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August 18, 2013 10:00 PM EDT
Buck Shaw Stadium — Santa Clara, California
Referee:‬ J. Guzmán‎
Attendance:‬ 10525‎

MLS Preview: San Jose Earthquakes - Sporting Kansas City

The two CONCACAF Champions League participants clash at Buck Shaw Stadium for their only meeting of the campaign, a season after each finished atop its respective conference.

By Avi Creditor

Graham Zusi, Sporting KC
San Jose Earthquakes (4-4-2): Busch; Beitashour, Bernardez, Goodson, Stewart; Cato, Cronin, Baca, Salinas; Wondolowski, Lenhart.


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

QUESTIONABLE: Dan Gargan (R adductor strain), Walter Martinez (L hamstring strain)
Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen; Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic; Feilhaber, Rosell, Joseph; Dwyer, Bieler, Saad.


OUT: Paulo Nagamura (L ankle sprain), Josh Gardner (L hamstring strain)

QUESTIONABLE: Graham Zusi (R quad strain), Kei Kamara (ankle sprain)
  • San Jose had a three-game winning streak snapped last week with a 2-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps.
  • Sporting KC, conversely, snapped a two-game losing skid with a 3-0 victory over the New England Revolution.
  • Last season, both teams finished atop their respective conferences, with San Jose winning the Supporters' Shield. This season, Sporting KC is atop the Eastern Conference, but San Jose is stuck in eighth place in the West -- although the Quakes are just four points out of a playoff place.
  • Both teams are participating in the CONCACAF Champions League. Sporting KC won its first group game, while San Jose dropped its first match to another MLS entrant, the Montreal Impact.
  • San Jose is just 2-4-2 against Eastern Conference competition this season, and has lost its last three games against teams from the East -- New England, Chicago and D.C. United.
  • Sporting KC star Graham Zusi has returned to full training after injuring his quadriceps in the MLS All-Star Game and is in line to make his return after a two-game absence.
  • Sporting KC forward Soony Saad has helped fill the void left behind by Zusi, scoring three goals and assisting on three others in the last eight games.
  • Kei Kamara is also a question for the visitors after being on the wrong end of a red-card worthy tackle from New England's Andy Dorman, suffering a sprained ankle in the process. He scored twice in the match.

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18Jon BuschGoalkeeper
3Jordan StewartMidfielder
5V. BernárdezDefender
33Steven BeitashourDefender
44C. GoodsonDefender
-Rafael BacaMidfielder
81Marvin ChávezMidfielder
4Sam CroninMidfielder
-Jaime AlasMidfielder
24Alan GordonStriker
8Chris WondolowskiStriker
1David BinghamGoalkeeper
2Justin MorrowDefender
21Jason HernandezDefender
7Cordell CatoStriker
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14Adam JahnStriker
16Steven LenhartStriker
1Jimmy NielsenGoalkeeper
13Lawrence OlumMidfielder
78Aurellien CollinDefender
5Matt BeslerDefender
7Chance MyersDefender
15Seth SinovicDefender
10Benny FeilhaberMidfielder
20Oriol RosellStriker
16Claudio BielerStriker
22Soony SaadStriker
37Jacob PetersonMidfielder
18Eric KronbergGoalkeeper
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24Meshack JeromeDefender
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19Peterson JosephMidfielder
10Teal BunburyStriker
17C.J. SapongStriker
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