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D.C. United versus San Jose Earthquakes staff and reader predictions

We have a good feeling going into this game.

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D.C. United take on the San Jose Earthquakes this Saturday, and we think they have a good shot at all three points. Let us know what you think in the comments!


This prediction took a turn after San Jose bamboozled KC 5-0. I was going to call it a draw, but now that they've left 5 goals in Kansas, they certainly don't have the firepower to do that again on Saturday. Meanwhile we have most of our stars very rested despite the victory in Panama for CONCAChamps, and we got Bill Hamid. I'll say it's 1-0 United, with the goal coming from the magic headband of Chris Rolfe.

Ryan Keefer

Sure, the Quakes scored 5, but they scored 5 on a Sporks team on their fourth game in 11 nights, so I think between a midweek game and their road form this year up to that point, DC wins 2-0 thanks to goals from Saborío and Rolfe.

Adam Taylor

Remember recently when RSL seemed to have figured things out and righted the ship, only to revert to their lackluster form, even at home? I don't think the Quakes will even approach that high standard even following their big win in KC. Give me 3-1 United, a Wondo tally more than matched by goals from Sabo, Fabi & Boswell - three guys who - *totally coincidentally* - didn't fly to Central America this week.

Leanne Elston

Yeah, yeah, the Quakes scored five on SKC. Never mind that, though, because this one is going to be a win for the Black-and-Red. 2-0 with a goal in each half, one from Rolfe and the other from Espindola.


It says here that San Jose's demolition job in KC was a one-off. The Quakes are on short rest and will be traveling a long way to play this game. This is a good situation for United, and I think the Black-and-Red make it count. Chris Rolfe scores before halftime, and Davy Arnaud picks up a crucial second early in the second half. San Jose musters an attempted comeback, with Chris Wondolowski pulling one back, but United catches San Jose on the counter as they open up in a desperate attempt to equalize. Let's say Jairo Arrieta scores that third goal, and from there it's smooth sailing. 3-1 DCU.

Ben Bromley

D.C. United is a good team at home, and San Jose just had to play midweek. Bill Hamid is going to make Wondo think he's playing Belgium, and so D.C. United gets a 2-0 victory.

Steven Streff

"Wednesday night, in the summer, in MLS - anything can happen." -- Those were the thoughts of Ben Olsen when asked about San Jose's shocking 5-0 win at Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday. It was a performance that we haven't seen in some time from the Earthquakes. But while San Jose's starters were putting in 90 minutes, United's regulars were for the most part watching their teammates pick up 3 points in CONCACAF. That extra rest, coupled with the bad taste from the NYCFC match, is all United needs for a 2-1 win on Saturday, with Nick DeLeon and Chris Rolfe supplying the goals.