8/19 Regular Season Sporting KC vs. SJ Earthquakes Pre Match Scouting Report
San Jose Notes and Injuries
Form — L-L-D-L-W (29 points, 8th place in Western Conference)
Last Week — The Quakes finally picked up a victory — their first since June — with a 1-0 win over Colorado. Clarence Goodson provided the goal in his return to the starting lineup in front of a sellout crowd at Avaya.
- The win certainly came at a cost, as Jordan Stewart was taken off in the first half of the match against Colorado with what has been revealed to be a torn achilles tendon. He will have surgery and is done for the season.
Steven Lenhart remain on the long-term injury list, but Innocent has returned to light training, even if a return remains some way off.
Matías Pérez García was clearly struggling with injury in the match against Colorado, and was taken off in the 50th minute. With only four days between matches, it seems unlikely that he will be fully fit for Wednesday’s match.
Sporting Kansas City Notes and Injuries
Form — W-L-D-W-W (40 points, 3rd place in Western Conference)
Last Week — SKC pulled off an incredible comeback in one this season’s most exciting games (highlights here) with a 4-3 victory over Vancouver. Sporting trailed 3-1 with just 15 minutes left, but a goal from Dom Dwyer and a pair from Paulo Nagamura — the second which coming in the fourth minute of stoppage time — propelled SKC to a thrilling victory at home.
Aside from long-term injuries Ike Opara, Bernardo Anor, and Roger Espinoza, SKC missed Jalil Anibaba, Graham Zusi, and Seth Sinovic in the match against Vancouver as well as in their Open Cup win against Real Salt Lake.
- Kevin Ellis will miss the upcoming match against Columbus if he picks up a caution against the Quakes.
Predicted Starting Lineup
The absence of Stewart leaves a gaping hole in the Quakes back line, and Shaun Francis will have to do his best to fill in. Cordell Cato came in for Marvell Wynne at right back last week, and we may seem some rotation there with the Quakes on a double game week. With MPG not fully fit and Anibal Godoy performing well in his debut last week, it will be interesting to see if Dominic Kinnear shakes up the tactical approach in the midfield or simply asks players to step in. Fatai Alashe should retain his starting spot coming back from suspension either way, and either Marc Pelosi or Tommy Thompson could come into the side and drop Godoy to the bench.
Odds — Kansas City -165, SJ +500, Draw +275
The Quakes remained in the 17th position in mlssoccer.com’s power rankings after last week’s win against bottom dwellers Colorado.
Sporting Kansas City moved up to second in the power rankings after their win against Vancouver, up from fourth.
Despite the win last week, the Quakes have picked up just 26 percent of the points in their last five matches, scoring an anemic 1.0 goals per game while allowing 2.0 per game.
SKC has taken 66 percent of the points in their last five, and their dynamic attack has produced 2.2 goals per game in that time. Injuries in the back have taken their toll, however, and they have allowed 1.6 goals per game while not keeping a clean sheet in any of their last five matches.