Guest Jeffery S. Posted July 7, 2004 Share Posted July 7, 2004 By this press agency report, from AP; thank goodness this is the updated version: "In what has been a disappointing season for the San Jose Earthquakes, a home matchup with the Dallas Burn should help remind them of past successes. The defending MLS champion Earthquakes, struggling despite a strong record at home, seek their eighth straight win over the Burn. San Jose extended its winning streak against the Burn with a 2-1 win in Dallas on May 15. The Earthquakes, who have outscored the Burn 22-5 during the run, last lost to Dallas on July 13, 2002, at the Cotton Bowl. San Jose, however, is coming off a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday and is 1-2-2 since May 29. ``We are disappointed,'' Earthquakes coach Dwayne DeRosario said. ``At this point of the season, we don't want to fall too far from the top, but the reality of this league is that right now we are in fourth place in the West. The good thing is we have a quick turnaround. We play Dallas on Wednesday and we have a chance to quickly get back on track.'' San Jose hopes returning home will give it a spark, as it is unbeaten in seven straight at Spartan Stadium. The Earthquakes haven't lost at home since Oct. 5, 2003, a 2-0 defeat to the MetroStars. Dallas fell 5-1 to Kansas City on Saturday, and hasn't won since June 12, when it defeated the New England Revolution in Dallas. Against the Wizards, Jason Kreis tied the score for Dallas in the 31st minute, but was ejected in the 45th minute for elbowing Wizards midfielder Kerry Zavagnin in the face. That left Dallas a man short for the second half. Kreis, a forward, will miss Wednesday's game after receiving a red card. Only two of the Burn's five forwards will be available against the Earthquakes. Eddie Johnson, tied for the team lead with four goals and nine points, is out with a left ankle sprain, and Bobby Rhine has a sprained right knee. Toni Nhelko and Jason Thompson will start at forward for Dallas. ``We've got another game on Wednesday night -- a difficult one in San Jose,'' Burn coach Colin Clarke said. ``We'll pick ourselves up and go in there and give it everything we've got. We're just getting short of forwards at the minute.'' Updated on Tuesday, Jul 6, 2004 3:38 pm EDT from http://sports.yahoo.com/mls/preview;_ylc=X3oDMTBpYW9xYm1lBF9TAzk1ODYyNDM2BHNlYwN0aA--?gid=2004070711&prov=ap Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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