Big game at CenturyLink tonight. One, I think, with the makings of a really fun game. (Traffic warnings, aside.)
There’s the preview from today’s News Tribune, which deals mostly with the Quakes’ late-game heroics.
Here’s the preview from the San Jose Mercury News, looking back on the three thrillers the clubs already have played this season, each decided by a single goal.
Below, a few basics:
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (17-6-6; 57 POINTS)
AT SOUNDERS FC (13-6-9; 48 POINTS)
7:30 p.m., CenturyLink Field.
TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
CLUB LEADERS: For San Jose: G 21, Chris Wondolowski; A 9, Marvin Chavez; S 100, Wondolowski; SOG 43, Wondolowski; GAA 1.21, Jon Busch. For Seattle: G 13, Eddie Johnson; A 13, Mauro Rosales; S 103, Fredy Montero; SOG 38, Montero; GAA 0.76, Michael Gspurning.
HEAD TO HEAD: The MLS series is even 4-4-1. Seattle leads 3-2 at home. This season in MLS, San Jose won 1-0 in Seattle and 2-1 at home. Only that second match counts toward this season’s Heritage Cup competition, which will resolve today.
NOTES: This is a pairing of the top two teams in the Western Conference. San Jose also leads the Supporters Shield race, while Seattle is fifth. … The Quakes lead MLS in goals (60), average goals scored (2.07), assists (62), shots on goal (162) and goal differential (plus 25). … Individually, Wondolowski leads the league in goals, Gspurning leads in goals-against average, and Busch leads in wins (16). … Seattle is 3-0-2 over its last five league games, while San Jose is 3-1-1. … San Jose already has clinched a playoff spot. Seattle would clinch with a win or draw today. … San Jose’s Ramiro Corrales is the lone remaining active player who participated in MLS’ 1996 inaugural season. … Quakes midfielder Joey Gjertsen (knee) of Tacoma is out. Sounders’ midfielders Rosales (quadriceps) and Christian Tiffert (ankle) are probable, and forward David Estrada (foot) is questionable. … Johnson will miss this game due to yellow-card accumulation. Montero is one caution away from the same one-game suspension. … The referee is Hilario Grajeda.
QUOTABLE: “(This) is a six-point game, but we are all looking forward and we are all excited because it’s getting close to the playoffs, and we want to succeed this year in the playoffs.” – Gspurning.
NEXT: The Sounders visit Vancouver at 6 p.m. Sept. 29.