, along with Quakes midfielder Jahmir Hyka, defender/midfielder Florian Jungwirth and defender Francois Affolter have all played in the Bundesliga at youth or senior levels … D.C. United midfielders Ian Harkes and Lloyd Sam, and Earthquakes midfielder Simon Dawkins were all born in England … D.C. United midfielder Marcelo Sarvas and San Jose midfielder Matheus Silva are both Brazilian … Quakes midfielder Marc Pelosi and forward Danny Hoesen along with D.C. United midfielders Rob Vincent and Lloyd Sam have played in the Premier League at youth or senior levels.

 

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

Staying Alive

After a crucial win against the Houston Dynamo, the Quakes moved above the playoff line into fifth place in the Western Conference. The race remains tight with the Quakes (39) just one point above Real Salt Lake, Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas.

Another Record in Sight

If Chris Wondolowski scores against D.C. United, he will tie D.C. United legend Jaime Moreno for third most goals in Major League Soccer history (133).

Struggles at Home

D.C. United is one of two MLS teams that have a losing record at home this year (5-7-3). The only other team is the LA Galaxy (2-9-4).

Advantage in the Rivalry

The Quakes have won six of their past 12 matchups with D.C. United dating back to Sept. 6, 2008 (6-3-3).

Last Visit to RFK

Saturday’s match will mark the Quakes’ final visit to RFK Stadium. San Jose holds a 9-9-0 all-time record at D.C. United’s home. The Earthquakes’ nine wins at RFK are tied for the most by any team currently in the Western Conference (LA).

Against the East

San Jose currently has a 2-4-3 record so far this season against the Eastern Conference, having previously defeated the Montreal Impact (3/4) and Columbus Crew SC (8/5).


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