FC Dallas-Earthquakes Preview

The Associated Press

Short-handed FC Dallas has continued to sputter but now gets to face another ailing club.

Dallas looks to avoid a franchise record-tying fourth consecutive defeat and prevent the San Jose Earthquakes from earning just their second win of the season Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Among Dallas' missing players is playmaking midfielder Mauro Diaz, who will undergo knee surgery Tuesday and is not expected to return until the end of June at the earliest. Kellyn Acosta (knee), George John (knee) and Andres Escobar (back) are also sidelined.

Je-Vaughn Watson will finish a two-game suspension after drawing a red card for violent conduct in Sunday's 1-0 loss to New York.

Without those players, FC Dallas (5-4-1) couldn't hold an early lead in Seattle on Wednesday and fell 2-1 after giving up a goal in the 88th minute.

"We deserved more, but that's the game," coach Oscar Pareja said.

Dallas, 1-4-0 since a franchise-best 4-0-1 start, will try to avoid the eighth four-game losing streak in club history and first since Sept. 10-Oct. 1, 2011.

While FC Dallas has been held to two goals during its three-game skid but is second in MLS with 19, San Jose is one off the league low with eight goals this season.

The Earthquakes (1-3-4) are second-to-last in the Western Conference, and their only win came against last-place Chivas USA on April 26. They've opened this month with a loss at Vancouver and a scoreless draw against Colorado on Wednesday.

"We need more time, but I think we are in a good way," midfielder Jean-Bapitste Pierazzi told the league's website. "Before the game (against Colorado), we thought that we need to be confident, because we have quality on this team. In this locker room, we have only good players. We can play. We have the team to be higher in the standings."

San Jose is missing five players, and midfielder Yannick Djalo is questionable for this game because of groin tightness. Defender Andreas Gorlitz is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his right ACL against Colorado.

Steven Lenhart (knee), Tommy Muller (back), Jason Hernandez (quad), Tommy Thompson (knee) are also out.

The Earthquakes, though, still have one of the league's leading goal scorers in Chris Wondolowski. He had two of his five goals in the loss to Vancouver and tallied the winner in the most recent meeting with Dallas, a 2-1 home victory Oct. 26.

The teams went 1-1-1 in last season's series, but FC Dallas is 1-4-4 in the past nine matchups and winless in its last five visits to San Jose.