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March 3, 2013 10:07 PM EST
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MLS Preview: San Jose Earthquakes - Real Salt Lake

The top two teams from the West in 2012 kick off the 2013 season hoping to repeat recent successes.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake; Nana Attakora, San Jose Earthquakes; MLS
George Frey
San Jose Earthquakes (4-4-2): Busch; Gargan, Bernardez, Hernandez, Morrow; Salinas, Baca, Cronin, Corrales; Wondolowski, Fucito. 

Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Rimando; Beltran, Schuler, Watson-Siriboe, Mansally; Grabavoy, Beckerman, Gil, Velasquez; Saborio, Findley.

  • Last season these teams finished first and second in the Western Conference. The Earthquakes advanced in their playoff matchup, only in the next round to the eventual MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy.
  • Real Salt Lake disbanded a chunk of the core of the side that had contended in the West for the good part of three years. Fabian Espindola, Jonny Steele and Jamison Olave moved to New York, and crucial midfield cog Will Johnson joined Portland. Former RSL standout Robbie Findley returned from Europe. Joao Plata, Khari Stephenson and Josh Saunders provide depth.
  • The Earthquakes largely kept the same squad that won the Supporters' Shield. Aside from the aforementioned Stephenson, the only notable loss was Ike Opara to Sporting Kansas City. Nana Attakora's return should mitigate that trade. Frank Yallop added depth at fullback by bringing in Ty Harden and Dan Gargan.
  • Chris Wondolowski tied the all-time MLS record with 27 goals in 2012. That goal tally helped earn him a new Designated Player contract this offseason.
  • Luis Gil returned early from the U-20 CONCACAF Championship early after helping the United States secure qualification to the U-20 World Cup.

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18Jon BuschGoalkeeper
2Ty HardenDefender
2Justin MorrowDefender
21Jason HernandezDefender
5V. BernárdezDefender
-Ramiro CorralesDefender
4Sam CroninMidfielder
-Rafael BacaMidfielder
6Shea SalinasMidfielder
8Chris WondolowskiStriker
11Michael FucitoMidfielder
1David BinghamGoalkeeper
4Nana AttakoraDefender
-Peter McGlynnDefender
5Brad RingMidfielder
17Sam GarzaStriker
7Cordell CatoStriker
14Adam JahnStriker
18Nick RimandoGoalkeeper
2Tony Beltran Defender
3Kwame Watson-SiriboeDefender
28Chris SchulerDefender
29K. MansallyStriker
5Kyle BeckermanMidfielder
21Luis GilMidfielder
9Khari StephensonMidfielder
26Juan Sebastián VelásquezMidfielder
10Robbie FindleyStriker
15A. SaboríoStriker
12Josh SaundersGoalkeeper
16Carlos SalcedoDefender
5Lovel PalmerMidfielder
-Yordany Alvarez OropezaMidfielder
27John StertzerMidfielder
8Joao PlataStriker
49Devon SandovalStriker
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