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MLS Preview: San Jose Earthquakes (2-1-0) at St. Louis City SC (3-0-0)

San Jose Earthquakes are unbeaten against expansion teams since 2019 (W3 D1), one of four teams in that time without a loss (excluding St. Louis City SC), joining Columbus Crew SC, Los Angeles Football Club, and the Seattle Sounders FC. The Earthquakes, however, have just two wins in their first away match against an MLS expansion team (D5 L7, including a breakaway shootout loss).

St. Louis City SC earned a 2-1 win against the Portland Timbers despite conceding in the third minute of the match. St. Louis City SC is the first MLS team to record three straight come-from-behind wins since the Los Angeles Galaxy in August 2015 and the first team ever to do so in the first three matches of a season.

Since the beginning of last season, San Jose has won just one win in 20 road matches in all competitions (D6 L13). That is tied with the Colorado Rapids for fewest road wins (all competitions) by an MLS team in that time. For comparison, St. Louis City SC has won both its road games as an MLS franchise.

Eduard Lowen and Joao Klauss each have at least one goal contribution (goal or assist) in all three of St. Louis City SC’s games. Klauss and Lowen join Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi as the only pair of teammates this century to each have a goal contribution in their first three MLS games while doing so in the same game.

Cristian Espinoza’s goal was the difference in San Jose’s 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids as Espinoza now has a run-of-play outside-the-box goal in the last four seasons. That is the longest active streak of such goals among all MLS players.

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