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

by Charles Therrell (DISK DOKTOR)

Greetings to my brothers and sisters in Green. We are in uncharted territory. We were on the ropes and out. Then we signed Lodeiro and were rejuvenated. Then Dempsey’s heart took a turn for the worse, and our form did as well. These recent events make it difficult to predict results. Although the numbers aren’t in our favour for San Jose away, it has to be said that this isn’t the Sounders team that was floundering earlier in the season. Nor is it the team that was rising from the ashes after the signing of Lodeiro. So what team is it? I mean to find out at a local viewing party in Seattle. I encourage you and your lot within the Green Family to find a place to see the match, because I feel it’s going to be a very good one. Many of ours will make the trip to San Jose to watch at the Coleman Avenue ground. It’s a lovely park with a massive bar. For those without tickets, find your way to the rest of the Green Family at a local viewing party. We’ll raise our glasses in the auld toast: TO THE SEATTLE SOUNDERS FOOTBALL CLUB…AND VICTORY!!!

The Good News
San Jose have only one win in the last six matches. We have three wins in the last six matches. A win at Coleman Avenue would leapfrog us over the Fauxquakes in the conference standings, and it would put us within one point of the hated Treecutters.

The Bad News
Dempsey still out. Mend soon, Clint. The Sounders’ away record against the Fauxquakes is a dismal 1-2-5. In that eight game stretch, we have only scored five goals, and conceded 12. Match televised on JoeTV, likely interspersed with episodes of “Cops” – WTF. Wondolowski still top individual goal scorer against us all-time with nine goals. Our recent return to form seems in great jeopardy since Dempsey’s diagnosis. We’re still four points in the standings away from a MLS Cup berth. We still sit 15th in the league table. Overall away record this season utterly sad at 2-3-8 (W-D-L). In thirteen matches at home, San Jose have only lost twice this season.

The Rest
Lodeiro has been a godsend, but can he make the difference without Dempsey in the team?

Familiar Faces
David Bingham played for California Golden Bears and 9 matches for Norwegian club Strømmen IF. David was Stefan Frei’s backup at Cal in his first year, 2008. Meredith played 14 times for Kitsap Pumas and 12 times for Seattle Sounders FC. Meredith was originally drafted by the Sounders in the second round (29th overall) in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Cato played 8 times for the Sounders. Chad Barrett played 44 times for Sounders FC scoring 12 goals, helping the side to a US Open Cup and Supporter’s Shield in 2014.

Selections for Last Match
San Jose: Bingham, Cato, Bernárdez, Imperiale, Francis, Quintero, Cerén, Alashe, Dawkins.

Bench: Tarbell (gk), Stewart, Wynne, Salinas, Sarkodie, Thompson, Innocent.

Sounders FC: Frei, Mears, Evans, Marshall, Joevin Jones, Roldan, Alonso, Fernandéz, Lodeiro, Ivanschitz.

Bench: Miller (gk), Torres, Scott, Fisher, Valdez, Gómez, Friberg.

Injury List
San Jose –
OUT: Pelosi (knee tendinitis), Sherrod (knee surgery), Goodson (back), Amarikwa (ankle), Godoy (hamstring).
MATCHDAY DECISION: Meredith (abdominal strain), Bingham (undisclosed), Bernárdez (undisclosed).

Sounders FC –
OUT: Kovar (broken clavicle), Dempsey (irregular heartbeat).
MATCHDAY DECISION: none.

Discipline
No suspensions this match.
San Jose: Alashe, Godoy out next booking.
Seattle: Joevin Jones out next booking.

Fun Fact
This is worth running a second time: Did you know that the Houston club are actually a re-packaging of the second coming of the San Jose Earthquakes? You know, the version that had Landon Donovan for a bit and actually won something. The NASL Quakes were 1.0, The San Jose Clash 1.5? (clearly an nearsighted attempt by early MLS to get away from the old NASL brand – which as it turned out, true supporters liked better), Quakes 2.0 – Clash become relevant (see Donovan, and the winning) after their re-re-brand but then sulkily run away to Houston because management didn’t get their shiny, new football ground. Then the club’s ownership re-packaged the side with the classic Russian team name ‘Dynamo’ (WTF?), culminating in the very silly orange and white colours that don’t seem to stand for anything. This was followed in the Bay by the current version of the Quakes that replaced them, v. 3.0, who finally got their better than average Coleman Avenue ground. Quakes v. 3.0 = the Fauxquakes. Revisionist history never wins with this reporter. Also, Steven Lenhart still has a pineapple on his head.

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