10/14 Regular Season SJ Earthquakes vs. Sporting KC Pre Match Scouting Report

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San Jose Notes and Injuries

Form — D-D-L-W-D (44 points, 7th place in Western Conference)

  • Last Week — In a rare event, the MLS (mostly) honored the FIFA international break, and San Jose did not play last week. However, plenty of Quakes were in action with their respective national teams. Fatai Alashe and Marc Pelosi were both starters in the must-win U-23 Olympic qualifying match against Canada, with Pelosi scoring the opening goal in an eventual 2-0 victory. Sanna Nyassi came on as a sub  in the first half of of Gambia’s 1-1 draw with Namibia. Finally, Anibal Godoy played 56 minutes in Panama’s 1-0 loss to Mexico.

  • Both Pelosi and Victor Bernardez will be suspended from Friday’s match due to yellow card accumulation.
  • Alashe and Godoy will miss the Quakes’ final regular season game at FC Dallas if they are cautioned against SKC.

  • While Innocent’s return from a long-term injury is close, he will not be ready in time to make an appearance on Friday.

Sporting Kansas City Notes and Injuries

Form — L-W-L-D-W (48 points, 4th place in Western Conference)

  • Last Week — Sporting KC also had last weekend off, with Marcel De Jong (Canada) and Krisztián Németh (Hungary) both scoring for their respective national teams.

  • Soni Mustivar will be suspended for the next match if he picks up a yellow card.

  • Ike Opara and Roger Espinoza are back in training after long layoffs, but will not yet be fit to face the Quakes on Friday.

Predicted Starting Lineup

The loss of both Pelosi and Bernardez will force Dom Kinnear to make a few tough choices in the center of the park. One scenario would see Matías Pérez García in a central midfield role and Fatai Alashe in the center of defense, with both players having substantial experience in the respective positions this season. Otherwise, JJ Koval could be in line to make a second straight start, either in the center of defense (allowing Alashe to play in the midfield) or in the midfield (pushing Alashe into the back line).

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Matchup

Odds — Sporting KC +220, SJ +111, Draw +218

  • The Quakes won the first meeting between these teams this season in stunning fashion, as Cordell Cato and Chris Wondolowski each provided two goals en route to a 5-0 win at Sporting Park in August.

  • The Quakes can neither clinch or be eliminated from playoff contention on Friday, but do not control their own destiny after Portland’s win over RSL on Wednesday.
  • Sporting KC can clinch a playoff spot with a win or draw over San Jose.

  • Sporting KC are ranked fourth in the mlssoccer.com power rankings.
  • San Jose is ranked 14th in the power rankings.

 

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