6/16 US Open Cup: SJ Earthquakes vs. Sac Republic FC Scouting Report
The San Jose Earthquakes are beginning their 2015 US Open Cup run by hosting rival USL club and MLS hopeful Sacramento Republic FC. The Republic are winless in the games that they have played against San Jose, and are seeking a huge result here in San Jose.
- Cordell Cato and Sanna Nyassi are with their respective national teams, Trinidad & Tobago and Gambia, and will miss the match against Sacramento.
- Tommy Thompson just returned from a run to the quarterfinals in the U20 World Cup with the USYNT in New Zealand, and should probably be available to play. If he is feeling good enough to play, this would be a perfect game for Tommy to get solid minutes in.
- Innocent and Steven Lenhart are still out indefinitely with knee injuries. Lenhart’s future appears to be in question – as he has hit many obstacles in his recovery process.
- Paulo Renato and Lenadro Barrera are listed as questionable, but I think they will be ready to go and will start for tonight.
Predicted Starting Lineup
- Given that Renato and Barrera are good to go, (barring any injuries) I think it is fair to assume that they will start.
- Thompson is a bit of a toss up given that he just returned from the U20s, but this would be an ideal game for him to start.
- Meredith had a solid preseason showing, and I think it is possible that he will get the start ahead of David Bingham today.
- Sherrod will likely get the start tonight seeing as he is suspended for the game against Seattle due to a red card he picked up during the last game against FC Dallas.