Two of MLS' top scorers this season in the form of David Estrada and Chris Wondolowski will square off at CenturyLink Field in the first Western Conference game for both teams.
|Seattle Sounders FC (4-4-2): Gspurning; Scott, Ianni, Hurtado, Burch; Levesque, Alonso, Evans, Fernandez; Estrada, Montero.
OUT: GK Josh Ford (knee pain); DF Andrew Duran (knee surgery); DF Michael Tetteh (hamstring); MF Mauro Rosales (knee injury); MF Steve Zakuani (leg fracture)
DOUBTFUL: FW Eddie Johnson (hip injury)
QUESTIONABLE: DF Adam Johansson (hamstring)
|San Jose Earthquakes (4-4-2): Busch; Beitashour, Bernardez, Morrow, Corrales; Chavez, Cronin, Moreno, Salinas; Lenhart, Wondolowski.
OUT: MF Joey Gjertsen (R knee surgery); DF Tim Ward (L non-specific soft tissue injury)
DOUBTFUL: MF Sercan Guvenisik (R hip flexor strain)
QUESTIONABLE: MF Marvin Chavez (concussion)
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- Expect a few goals in this game. For one, the two teams combined for seven goals in their two encounters last season (2-2 draw in San Jose, 2-1 home win for Seattle). Secondly, both teams' top scorers, David Estrada and Chris Wondolowski, have combined for seven goals in five games in 2012, including two for Wondolowski and one for Estrada in wins last weekend. The goal put Estrada at the top of the MLS scoring chart with four goals.
- This is the first Western Conference game for both teams. San Jose has defeated New England (1-0) and Toronto (3-0), and lost to Houston (1-0). Seattle has won both its games so far, defeating Toronto 3-1 and Houston 2-0, both at home.
- The two teams have scored nine goals against each other in seven meetings, though the Sounders hold a distinct edge in the series, having won four games to San Jose's two, with a draw mixed in.
- Though Wondolowski grabbed the attention with a pair of goals in last weekend's 3-0 win at Toronto, he missed a gilt-edged chance at a hat trick in the waning minutes of the game. He found himself wide open, but managed to hit the post with the goal at his mercy.
- Wondolowski found his name on the score sheet, but Sam Cronin also drew plenty of plaudits for his two-assist performance against his former club last weekend, the first of his career. "I think that’s a huge, underrated part of Sam’s game," Wondolowski said. "He does a great job of covering so much ground and tackling, it kind of goes unnoticed how good his passing is."
- The Sounders are missing key players in the form of Mauro Rosales, Eddie Johnson and Steve Zakuani, but have nonetheless managed a positive start to their MLS campaign.