Death, taxes and the Earthquakes staging a late comeback at Avaya. San Jose (4-4-4, 16 points) travels to Dallas after more late heroics when Chris Wondolowski scored the equalizer in the closing minutes of Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Orlando City to escape with a point. Playing at home for the second consecutive match, FC Dallas (5-0-4 19 points) hosts the Quakes coming off a 1-1 draw of its own with New York City FC. Here are three things to think about as the game approaches:

1. A weight lifted from Tommy’s shoulders
Homegrown player Tommy Thompson provided the assist on Wondolowski’s game-tying goal against Orlando. Having appeared in games for San Jose since 2014, Wednesday’s assist was the first point for Thompson as a pro. After beginning the season in the starting lineup for the Quakes, Thompson has seemingly been supplanted by newcomers Jahmir Hyka and Danny Hoesen as they have become more acquainted with the club. Perhaps Thompson’s assist will spark a new fire under the 21-year-old.

“Everyone likes Tommy and wants him to do well,” Earthquakes coach Dominic Kinnear said after Wednesday’s draw. “I think getting his first assist was a weight off his shoulders. He’s a proud young man who works hard at his game and he probably thought about it too much. Hopefully this leads to more offensive statistics for him.”

2. Conquering the Dallas demons
FC Dallas has historically been a difficult puzzle to solve for San Jose. The last victory in Dallas for the Quakes came in 2014. In their last eight matchups, the Quakes have been unable to defeat Dallas. Thompson has seen firsthand just how difficult things have been when playing Dallas the past few years, but he believes offseason additions have made this team capable of handing Dallas its first loss of the season.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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