SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC v. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES Pre-Match Analysis

by Charles Therrell (DISK DOKTOR), Oakland, CA

Greetings to my brothers and sisters in Green. San Jose Earthquakes have made the trip from Coleman Avenue to the Pacific North West for a Saturday night showdown, under the lights, at Royal Brougham Park. Our past record against San Jose demonstrates unpredictability within a number of closely contested matches. The Quakes are on a very short list of clubs that we haven’t generally dominated over the years. They have some quality in their team, with a fair amount of experience in tough leagues in both Europe, Central America and South America. In the face of all of that, the Sounders have never shrunk from a good solid challenge, and Saturday night’s test against our auld NASL nemesis will be no different. In light of recent results, could the Sounders be due to administer an auld-fashioned hiding to our rivals from the Bay? Fasten that seat belt. Batten the hatches. All hands to action stations. I predict a wooly one will unfold on Occidental Avenue. All Sounders supporters from the ECS and all of her satellite members, raise your glasses this Saturday night and join me in the auld toast: TO THE SEATTLE SOUNDERS FOOTBALL CLUB…AND VICTORY!!!

The Good News
With Dempsey returning to the team and Friberg and Valdez fit enough to be substitutes last week, we are starting to more resemble the side we were before injuries cropped up in bunches. Jordan Morris’ recent play has him scoring goals with the appearance of consistency.

The Bad News
We are winless in our last five matches against San Jose. We haven’t beaten them since our first match against them in 2014. When San Jose plays at Seattle, we have won five, lost five and drawn once in 11 matches. Our overall record against San Jose since Seattle joined MLS is a discouraging 6-3-10. We are still languishing in 13th place in the MLS table, whilst our rivals from the Bay Area sit in 5th place, two points behind leaders, Colorado. Jordan Stewart, San Jose’s English ringer, played 105 times for Watford. Goodson has 46 USA caps, in addition to nearly 130 matches in Scandinavia. Wondo has 31 caps, 10 goals for USA and also has scored 9 goals against the Sounders FC, the most I’ve seen of any player ever from any opposing club. Innocent Emeghara the European journeyman goalscorer has a dangerous combination of youth and lethal finishing. Simon Dawkins is also a former English league player in addition to 19 caps for Jamaica. Perez Garcia is the Argentinian ringer as he played for a variety of clubs in the Americas. David Bingham was a standout for Cal during his university days in Berkeley, and is currently on the radar of United States manager, Jürgen Klinsmann.

The Rest
Since 2009 when Seattle first started playing the Quakes in the league, five goals have been scored in added time. Dominic Kinnear is another in a long list of opposing managers that were extremely difficult to play against as players. As a manager, Kinnear has consistently excelled at getting results from teams with a talent level that could best be described as moderate. When scouring the current squad list for San Jose, it appears that he is now managing a side that has both talent and experience.

Familiar Faces
Chad Barrett, Cordell Cato (who once sunk SJ in a US Open Cup tie at the Kezar). Also Castro Valley native and former Cal Golden Bear, David Bingham, and Danville native Chris Wondolowski who played for the NCAA’s Chico State Wildcats, Adam Jahn who once played for the Washington Crossfire. Goalkeeper Bryan Meredith who played 12 times for us between 2011-12.

Selections for Last Match
Sounders FC: Frei, Mears, Scott, Marshall, Joevin Jones, Gómez, Roldan, Alonso, Dempsey, Morris, Kovar.

Bench: Miller (gk), Remick, Fisher, Alfaro, Anderson, Valdez, Friberg.

San Jose: Bingham, Sarkodie, Wynne, Bernárdez, Francis, Quintero, Alashe, Godoy, Dawkins, Wondolowski, Emeghara (Innocent).

Bench: Meredith (gk), Stewart, Pérez García, Jahn, Thompson, Barrett, Salinas.

Injury List
Sounders FC-
OUT: Torres (ACL)
MATCHDAY DECISION: Ivanschitz (thigh)

San Jose-
OUT: Pelosi (knee), Cato (hamstring), Goodson (back), Sherrod (knee)
MATCHDAY DECISION: Amarikwa (hamstring)

Discipline
Sounders FC: none.
San Jose: Godoy (Sent Off).

Fun Fact
A true Fog City connection for this weeks Fun Fact. Former Sounder, Cordell Cato, once scored the deciding goal against the Quakes in a US Open Cup Quarter-Final played at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.

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