4/3 Regular Season SJ Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake – Scouting Report

4/3 Regular Season SJ Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake – Scouting Report

San Jose Injuries/Updates

  • Tommy Thompson will return to the team from U-20 duty and Fatai Alashe will return from the U-23 team after scoring his first international goal in his first international game against Bosnia Herzegovina.
  • Steven Lenhart, Marvell Wynne, Paulo Renato, and Mark Sherrod are all listed as out indefinitely. Sanna Nyassi is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game with a back strain.
  • The Quakes are coming off of a disappointing 2-1 loss in some tough conditions in New England. New England got the best of the Quakes in the first half – completely dominating them for the first 45 minutes. They were able to take a 2-0 lead going into halftime off of two fluke-y goals that the Quakes would definitely want back. The team looked much better in the second half, but could only scavenge a goal off of a Chris Wondolowski penalty kick.

Real Salt Lake Scouting Report

  • Salt Lake will be without two of their DPs in Sebastian Jaime and Joao Plata for Sunday’s match, which certainly takes a lot of their attack. Demar Phillips, Justen Glad, and Pecka are also listed as questionable for Sunday’s contest.
  • RSL started off their season with a couple of draws against Portland and Philadelphia, but came back last Sunday with a big win at home against Toronto. A late goal energized the team and the crowd, and it is safe to say that the team will carry the energy into the game on Sunday.
  • Real Salt Lake has been forced to experiment with some new formations this season due to some key injuries – I’d expect them to stick to the 4-3-3 that got them three points last weekend against Toronto.
  • After covering Sebastian Giovinco last week, Kyle Beckerman will not be getting any breaks with Matias Perez Garcia. Expect Beckerman to try and foul Perez Garcia and take him out of the picture early on in the game. The ball needs to be at the feet of Perez Garcia in space if the Earthquakes attack is going to be effective. The Perez Garcia-Beckerman match up will be an important thing to watch for.
  • Javier Morales is having a solid season for RSL thus far, with two assists through three games, 10 created chances, and a passing accuracy of 87% with 136 completed passes. Morales, especially in the absence of Plata and Jaime, has been a major part of the RSL attack this year. If the Quakes can limit Morales in the game, they should have a much easier time defending.
  • Nick Rimando is always a tough goalkeeper to face. The USMNT veteran had an amazing performance the team’s opener against Portland, and will be returning from duty in Europe for Sunday’s match.
  • As someone on reddit pointed out, the solution to the California drought is more Quakes games at Avaya. There has been rain in the forecast for every home game since the preseason. It probably won’t be anything that will effect the play significantly, but it’ll definitely be something to watch for.


Predicted Starting Lineup


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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