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August 5, 2013 12:00 AM EDT

MLS Preview: San Jose Earthquakes - Chivas USA

The matchup pits the bottom two teams in the Western Conference against one another, although San Jose maintains a 10-point edge over bottom-feeding Chivas.

By Avi Creditor

Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes, MLS
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San Jose Earthquakes (4-4-2): Busch; Beitashour, Bernardez, Goodson, Morrow; Salinas, Cronin, Baca, Alas; Lenhart, Wondolowski.


OUT: Nana Attakora (concussion related symptoms), Mike Fucito (R ankle fracture), Ty Harden (R hip surgery), Tommy Muller (lower back spasms)

QUESTIONABLE: Jason Hernandez (L groin strain), Walter Martinez (L hamstring strain)

Chivas USA (4-5-1): Kennedy; Delgado, Bocanegra, de Luna, Borja; Bowen, Mejia, Alvarez, Avila, Villafana; Torres.


OUT: Daniel Antunez (L ACL reconstruction), Bobby Burling (concussion), Caleb Calvert (R foot contusion), Tim Melia (lumbar distectomy)

QUESTIONABLE: Jose Correa (R quad irritation), Oswaldo Minda (L adductor strain)

  • San Jose welcomes back its USA contingent from the squad that won the Gold Cup, with Chris Wondolowski, Clarence Goodson and Alan Gordon returning to the squad. Goodson is eligible to make his club debut after returning to MLS last month.
  • Wondolowski was tied for the competition lead in the Gold Cup with five goals, all of which were scored in the first two games against Belize and Cuba.
  • The match could pit two veteran USA centerbacks against one another, as Carlos Bocanegra is in line to play his third match since joining Chivas USA, and Goodson could suit up for the Earthquakes.
  • San Jose will have to play without the suspended Alan Gordon and Marvin Chavez. The latter's absence could allow for the club debut of Salvadoran star Jaime Alas.
  • San Jose and Chivas USA the bottom two teams in the Western Conference, but San Jose is 10 points clear of Chivas and only five points out of a playoff spot.
  • The Earthquakes enter the game riding a wave of momentum after a pair of consecutive victories over Cascadia clubs Seattle and Portland. It marks the first time the club won successive games this season.
  • Chivas USA, meanwhile, fell to Seattle last week a game after snapping its 14-game winless stretch.
  • Mexican striker Erick Torres has scored a goal in each of his first two games with Chivas USA.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
18Jon BuschGoalkeeper
33Steven BeitashourDefender
3Jordan StewartMidfielder
44C. GoodsonDefender
5V. BernárdezDefender
4Sam CroninMidfielder
6Shea SalinasMidfielder
-Rafael BacaMidfielder
7Cordell CatoStriker
16Steven LenhartStriker
8Chris WondolowskiStriker
1David BinghamGoalkeeper
14Mehdi BallouchyMidfielder
-Jaime AlasMidfielder
14Adam JahnStriker
-Ramiro CorralesDefender
2Justin MorrowDefender
21Jason HernandezDefender
1Dan KennedyGoalkeeper
3Carlos BocanegraDefender
18Josue SotoMidfielder
33M. de LunaDefender
5Carlos BorjaDefender
-J. MoralesStriker
15Eric AvilaMidfielder
12Marco DelgadoMidfielder
-E. MejíaMidfielder
9E. TorresStriker
7Tristan BowenStriker
-Patrick McLainGoalkeeper
-Gabriel FarfánDefender
25Steve PurdyDefender
2Bobby BurlingDefender
-Marvin IrahetaMidfielder
20Carlos AlvarezMidfielder
19Jorge VillafanaDefender
Probable Lineups
Jon Busch 18
Steven Beitashour 33
Jordan Stewart 3
C. Goodson 44
V. Bernárdez 5
Sam Cronin 4
Shea Salinas 6
Rafael Baca 0
Cordell Cato 7
Steven Lenhart 16
Chris Wondolowski 8
Dan Kennedy 1
Carlos Bocanegra 3
Josue Soto 18
M. de Luna 33
Carlos Borja 5
J. Morales 0
Eric Avila 15
Marco Delgado 12
E. Mejía 0
E. Torres 9
Tristan Bowen 7
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Columbus Crew
4 2
Bradley Wright-Phillips Bradley Wright-Phillips
NY Red Bulls
4 1