Seattle Sounders FC lost one game and four players Saturday.
The scoreboard result was a 1-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
And along the way the Sounders lost midfielder Brad Evans, goalkeeper Michael
Gspurning and defender Djimi Traore to injury. In the closing seconds of stoppage time, Seattle lost defensive midfielder Osvaldo Alonso to a red card, capping what had been the kind of chippy and heated game typical when these two sides meet.
The injury to Gspurning came in the 18th minute, when he grabbed a shot and when to the ground, where he was apparently kicked by San Jose’s Steven Lenhart who went in for a rebound.
Gspurning was tended to by the training staff, had his left wrist taped, and stayed in the game for the rest of the half.
However, in the second half he was replaced by Andrew Weber, who had been acquired on loan from third-division Phoenix just two days earlier. The move was necessary with regular No. 2 keeper Marcus Hahnemann and No. 3 Josh Ford out with injuries.
Just two minutes into the game, Weber was greeted with San Jose’s top offensive play of the night as Walter Martinez created some space with a fake on defense DeAndre Yedlin and fired inside the far post for what turned out to be the game-winner.
The Sounders best chance to equalize came in the 83rd minute when Eddie Johnson sent a head on goal, but it was hit directly at San Jose (6-9-6) goalkeeper Jon Busch, who handled it cleanly.
A total of 35 fouls were called during the game, and six cards were issued. The final was a red shown to Alonso in what had been his first game back after missing the better part of two months due to injury. Now, he will be out again for the next game, Saturday when Seattle (7-7-3) returns home against the Colorado Rapids.
The rib injury to Evans came in the 32nd minute and shortened what was his 100th regular-season appearance for Sounders midfielder Brad Evans.
It’s gone final: San Jose 1, Seattle 0.
Evans, Gspurning and Traore don’t finish game due to injuries, Alonso doesn’t finish due to red card.
I’ll be back.
Stoppage time: Osvaldo Alonso gets red card in closing seconds. He’ll miss next week’s match at home to Colorado.
52′ Troare leaves and Hurtado in. All three Sounders subs done, and all injury-related.
47th minute: GOAL SJ. Walter Martinez jukes DeAndre Yedlin and beats Weber to the far post. Quakes, 1-0.
Second half: … is under way.
Andrew Weber — newly on loan from third-division Phoenix — puts on the gloves as Gspurning can’t go on after getting run into in 18th minute. It’s being called a left forearm injury.
Halftime: 0-0. Very physcial game.
Shots, 3-2 SJ; on goal, 2-0 SJ; corners 2-0 SJ; fould 7-5 SJ; offisdes 1-0 SEA; yellow cards, 2-2; possession 55% SEA.
45′ Gargon in for Hernandez.
43: Yellow to Carrasco. Rough, ugly game.
32′ Brad Evans 100th Sounders performance cut short with apparent rib injury. Rosales on.
24′ Yellow to Zach Scott for a tackle much like Cronin’s.
22′ Now yellow to Cronin for grab/tackle on Johnson. Game with Quakes rough as always. (Soudners 54% possession.)
15th minute: Both teams have had chances. Steven Lenhart just picked up a yellow card for hard low tackle on Djimi Traore.
First kick: … had been struck. We’re under way. Sounders in rave/rave; Quakes in black/black.
Lineups: For Sounders: GK Gspurning; D Yedlin, Scott, Traore, Gonzalez; M Evans, Alonso (c), Carrasco, Burch; F Neagle, Johnson. Reserves: Weber, Hurtado, Ianni, Rosales, Estrada, Ochoa, Zaveleta.
Earthquakes starters: Busch, Beitashour, Bernardez, Hernandez, Morrow, Salinas, Cronin, Baca, Martinez, Lenhart, Gordon.
Pregame: We have basic preview material below, including the basics of a 7:30 p.m. start, televised on KING 5, heard on the usual radio outlets and blogged here. I’ll also be tweeting @donruiztnt.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (7-6-3; 24 POINTS)
AT SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (5-9-6; 21 POINTS)
7:30 p.m., Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.
TV: KING 5. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
HEAD TO HEAD: The series is even 6-6-1 in MLS and Open Cup competition. This season, Seattle won 4-0 at home, and lost 1-0 at San Jose.
NOTES: Each team will be without its top goal scorer as Sounders forward Obafemi Martins (six goals) is out due to a calf injury suffered last weekend at Vancouver, and San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski (five) is away with the U.S. national team. Seattle midfielder Shalrie Joseph (calf) also is likely out, while midfielder Osvaldo Alonso is expected to return. The Quakes also will be without Nana Attakora (Canada), Marvin Chavez (Honduras), and Clarence Goodson (USA) due to international duty. … This game marks the midpoint of the MLS regular season for Seattle. A Sounders win would establish a club record most points in the first half of a season. … San Jose has given up 32 goals, tied for the league high. The Quakes’ minus-12 goal differential ranks 17th in the 19-team league. … San Jose is 4-1-4 at home, while the Sounders are 3-5-1 away. … Midfielder Brad Evans is expected to make his 100th appearance as a Sounder, becoming the third Seattle player to reach that milestone. … San Jose is 2-3 under interim head coach Mark Watson, who played for the second-division Seattle Sounders in 1997. … The referee is Sorin Stoica.
QUOTABLE: ”It’s important for us to recognize the fact that there are going to be aerial duals that we’ve got to win in the back. And a lot of aerial duals lead to a lot of second balls, and so we’ve got to be prepared for second balls.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on playing the Earthquakes
NEXT: The Sounders begin a three-game homestand July 20 against the Colorado Rapids.