San Jose Earthquakes See Some Injured Players Return In Montreal
After another loss which saw the San Jose Earthquakes winless streak extended to eight, and see them with their longest winless streak since 2011, the Earthquakes find themselves north of the border facing the Montreal Impact. The last match between the Earthquakes and the Los Angeles Galaxy saw Ty Harden and Steven Lenhart return for the first time since their respective injuries took them out of the lineup. Tonight, however, Lenhart will not be available as he received a yellow card and is suspended due to caution accumulation.
Earthquakes Head Coach Mark Watson will however have Harden at his disposal tonight, as well as potentially Yannick Djalo and Matias Perez Garcia who have also been dealing with their own injuries. The Impact will also be without Krzysztof Krol due to his red card received in the last match. The Earthquakes and Impact are both on the verge of being eliminated from the postseason, but each team has won at home in Champions League play. This match is the only match of the 2014 season between the Earthquakes and Impact, and their last match saw them play to a 2-2 draw. That match saw Justin Mapp score both goals for the Impact, while Adam Jahn and Sam Cronin score for the Earthquakes.
This match is pivotal, at this point in the season, to keep playoff hopes alive for either team. If the Impact were to lose this match, after losing to the New England Revolution last weekend at Gillette Stadium, they would be eliminated from playoff contention. It is unclear whether or not the Earthquakes are still in playoff contention, or if they have already been eliminated. If they have not been eliminated yet, they would need help from other teams losing which might be too little too late. At this point in the season, it stands to reason both teams are playing merely for pride, and should focus on getting their squads ready to come back in 2015 and attempt to make a run to the postseason then.
Jasmine Stefanik is a writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. Follow her on Twitter @TrueUnionFan1, and like her page on Facebook
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