San Jose could be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs this weekend when it hosts top-of-the-East Sporting KC.
|San Jose Earthquakes (4-4-2): Busch; Beitashour, Burling, Hernandez, Morrow; Baca, Corrales, Cronin, Dawkins; Stephenson, Wondolowski.||
OUT: MF Andre Luiz (L knee injury); DF Ike Opara (L foot injury); FW Alan Gordon (surgery); FW Steven Lenhart (family leave); DF Nana Attakora (L hamstring strain)
|Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen; Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic; Julio Cesar, Espinoza, Arnaud; Kamara, Sapong, Bravo.||
OUT: DF Daneil Cyrus (L foot fracture); MF Konrad Warzycha (R knee surgery); MF Luke Sassano (R knee sprain)
QUESTIONABLE: MF Roger Espinoza (L quad strain)
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Sporting KC is first in the East with 44 points.
- San Jose is second-to-last in the West, on 31 points. A loss or a tie here could eliminate the Earthquakes from postseason contention, depending on results elsewhere.
- Teal Bunbury (USA), Roger Espinoza (Honduras), Shavar Thomas (Jamaica), Craig Rocastle (Grenada) and Peterson Joseph (Haiti) received international callups from Sporting KC.
- Chris Wondolowski is tied for fourth in the goalscoring charts with 11 goals in 2011.
- KC captain Davy Arnaud could set a franchise record for regular season appearances if he plays in this match. 'Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch could move into first in the league for saves this year; his 106 lags behind the New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis' 110 blocks.