Here’s a quick look at tonight’s match:
SOUNDERS FC (10-5-7, 37 POINTS)
AT SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (13-5-5; 44 POINTS)
7:30 p.m., Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.
TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: None.
CLUB LEADERS: For Seattle: Goals 10, Eddie Johnson; assists 9, Mauro Rosales; S 83, Fredy Montero; SOG 29, Montero; GAA 0.47, Michael Gspurning. For San Jose: G 17, Chris Wondolowski; A 9 Marvin Chavez; S 79, Wondolowski; SOG 35, Wondolowski; GAA 1.22, Jon Busch.
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads, 4-3-1. The clubs are 1-1-1 at San Jose. The Earthquakes won the March 31 meeting at Seattle, 1-0, on a goal by Wondolowski. The Quakes will visit Seattle again Sept. 23. Only this match and the next will figure into determining the winner of the Heritage Cup contested annually between these clubs.
NOTES: San Jose has the best record in MLS, but is winless in its last two matches (0-1-1). … The Earthquakes lead the league in goals (45), assists (50) and goal differential (plus 17). … Wondolowski is the league’s individual goals leader. He has eight game-winning goals, one short of the league record. He has scored in his past two games against the Sounders. … Chavez is questionable with a hamstring injury. … Seattle is 3-0-3 over its last six games; San Jose is 2-2-2 over the same stretch. … San Jose has 27 goals in the final 30 minutes this season, nine more than any other MLS club. Six of their goals have come in stoppage time. … This is Seattle’s fourth game in 10 days, and a new-look lineup is expected. … Johnson and Andy Rose are one caution away from yellow-card suspension. … The referee is Baldomero Toledo.
QUOTABLE: “Rivalries get created when good teams play each other. … San Jose this year is an excellent team. I think we’ve been pretty consistent over the last four years. So it’s definitively turning into much more of a rivalry than it was in the prior years.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid.
NEXT: Vancouver Whitecaps, 1 p.m. Aug. 18, CenturyLink Field.