In a contest in which has brought us some of the best Caps MLS matches, regardless of score, it will sure be a cracker. Last year some memorable matches against the Quackes were the 2-1 victory with Dane Richards scoring a beauty, and of course (arguably) the best Caps match and maybe even the best match in MLS with under 3.5 goals, the 2-1 victory with Hassli's injury time winner. A game that to this day gives me chills watching the highlights. I hope we can replicate another win, and if its on the table, a memorable match.
In my earlier article, #CapsFacts, I showed that the Caps are seriously scoring less goals late on, whereas San Jose is known for their late match antics. Another key point to watch is Mister Chris Wondolowski. The "Caps Killer" as the new (and not as good) Caps reporter, Farhan Devji (thank God for copy and paste on that name, huh) points out, has been red hot against our hometown team, netting 7 in 6 overall matches.
But enough about the enemy, lets talk about the heroes. Our Caps center back trouble took a spin on it's head when Brad Rusin was injured last week in the match against the Portland Timbers and is Grandmother passed away, RIP, but Andy O'Brien looks to be finally back after
years months weeks of struggling (it feels longer) with injury. Kenny Miller, Gershon Koffie, and Jun Marquez Davidson are all up for choice as well.
Now, the Predicted Starting Line-Up:
Ousted, Harvey, Leveron, O'Brien, Lee, Reo-Coker, Koffie, Kobayashi, Teibert, Camilo, Miller
2-1 for the Caps (gotta go with the past)
Teibert (31), Lenhart (54), Camilo (89)
Russel Teibert slips in his first match since L.A. after receiving a smooth ball from Koffie into the far right side of the box. Russel fakes the cross and charges in along the baseline. The San Jose Earthquake defence anticipate the cross, however Teibert curls in a low ball into the far left corner. Steven Lenhart fires in just after the 45 minute mark, with a powerful strike into the top of the net from close in. The chance is created off a free-kick, in which Wondo's foot accidentally clips the ball, leaving it to fall right onto Steven's hard kick. Ousted and the defenders with no chance on a flukey goal. Camilo with some late game heroics after Kekuta Manneh's through ball into the path of the wee Brazilian is perfect, but Camilo decides to cut inside and powerfully strikes it top corner. A great match!
Good Luck Caps