Jul 11, 2014, 10:53 PM EDT
Suddenly on top of the Eastern Conference, DC United is on a tear.
10 points in their last five matches has Ben Olsen’s crew top of the charts. They take on the San Jose Earthquakes at 11pm ET live on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.
Meanwhile, things aren’t so hot for San Jose. They’ve dropped three games in a row, all without scoring a single goal, and now sit dead last in the Western Conference.
Chris Wondolowski‘s return from USMNT duty is looking to be vital, and theories of his disastrous miss at the end of the Belgium match still haunting him seem to be running amok, though he’s publicly remained positive.
They need him now more than ever, with the club finding themselves shut out in four of the six matches he missed on national team duty. His five goals this season represent a third of the Earthquakes’ output.
So if they’re going to challenge this surging DC United side, they need to get Wondo going, and fast.
DC United won the last match 1-0, a familiar scoreline to San Jose at the moment, but that was in a very different time – June of last year when DC was struggling to stay competitive.
Oh yea, and DC United has already won back-to-back away matches, something they haven’t done for a staggering seven years. Can they make it three in a row?
San Jose – Busch; Stewart, Bernardez, Barklage, Goodson; Cronin, Stephenson, Djalo, Harris; Wondolowski, Lenhart.
DC United – Hamid; Franklin, Birnbaum, Korb, Boswell; Arnaud, DeLeon, Rolfe, Kitchen; Johnson, Silva.
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