Two of the bottom three teams in the West meet up, eager to scramble toward the playoff berths.
|San Jose Earthquakes (4-3-3): Busch; Beitashour, Bernardez, Hernandez, Gargan; Salinas, Cronin, Baca, Ballouchy; Jahn, Gordon.
OUT: Nana Attakora (concussion related symptoms), Mike Fucito (R ankle fracture), Ty Harden (R hip surgery), Steven Lenhart (head contusion/laceration), Tommy Muller (Lower back spasms)
|Seattle Sounders FC (4-4-2): Gspurning; Scott, Traore, Hurtado, Gonzalez; Rosales, Carrasco, Joseph, Evans; Martins, Johnson.
OUT: Josh Ford (R patella fracture), Steve Zakuani (athletic pubalgia)
QUESTIONABLE: Osvaldo Alonso (L quad strain)
- These teams have already exchanged defeats this season. Each won at home.
- The Sounders won 4-0 on the strength of a Lamar Neagle double, snapping a four-game 'Quakes winning run in this matchup.
- More recently, Seattle failed to score on the road for the third time in a row, losing 2-0 to the Vancouver Whitecaps. Previously, Vancouver had never beaten Seattle or Cascadia rival Portland Timbers in MLS. The Sounders are seventh in the Western Conference.
- San Jose lost both games on an East coast road swing, going down to the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution. The 'Quakes are one spot behind Seattle but have played four more games.
- Jon Busch leads the league in saves this season, with 72.