The San Jose Earthquakes have become something of a bogey team for the Sounders and will take a four-game winning streak over Seattle into their meeting today at CenturyLink Field.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (3-3-5; 14 POINTS)AT SOUNDERS FC (2-3-3; 9 POINTS)1 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: San Jose leads 6-4-1 in MLS. The series is even in Seattle, 3-3. The Earthquakes have won four straight meetings, including a 1-0 result at San Jose on March 23. The Sounders’ last win came Oct. 15, 2011, in goalkeeper Kasey Keller’s final home game. The teams will meet once more in this regular season: July 13 at San Jose. NOTES: San Jose is the defending MLS Supporters Shield winner. … The Earthquakes ended a six-match winless streak Wednesday with a 2-1 come-from-behind home win over Toronto. … Seattle is 0-1-2 at home, while the Quakes are 0-2-2 on the road. … San Jose is tied for third in goals scored, while Seattle is third in goals allowed. … Reigning Golden Boot champion Chris Wondolowski leads the club with five goals, including the game-winner in the earlier meeting with Seattle. Quakes rookie forward Adam Jahn has four goals – all equalizers in the final 10 minutes. … Six of San Jose’s 12 goals have come in the final 15 minutes: two game-winners and four equalizers. … San Jose midfielder Marvin Chavez is out due to disciplinary suspension for violent conduct vs. Toronto. Jahn (thigh) is game-day decision. Steven Lenhart (heel) is out, as is former Sounder Mike Fucito (groin). … Seattle is playing its third match in eight days. …The referee is Jair Marrufo.QUOTABLE: “Jahn has been playing well for them. (Wondolowski) is always an ever-present danger. So we have to be ready, we have to be on our toes; but we have to take the form and mainly the heart and the effort that we’ve shown in our road trip onto the field.” – Sounders coach Sigi SchmidNEXT: FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m. May 18, CenturyLink Field.
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