Minnesota United FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes 3/19/22 - Major League Soccer Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 03/18/2022 at 10:18 AM ET

Minnesota United hosts the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday in a MLS Western Conference matchday 4 fixture. Minnesota United is seventh in the conference table at 1-2-0 on five points with a goal difference of +1. Minnesota defeated the New York Red Bulls 1-0 last week in New York for their first victory of the season. Prior to defeating New York, Minnesota posted two consecutive 1-1 draws with Philadelphia and Nashville.

Minnesota is unbeaten through its first three matches with one win and two draws, which is the second time in club history the Loons have gone unbeaten through three matches. Dayne St. Clair made eight saves in goal versus New York last Sunday to post a clean sheet. Hassani Dotson, Robin Lod and Luis Amarilla each have one goal. Dotson and Franco Fragapane have one assist apiece.

San Jose is 13th in the Western Conference table at 0-1-2 on 1 point with a goal difference of -4. San Jose was held scoreless by Philadelphia 2-0 last weekend. The Earthquakes opened their regular season with a 3-1 loss at home to the New York Red Bulls followed by a 3-3 draw at home against the Columbus Crew before falling to Philadelphia last weekend.

This is the third time in the last four seasons that San Jose has opened its campaign without a win in its first three matches. However, San Jose has gone four consecutive matches without a win to start a season just once over the last six seasons. Francisco Calvo is the leading goal scorer for San Jose with two, while Christian Espinoza and Javier Lopez each have scored one goal. Jan Gregus has a team-high two assists.

San Jose was victorious in each of the first four fixtures against Minnesota during 2017 and 2018 but Minnesota is unbeaten in the most recent six matches between the two with four victories and two draws. Both matches last season between the two ended in a draw. Look for that trend to continue on Saturday as the two Western conference rivals will battle to a draw once again. Final Score Prediction, Draw 1-1.

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