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San Jose Earthquakes Look to Rebound from Worst Defeat When they Face Seattle Sounders FC

San Jose Earthquakes

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Just 72 hours after an unwinding debacle of a loss at the hands of FC Dallas which led to the San Jose Earthquakes worst loss since their first incarnation in 1996 and ending in a 5-0 scoreline, they find themselves traveling to CenturyLink Field to take on the Seattle Sounders.  In the past week, the Sounders clinched their spot in the Open Cup final then lost to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium, giving them three losses in their last four league games.

The Earthquakes Head Coach Mark Watson was also quoted in an interview as saying the 5-0 loss was “unacceptable” and that it deemed a “good response”.  Looking ahead to this midweek game, it is the third and final meeting of the season between these two teams.  The last game was played on August 2, 2014 in front of a record crowd opening Levi’s Stadium.  This game saw only one goal, coming from the Earthquakes forward Yannick Djalo and assisted by Chris Wondolowski and resulting in a shutout for Goalkeeper Jon Busch.

Coach Watson did not state exactly what he was looking for from his side to rebound from the previous game, but he is going to be dealing with quite a few players who will be unavailable due to injury as well as Matias Perez Garcia who recently joined the team and scored in his MLS debut.  He was inserted into the lineup in place of the injured Djalo, and is one player who can fill a whole left by an injured player.  Along with Djalo, Clarence Goodson, Steven Lenhart, Tommy Muller, and Andreas Gorlitz are also dealing with injuries and will be unavailable when the Earthquakes travel to Seattle to take on the Sounders.  Victor Bernardez also suffered a broken nose in the Earthquakes 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy.  He was wearing a face mask on Saturday that Coach Watson seemed to think had concerned him, and traveled with the team. However, it is possible that he will still be bothered by the face mask and have to wear it for the Sounders game, as no one is really 100% sure if his nose is healed or not.

The Earthquakes travel to Seattle having an all-time record of 8-6-1 against the Sounders with three wins and five losses at CenturyLink Field.  This matchup will not be an easy one for the Earthquakes to use to rebound from last week and get valuable points toward the playoffs.  The Sounders have a mere record of 1-3-0 in last four MLS matches, and will be hunting for their chance to score and pick up three points that they need to stay in the playoffs.  Will the Earthquakes rebound in time and still be able to land in the playoffs, or will Seattle pick up the three points they need to keep them from falling out of the Western Conference race?

Jasmine Stefanik is a writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. Follow her on Twitter @TrueUnionFan1and like her page on Facebook.

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