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Saturday comes: Quakes at Sounders, 7 p.m.

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on March 31, 2012 at 2:12 am with 1 Comment »
March 31, 2012 9:40 am

Here’s the TNT game preview of San Jose’s visit to Seattle tonight. Here’s a preview from the San Jose Mercury News, focusing on Quakes’ goal-scorer Chris Wondolowski.

Some basics:

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (2-1-0; 6 POINTS)
AT SOUNDERS FC (2-0-0; 6)
7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.
TV:
KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 4-2-1 overall, and 3-1-0 at home. The Sounders are 2-0-1 over the last three meetings. The clubs play again Aug. 11 at San Jose, and the Quakes return to Seattle on Sept. 23.
CLUB LEADERS: For San Jose: G 3, Chris Wondolowski; A 2, Sam Cronin; S 12, Wondolowski; SOG 5, Wondolowski; GAA 0.33, Jon Busch. For Seattle: G 4, David Estrada; A 2, Alvaro Fernandez; S 8, Estrada; SOG 6, Estrada; GAA 0.50, Michael Gspurning.
NOTES: Estrada is the early MLS goals leader, while Wondolowski is tied for second. They are the only MLS players with two game-winning goals. Wondolowski was the 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner and 2011 runner-up. … Last week, Seattle beat Houston, 2-0, and San Jose beat Toronto, 3-0. … Each team has allowed only one goal this season. The Quakes’ only surrendered goal came by penalty kick. … Sounders reserve goalkeeper Andrew Weber played for San Jose from 2009-2011. The Quakes have three players from the Puget Sound area: Joey Gjertsen (Tacoma), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle) and rookie Jacob Hustedt (Bothell). … The annual Heritage Cup competition between these clubs will be determined by the results of their next two meetings. This game will figure only as a possible tie-breaker. … Sounders forward Eddie Johnson turns 28 today. … The referee is Mark Kadlecik.
QUOTABLE: “We’ve talked about winning more games at home than we did last year, and starting off 3-0 at home is important to us, especially because this game is coming against an opponent in the Western Conference, and conference games are more important because of the way the playoff format is structured.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid
NEXT: 4:30 p.m. April 7; at DC United.

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  1. EverydayFan says:

    This feels like a classic “trap game.”
    Too easy to put all the focus on Wondo and end up giving too much space to someone else.
    Sounders need to focus and play a great game start to finish.

    I predict a smaller crowd, too.

    But a loud one.

    Go Sounders

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