3/22 The Catastrophy: SJ Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire – Pre Match Notes

3/22 Regular Season SJ Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire – Pre Match Notes

What To Watch For

  • The Quakes and RB Brandon Barklage agreed mutually to part ways earlier this week, CB Victor Bernardez will be suspended due to a red card he was issued last week against Seattle, and CB Paulo Renato suffered a hamstring injury in the second half of the Seattle game. The Quakes will be a bit thin at the back line, with only Shaun Francis, Ty Harden, Clarence Goodson, and Marvell Wynne left.
  • Clarence Goodson and Steven Lenhart should be ready to go for Sunday, but I doubt that Lenhart will see much time with Adam Jahn’s streak of good form as of late. Goodson will most definitely see time, seeing as the Quakes have a few holes in their backline due to suspensions and injuries.
  • The Chicago Fire have yet to score a goal this season, and have looked the least impressive of all MLS teams this year. They are coming off of a 2-0 loss at LA, and a 1-0 against Vancouver. The last time the two teams met, the Quakes destroyed the Fire 5-1.
  • Chris Wondolowski, Matias Perez Garcia, and Innocent Emeghara showed up big time last week against Seattle. All three had a solid solid, which was topped off by 2 goals by Wondolowski and the game winning goal by Emeghara. Expect their offensive ability to be on showcase again against the Fire, who have a lackluster back line and will have a lot of trouble with the speed of the Quakes.
  • Expect Marvell Wynne and Sanna Nyassi to continue their run of good play on the right side of the field. The two have combined to create some solid scoring chances, and the Fire will likely have the same problems with their speed.
  • Avaya Stadium will be playing its first game with a capacity crowd as well as some extra standing room seats. Expect a great atmosphere, and plenty of noise to be made. After 40 years, the Quakes finally have a home, and there will certainly be some celebration.
  • This will mark the first annual Catas-trophy between the Fire and the Earthquakes. The winner will take claim to the highly acclaimed trophy designed by @SomeCruzDude.
The winner of Sunday's fixture will receive the "Catas-Trophy"

The winner of Sunday’s fixture will receive the “Catas-Trophy”

Predicted Starting Lineup

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It worked last time, so why not stick to The young central midfield duo of JJ Koval and Fatai Alashe proved to be solid – and helped the Quakes stop Obafemi Martins, Clint Dempsey, and the Seattle Sounders attack. Up top – Wondo, Nyassi, Emeghara, and Perez Garcia looked solid in the first 60 mintues of the game. The back line also held up pretty well, but the red card to Victor Bernardez and the injury to Paulo Renato will leave the Quakes a bit thin on defense. Thus, the Quakes will have to make some minor tweaks to the back line. Ty Harden and Clarence Goodson will have to step in and hold the fort down for San Jose, and will likely be forced to pla a full 90 minutes if they can.

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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