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Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes Pick & Prediction JUL 30TH 2022

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Real Salt Lake will aim to break out of a six-match funk when they visit the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

Real Salt Lake (9-7-6, 33 points) reside in fourth place in the Western Conference despite stumbling through the 1-3-2 stretch.

Things bottomed out last Saturday as Real Salt Lake were blanked 1-0 by FC Dallas to end their 10-match home unbeaten streak.

Dallas scored in the 14th minute and then backed things up while Salt Lake blasted shot after shot at the net. But RSL put just five of those 25 shots on target.

"It was just one of those games where we could have created 10 more chances and they still wouldn't have gone in," RSL coach Pablo Mastroeni said afterward.

Salt Lake may have more success finding the back of the net against the Earthquakes (5-9-7, 22 points).

San Jose has allowed 43 goals, tied with D.C. United for most in the league. The Earthquakes are also on a downslide after dropping consecutive 2-1 decisions to the Houston Dynamo and Portland Timbers and stand 13th in the West.

Last Saturday at Portland, San Jose took a 1-0 lead on Benji Kikanovic's goal in the 42nd minute. But the Earthquakes allowed second-half goals in the 53rd and 71st minutes and went down in a frustrating setback.

Kikanovic said the club needs to quickly solve the defensive issues.

"I just think as a whole group we need to stop leaking goals left and right," Kikanovic said afterward. "That starts from up front because we start the defense all the way to the back. If we are going to keep leaking goals like this then it's not going to happen, the playoffs are not going to happen.

"It (stinks) to say and I'm being blunt but it's the honest truth. We can score, that's not the problem. We can score but sometimes defensively, I don't know if we don't concentrate enough, I couldn't tell you what it is, but it's on every single one of us."

The San Jose offense continues to receive stellar play from Jeremy Ebobisse (11 goals) and Cristian Espinoza (five goals, seven assists).

Sergio Cordova and Jefferson Savarino lead Salt Lake with four goals apiece.

Salt Lake defeated visiting San Jose 2-0 on June 18 behind goals from Marcelo Silva (22nd minute) and Savarino (81st).

--Field Level Media

Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Chris Wondolowski scored a goal on each side of halftime, Nos. 164 and 165 for Major League Soccer's all-time goals leader, in the San Jose Earthquakes' 2-0 win over visiting Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night.

The Earthquakes (7-8-6, 27 points) moved into seventh place in the Western Conference with only two match dates left in the regular season. The top eight finishers make the playoffs.

Ninth-place Real Salt Lake (5-8-7, 22 points) missed a chance to move into the top eight and have just one win in their last seven matches. RSL had more possession of the ball but fewer shots, nine to San Jose's 13.

San Jose took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute on Wondolowski's 25th career goal in October. It came off Cristian Espinoza's shot that glanced off the far post, with the rebound coming out to the ageless Wondolowski for the finish.

Wondolowski, 37, almost picked up a second goal in the 28th minute. Nick Lima's cross found him in front of the goal, and Wondolowski put a shot on net that RSL goalkeeper Andrew Putna somehow knocked away.

Wondolowski shouted in dismay. But he celebrated in the 74th minute, squaring up a slow-rolling cross from fellow veteran Shea Salinas for his second goal of the night.

Marcelo Silva just missed the tying goal in the 41st minute, heading down a corner kick off an Earthquakes player and toward the net, where Quakes goalie James Marcinkowski got a hand on the ball. The slight deflection knocked the ball off the post, and San Jose was able to clear.

The Quakes had allowed a league-high 45 goals this season, but they registered a clean sheet against Real Salt Lake. Marcinkowski picked up his fourth shutout of the season without making a save. Putna finished with three saves.

Real Salt Lake have just two regular-season matches left, they will need at least one win to have a chance at the playoffs.

--Field Level Media
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