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San Jose Earthquakes Host Seattle Sounders in First-Ever Event at Levi’s Stadium

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Photo via San Jose Earthquakes website

The San Jose Earthquakes (5-8-5; 9th place) have had their share of trouble so far this season. However, Saturday will be a showdown with the Seattle Sounders (12-5-2; 1st place) on NBC Sports Network.  It will also be the first match played at Levi’s Stadium this season and there is a possibility that this could become an annual occurrence. They are also expecting around 45,000 for the match according to MLS twitter page.

These two teams have met once in MLS play so far this season.  Their last meeting saw the Sounders with a decisive 1-0 victory at Century Link Field.  Historically, the Earthquakes have a 7-6-1 record against the Sounders in MLS play.  The last game between the two sides saw the Earthquakes only dress 16 players (two less than the maximum allowed on game days) due to World Cup duty, injuries, and one suspension.

This match, which took place during the World Cup saw the Earthquakes missing Chris Wondolowski and Clarence Goodson due to international duty, and Victor Bernardez due to suspension.  Also missing from the Earthquakes starting 18 were Alan Gordon, Steven Lenhart, Yannick Djalo, and Andy Gorlitz due to various injuries.  The Sounders side saw a lineup which included Gonzalo Pineda, Osvaldo AlonsoObafemi Martins and Lamar NeagleStefan Frei also recorded his third shutout of the season in the match.

Saturday’s match will likely be missing Sounders players Damion Lowe, Kevin Parsemain, and Marcus Hahnemann, as well as Earthquakes players Tommy Muller and Gorlitz, as he is still recovering from his torn ACL.  Listed as questionable for the match are Sounders players Dylan Remick, Djimi Traore, Andy Rose, and Leonardo Gonzalez, as well as Earthquakes players Goodson, and Ty Harden.

For the Seattle Sounders, head coach Sigi Schmid mentioned to the media earlier this week that Chad Marshall, Gonzalo Pineda, and Lamar Neagle may or may not be ready to play in Saturday’s match.

Other News

Yesterday, the San Jose Earthquakes signed attacking midfielder Matias Perez Garcia as only the third Designated Player in club history.  Garcia has spent his career playing internationally in Argentina, Chile,  Uruguay, and France.  He has also been a part of the 2012-13 Los Matadores, helping lead them to a win in the round of 16 in the Copa Libertadores.  Although he will not be available until his visa and international transfer certificate are received, this acquisition shows that the Earthquakes are trying to make moves to make a run at the playoffs though it might be too late for this season.

For the Seattle Sounders, Brad Evans is working hard on getting back into the 18 as the Sounders head into an important stretch of matches they need to win to keep their winning streak and run at the Supporters Shield alive.  They play eight matches in 34 days and Schmid has said that Evans gives them another quality player on the field for their upcoming games.

Jasmine Stefanik is a soccer writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. Follow her on Twitter @pinkbutterflyy6 , and like Stoppage Time Soccer on Facebook.

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