Quakes carry hot streak into Minnesota match


Two of the surprise teams of the MLS season square off Wednesday night when the Minnesota United host the San Jose Earthquakes.

Neither team made the playoffs last season, but both currently sit in postseason position.

San Jose (7-6-4, 25 points) has been one of the hottest teams in MLS, having gone through the month of June without losing a game at 2-0-2. The last MLS game the Earthquakes lost came May 11 to New England.

Since then it’s been a 4-0-2 run that has the team in fifth place in the Western Conference. In their last match, the Quakes knocked off the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-0 on Saturday.

“We believe in hard work,” said San Jose coach Matias Almeyda. “From the moment we got here, we’ve believed in them and we will keep believing in them. All the merit goes to the players, who have done a great job understanding our plan.”

The win over the Galaxy put an exclamation point on the turnaround for San Jose after starting the season 0-4-0.

“Obviously with the result, we’re very happy,” Almeyda said after the victory. “I’m most pleased that the team plays the same way they train. I like that because when I arrived, they were down and now they know they can compete with anyone.”

Minnesota (7-7-3, 24 points) is coming of its most impressive game of the season, blasting FC Cincinnati 7-1 on Saturday.

“As a coach, all you are trying to do is give players confidence and keep believing in what they are doing,” Loons coach Adrian Heath said. “The one thing I do know is there’s nothing like winning games for everybody. For the group, (for) the mood in the dressing room and (for) the mood in the camp. It’s far easier to motivate people when you’re winning than it is when you’re losing games.”

–Field Level Media

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