Here's a quick early look at the game:
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (2-7-3; 9 pts.)
AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (4-3-5; 17 pts.)
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Qwest Field.
TV: KING 5.
Radio: 97.3 FM (in Spanish on 1210 AM).
Head to head: The Sounders won the inaugural meeting, 2-0, on April 25 in Seattle. Steve Zakuani and Brad Evans scored for Seattle, while Kasey Keller got the shutout. Seattle will visit San Jose on Aug. 2.
Team leaders: For San Jose, G 5 Ryan Johnson; A 4 Chris Leitch; Sh 28 Arturo Alvarez; SOG 19 Johnson. For Seattle, G 4 Fredy Montero; A 4 Nate Jaqua; Sh 33 Montero; SOG 9 Montero.
Coach Sigi Schmid scouting report: "They're a team that obviously hasn't done nearly as well as they'd hoped to do. They're a team that can play pretty loose and sort of throw everything out there and say, 'Hey we're just going to go for it. We're trying to win games. We're trying to get points.' And the longer a team like that hangs around, the more dangerous they become."
Notes: The Quakes rank last in the MLS Western Conference and tied for last in the league. They allow a league-high two-goal-per-game average. … San Jose shook up its roster this week, trading Kent-native Cam Weaver to Houston for forward Chris Wondolowski and sending defender Nick Garcia to Toronto for a draft pick. … The Sounders have won once over their last nine games, and that win was against San Jose. The Earthquakes have one once in their last 10, however they are 1-0-2 over their last three games. … Alvarez has scored goals in back-to-back games. … Sounders midfielder Jaqua is out due to red-card suspension and defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado is out due to yellow-card accumulation. Defender Tyrone Marshall returns from red-card suspension. Midfielder Peter Vagenas (ankle) and midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (quad) aren't expected to start. … Keller is second in MLS with a 0.68 goals-against average and third with a 77.8 saves percentage. … Defender James Riley came to the Sounders from San Jose in the expansion draft. … This will be the first of two games played for the Heritage Cup, marking these teams' distinction as the only MLS sides playing under their historic names from the North American Soccer League. … The game is sold out.
Next: D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Qwest Field; sold out; ESPN2.
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