Here is our game preview, which includes info on the Demspey suspension. Below, the game basics:
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (9-4-2; 29 POINTS) VS. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (5-5-4; 19 POINTS)1 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: JOEtv. RADIO: 97.3 FMHEAD TO HEAD: San Jose leads the regular-season series, 9-6-2. Seattle leads 5-4-1 at home. The Quakes won in the second week of this MLS season, 3-2, at Seattle. The teams meet again Sept. 12 at San Jose’s new Avaya Stadium.NOTES: The Sounders will be without their two leading goal-scorers as Clint Dempsey (seven) on Friday received a three-game suspension from MLS, and Obafemi Martins (seven) is out with a groin injury. Forward Chad Barrett (hamstring) and midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (ankle) also are out, and midfielder Gonzalo Pineda (knee) is questionable. However, midfielder Marco Pappa is back from international duty. … The Sounders have the best record in MLS. The Quakes are eighth in the Western Conference. … Seattle has one loss over its last five games, while San Jose has one loss over its last seven. … Both teams played U.S. Open Cup matches at midweek. … Chris Wondolowski leads San Jose in goals (eight), shots (44) and shots on target (16). Their assists leader is Matias Perez Garcia (three). … Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei leads the league in goals-against average, wins and saves. On Friday he won the MLS save-of-the-week award for a stop last weekend in a shutout of Dallas. … The referee is Juan Guzman.QUOTE: “They didn’t have a game (last) Saturday. Their starters, only two of them played in the Open Cup game, so they’re going to be a well-rested team coming in in the game against us, and we’re going to have to be prepared for that.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on the Quakes.
NEXT: The Sounders return to MLS play at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Philadelphia.