MLS Preview: San Jose Earthquakes - Seattle Sounders FC

The Sounders have a quick turnaround after losing the Open Cup final, taking on the league leader three days later.
San Jose Earthquakes (4-4-2): Busch; Beitashour, Bernardez, Hernandez, Morrow; Salinas, Baca, Cronin, Dawkins; Lenhart, Wondolowski.


OUT: MF Jean-Marc Alexandre (R knee MCL sprain); MF Joey Gjertsen (R knee surgery); DF Tim Ward (L non-specific soft tissue injury)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Marvin Chavez (L hamstring strain)
Seattle Sounders FC (4-4-2): Gspurning; Johansson, Parke, Ianni, Burch; Rosales, Alonso, Evans, Caskey; Johnson, Montero.


OUT: FW Babayele Sodade (R knee ACL tear); FW David Estrada (L foot fracture)
  • San Jose tops MLS with 44 points. Seattle has 37, good for third in the Western Conference.
  • The Earthquakes come into this match well rested, not having played in August. Seattle went 120 minutes and then to penalties as it lost the U.S. Open Cup final to Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday.
  • Chris Wondolowski leads the league with 17 goals. He has scored 0.81 goals every 90 minutes. His goals and assists combined make up 49 percent of San Jose's total haul, the highest individual contribution in MLS.
  • Eddie Johnson, who missed the decisive penalty in the U.S. Open Cup final, leads the league with seven headed goals. Tied for second are Wondolowski and Alan Gordon.
  • San Jose forward Alan Gordon is suspended for this match.