D.C. United vs. San Jose Earthquakes


Lionard Pajoy, middle, and D.C. United will look to snap a 13-game winless streak Saturday when they face San Jose. (Rob Carr/GETTY IMAGES)
June 21, 2013

D.C. United vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Where: RFK Stadium. When: 7 p.m.

TV: Comcast SportsNet.

Records: United 1-11-3, 6 points; Earthquakes 4-6-6, 18.

D.C. probable starters: GK Bill Hamid; Ds Chris Korb, Brandon McDonald, Daniel Woolard, Alain Rochat; MFs Nick DeLeon, Perry Kitchen, John Thorrington, Sainey Nyassi; Fs Chris Pontius, Lionard Pajoy.

San Jose probable starters: GK Jon Busch; Ds Steven Beitashour, Jason Hernandez, Nana Attakora, Justin Morrow; MFs Marvin Chavez, Sam Cronin, Rafael Baca, Walter Martinez; Fs Alan Gordon, Steven Lenhart.

Outlook: United’s 13-game winless streak in league play (0-10-3) is the longest in club history and five off Real Salt Lake’s MLS record, set in 2005-06 during the expansion team’s first two seasons. Defenders Dejan Jakovic and James Riley have been ruled out with adductor strains. Forward-midfielder Dwayne De Rosario, whose penalty kick last week against Toronto FC ended United’s 314-minute scoring drought, is questionable with a strained hip flexor. Chris Pontius, Kyle Porter, Marcelo Saragosa, Ethan White and Carlos Ruiz are questionable with varying injuries. The Earthquakes are being coached on an interim basis by Mark Watson, a former Canadian defender who played for United in 2001. Watson, who succeeded Frank Yallop earlier this month, won his debut last week at Colorado, ending the club’s four-game winless streak and providing the first away victory after five defeats and two draws. San Jose forward-midfielder Chris Wondolowski, the league’s 2012 MVP, is out with a foot injury. D.C. has failed to score in nine of 15 regular season matches and 10 of 17 overall. San Jose has scored seven of its 15 goals in the last 15 minutes of matches. The Earthquakes have won three straight at RFK and lead the all-time series 16-11-6.

— Steven Goff

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