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Gameday comes: Sounders-Quakes at 7 p.m.

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SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (6-9-6; 24 POINTS)AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (13-7-2; 41 POINTS)7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: JOEtv. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: The Quakes lead the regular-season series, 8-6-1. Seattle leads 5-3 at home including back-to-back wins. The teams have split their regular season meetings so far this season, Seattle winning 1-0 at home May 17 and losing 1-0 on the road Aug. 2. The Sounders also eliminated San Jose from the U.S. Open Cup at home on penalty kicks June 24. This is the final scheduled meeting this season. NOTES: Seattle will return to the top of the MLS standings with a win, while a draw would pull them even with Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City with a game still in hand. San Jose is nine points out of playoff position with a league-high 13 games remaining. … The Sounders are 8-3 at home, while the Quakes are 1-4-3 away. … Both teams are coming off of losses. Seattle fell 2-1 at RSL on Saturday, while San Jose had a four-game unbeaten run (2-0-2) snapped Saturday with a 5-0 loss to Dallas – the worst defeat in club history. … Chris Wondolowski leads San Jose with eight goals; Shea Salinas has six assists. … The Earthquakes are fourth in goals allowed per game, but 16th in goals per game. … The Quakes roster includes former Sounders Mike Fucito, Cordell Cato and Bryan Meredith. … Forward Obafemi Martins returned to the Sounders after serving a one-game red-card suspension. Midfielder Marco Pappa and midfielder/defender Brad Evans are questionable while recovering from hamstring injuries. … San Jose forward Steven Lenhart (knee) and defender Clarence Goodson (toe) are out, and new DP Matias Perez Garcia (knee) is questionable. … Seattle’s Gonzalo Pineda and San Jose’s Victor Bernardez, Sam Cronin and Steven Lenhart are one caution away from accumulation suspension. … The referee is Drew Fischer.QUOTABLE: “We just need to keep the pressure up front: play with less touches, trust each other more, make more runs off the ball. I think we did that in the Open Cup game and we shredded Chicago’s defense. I think we can do that against anybody.” – reserve forward Chad Barrett on Seattle’s attack.NEXT: The Sounders visit Portland at 2 p.m. Sunday.