D.C. United looks to keep up their winning ways against the San Jose Earthquakes tonight. Coming off a 4-0 statement win against Chicago Fire FC last weekend, the Black-and-Red will continue their playoff quest. As for San Jose, they’ll be looking for more points on the road after a 1-1 draw with Minnesota in their last match.
The Black-and-Red and the Quakes will be missing several players for international duty. D.C.’s Andy Najar (Honduras), Eric Davis (Panama), and Jose Fajardo (Panama) will all be unavailable for selection this evening.
Regardless of absences, the Black-and-Red have their sights set on making the playoffs and will need to dig deep in the final weeks of the 2023 season.
Goalkeeper Alex Bono is all about D.C. United leaning into their gritty side and being “a tough team to play against.” (Check out everything Alex Bono had to say here.)
We hope the Black-and-Red capitalize on the home-field advantage tonight to pull off another stunner.
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Key Players: Christian Benteke and Ted Ku-DiPietro
Veteran striker Benteke and homegrown talent Ku-DiPietro have been shredding it on the pitch, bringing ample excitement to match day. We’re looking forward to them continuing the trend tonight.
Watch Out For: Cristian Espinoza and Jeremy Ebobisse
Quakes top goal scorers Espinoza and Ebobisse will be out to cause Alex Bono trouble tonight. Espinoza and Ebobisse have 12 and 8 goals this season, respectively.
Challenges: The Black-and-Red have several players out for injury and international duty, giving Wayne Rooney fewer choices for tonight’s roster.
Previously: D.C. hasn’t faced San Jose since 2021, when the Quakes overwhelmed the Black-and-Red 4-1 at Earthquakes Stadium.
San Jose Earthquakes Availability:
Out: Nathan (ACL), Judson (lower body)
Questionable: Jack Skahan (lower body)
International Duty: Ousseni Bouda (Burkina Faso), Cade Cowell (USA), Carlos Gruezo (Ecuador), and Miguel Trauco (Peru)
D.C. United Availability:
Out: Martin Rodriguez (knee), Mohanad Jeahze (leg), Tyler Miller (abdomen)
Questionable: Derrick Williams (calf)
International Duty: Andy Najar (Honduras), Eric Davis (Panama), Jose Fajardo (Panama)
Location: Audi Field, Washington, DC
Kickoff time: 7:30 pm ET
Referee: Tori Penso
Available streaming: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV