SEA v. SJ Pre-Match Analysis

by Charles Therrell (DISK DOKTOR), Oakland, CA

To my dearest brethren of the Fog City Faithful:

At seven p.m. (19:00) Pacific Daylight Time, on Saturday, 14th March 2015, the Seattle Sounders Football Club will welcome an illustrious guest to the friendly confines of Royal Brougham Park. The San Jose Earthquakes will travel to Occidental Avenue, Seattle, Washington to play in what has become a rather hotly contested series, with familiarity very much breeding the deepest level of contempt.

That’s right, The Faithful. San Jose Earthquakes v. 3.0. The side so brilliant that they had to be resurrected from the dead…twice.

The Good News
The Sounders have a winning record versus the Quakes in Seattle. Sounders FC have won five, drawn one, and lost three.

The Bad News
Our Sounders have a losing record overall in league matches against the Quakes. We’ve won six, drawn two, and lost eight.

Worse News
Our leading scorer in league matches vs. the Quakes, Freddy Montero is no longer with us, as he’s moved on to the greener pastures of Portuguese football at Sporting Lisbon. Montero hit four goals all-time versus San Jose. San Jose’s leading scorer in the series is Chris Wondolowski, who has hit the most goals of anyone in the series with a total of seven. Wondolowski is a predatory finisher (9th on the MLS all-time goal scorers list having hit 93 goals in his career), and any Sounders success will stem from keeping a leash on San Jose’s star striker. Leading active scorers for the Sounders in the series are Martins, Neagle, and Evans – all with two goals apiece.

Still Worse News
Clutch defensive midfield stopper Osvaldo Alonso is on injury list with a groin problem, and is expected to be out for the better part of two months.

Familiar Faces
Both Stefan Frei and Quakes ‘keeper David Bingham played between the pipes for the California Golden Bears. San Jose midfielder Cordell Cato used to wear the Rave Green (and sometimes Supa Cyan) of Seattle.

Although selections haven’t been revealed for the match (Typical), these are the selections for each club for the previous match:

San Jose: Bingham, Wynne, Bernardez, Renato, Francis, Nyassi, Pierazzi, Koval, Salinas, Garcia, Wondolowski

Seattle: Frei, Mears, Evans, Marshall, Gonzalez, Pappa, Azira, Pineda, Neagle, Dempsey, Martins

Fun Fact
Eleven of the sixteen meetings between the clubs in the MLS era have been decided by only one goal. So stay sharp, and scarves up!

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