3/14 Regular Season Seattle Sounders vs. SJ Earthquakes – Pre Match Notes

3/14 Regular Season Seattle Sounders vs. SJ Earthquakes – Pre Match Notes

What To Watch For

  • The Earthquakes are coming off of a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in Dallas. They looked much better and much more refined from what they were last year, and it looked like they were going to escape with a point on the road, but a late mistake in stoppage time by GK David Bingham ended up costing them a point.
  • The team has surely addressed the communication problem with the backline after a week of practice, and should look a little better than the last time out. I’d also expect to see Bingham play it a little bit safer than he did last time; a bit less aggressive when coming off of his line.

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  • Clarence Goodson, Steven Lenhart, and Jordan Stewart will probably not be seeing any action tonight. They are still coming off of injuries, and will need some time to work their way back into the top 18.
  • The Sounders are coming off of a decisive 3-0 win at home against the New England revolution, and looked fantastic in their first game. Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey will be a handful for the Quakes back line, and they will need to look strong tonight. Marvell Wynne’s speed will be helpful in containing Dempsey and Martins, but Bernardez and Francis could see some trouble tonight.
  • If Emeghara plays and the backline can hold the fort down, the Quakes could see some good looks on the counter attack. The speed on the right side with Wynne and Nyassi has combined for some good chances thus far, and the Quakes will need more of that if they want to pick up some points tonight.

Projected Starting Lineup

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The 4-2-3-1 last time around against FC Dallas did not prove to be effective enough for the Quakes. There were a couple of good chances generated, but there was virtually no sustained pressure. The game was a total back and forth, and this was partially because when the ball was played forward, the Quakes were not able to keep it in the attacking half.

Chris Wondolowski only won 2/8 balls in the air.

Chris Wondolowski only won 2/8 balls in the air last time around against Dallas.

Chris Wondolowski is going to need a partner up top if he wants to be able to roam around the box, which is what he does most effectively.  If Emeghara is healthy, he’d be perfect for tonight. He would provide some more pace, which would be very helpful on the counter as well. Emeghara would also draw more of the attention away from Wondo, and allow him to slip quietly into the seams, which is what makes him such an elusive goalscorer.

Shea Salinas struggled as well last time around against Dallas, with several turnovers that hampered the Quakes ability to move and keep the ball forward. I’d like to see Dominic Kinnear give Leandro Barrera a shot this time around. He looked promising in the limited minutes he had against LA in the preseason, creating several opportunities with his speed. Speed will ultimately be a large part of the Quakes game today against Seattle.

The back line will likely remain the same, due to a couple injuries to Jordan Stewart and Clarence Goodson. Overall, the back line looked solid last Saturday, apart from a few communication errors by GK David Bingham.

Anay Patel

I have been a lifelong Quakes fan, and founded Quakes Epicenter in November of 2014. I have been credentialed to cover the Quakes since the 2015 season, and currently serves as the lead editor of the website. Outside of the Quakes, I am currently a student at the University of Southern California studying Computer Science and Business Administration.

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