WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Maicon Santos #29 of D.C. United celebrates after scoring a goal in the second half against the Houston Dynamo at RFK Stadium on April 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
The Black-and-red go west on Wednesday night to face the San Jose Earthquakes. Can another lineup shuffle by Ben Olsen stave off an aggressive San Jose attack?
D.C. United travels to the west coast on Wednesday night to face the MLS Western Conference co-leader San Jose Earthquakes. The black-and-red are riding a two-game winning streak as part of a seven-game unbeaten streak that has put them into second place in the Eastern Conference, six points behind Sporting Kansas City. The Earthquakes have a six-game unbeaten streak that has them tied for the Western Conference lead with Real Salt Lake
This is the lone time the two teams will meet in the MLS regular season this year, after splitting two games the year before. The Earthquakes won 4-2 on June 11 last year, while the United won 2-0 on July 30.
With central back Emiliano Dudar out with a hamstring injury, head coach Ben Olsen will have to shuffle his defensive lineup around to try and contend against an aggressive San Jose attack. 12 different Earthquake players have tallied either a goal or an assist. Chris Wondolowski has been particularly hot, scoring eight goals in as many matches.
The game is scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium in San Jose, Ca. Television coverage will be provided by Comcast Sports Network Plus with Dave Johnson and John Harkes providing the commentary.