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Sounders return home to face San Jose Quakes

LogoSJThe Sounders are traveling today, so it might be a good time to take a first look ahead to their 1 p.m. Saturday match against San Jose at CenturyLink Field.

Both teams will be coming off wins, as Seattle shocked Kansas City 1-0 last night, and San Jose got past Toronto, 2-1.

Here are some notes from Sounders FC (adapted to accommodate last night's results):

SJ Series NotesSounders FC has struggled recently against the reigning Supporters' Shield winners. San Jose leads the all-time series at 4-6-1 after winning the past four meetings. The last win for Sounders FC came on October 15, 2011, when Seattle downed the Quakes, 2-1, in Kasey Keller's final regular-season home match. San Jose holds the advantage with 15 goals scored to Seattle's 11, and the Rave Green have held a shutout just twice. The two teams will meet one more time in regular-season play on July 13 at San Jose. About SJFrank Yallop's club has 14 points (3-3-5) through 10 games this season after winning the Supporter's Shield with 66 (19-6-9) in 2012. Until last night the Quakes were riding a six-match winless streak (0-2-4) and had not won since March 23. They also have yet to win (0-2-2) on the road this season and have been outscored 6-3 away from Buck Shaw Stadium. After finishing top-three in every offensive statistical category last season, San Jose hasn't showed the same offensive firepower in 2013. However, they have continued they're knack for late-game heroics, netting six goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season (four equalizers, two game-winners) after leading the league with 22 goals scored in the final 15 last season.

Earthquakes NotablesDefending MLS MVP Chris Wondolowski leads San Jose with 5 goals in this season, including a goal and an assist last night. The American designated player, who has scored 65 goals since the start of the 2010 season, netted the lone goal in a 1-0 San Jose win over Seattle on March 23. Rookie forward Adam Jahn has scored four goals this season -- all second-half equalizers. Midfielder Shea Salinas leads the club and is tied-third in MLS with three assists in this season, including two in a 2-2 draw with Chivas USA.

The Earthquake defense is led by 2012 Defender of the Year finalist Victor Bernardez, who was also a finalist for 2012 Newcomer of the Year. 2013 U.S. National Team camp invitee Steven Beitashour has started the last three games after missing the first seven. Justin Morrow, who scored the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Columbus earlier this season, started 33 games for the Quakes in 2012. Ty Harden, Jason Hernandez, and Nana Attakora have all seen significant time in the back this season.

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