The Shield holders are struggling, stuck outside the playoff spots, and East-leading Montreal will look to capitalize on their rough form.
|San Jose Earthquakes (4-4-2): Busch; Gargan, Bernarndez, Attakora, Morrow; Chavez, Baca, Cronin, Corrales; Jahn, Wondolowski.
OUT: Mehdi Ballouchy (L torn ACL), David Bingham (L quad strain), Jason Hernandez (R calf strain), Tommy Muller (low back spasms), Brad Ring (R knee sprain)
QUESTIONABLE: Ty Harden (Osteitis pubis), Peter McGlynn (Osteitis pubis), Shea Salinas (L knee bone bruise), Marcus Tracy (R knee effusion)
|Montreal Impact (4-3-3): Perkins; Brovsky, Nesta, Camara, Iapchino; Romero, Martins, Bernier, Arnaud; Paponi, DiVaio.
OUT: Nelson Rivas (L knee surgery), Matteo Ferrari (L calf strain)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- On Wednesday, Montreal qualified for the final of the Canadian Championship after defeating Toronto FC 6-0 in the second leg for a 6-2 aggregate scoreline.
- The Earthquakes have taken 60 corner kicks this season, more than any other team in MLS.
- The Impact have given away just five goals this season, the stingiest defense in the East.
- Montreal striker Marco Di Vaio leads MLS in shots on goal, with 16.
- San Jose will be without forwards Alan Gordon and Steven Lenhart, both of whom were suspended by the MLS disciplinary committee.