Barrett, Stewart, Among Players Returning to 18 in Philly
San Jose Notes and Injuries
Form — D-D-W-L-W (14 points, 5th place in Western Conference)
Last Week — The Quakes continued their hot form at home, picking up a 1-0 win against Sporting Kansas City. Full highlights here.
- Andres Imperiale has been suspended for the match after his foul against Dom Dwyer was adjudged to be serious foul play.
- Quincy Amarikwa is listed as questionable after coming off in the 71st minute against SKC favoring his hamstring.
- On the bright side for the Quakes, Jordan Stewart has made the trip to Philadelphia with the team and could return from his long injury layoff. Chad Barrett could also be available to make his Quakes debut.
- David Bingham has once again earned MLS Save of the Week, his second of the season.
Philadelphia Notes and Injuries
Form — W-L-W-L-W (12 points, 2nd place in Eastern Conference)
Last Week — The Union stayed perfect at home this season with a 2-0 win against NYCFC.
- Full back Fabinho is suspended for the match due to yellow card accumulation.
Predicted Starting Lineup
The Quakes will need to do some shuffling in the back, as they are down to their 4th choice center back with Clarence Goodson and Imperiale out. Who that player is remains to be seen, but Marvell Wynne has to considered a front runner. This would leave Wynne’s right back spot open, and that would likely be filled with Kofi Sarkodie. Another option would be to leave Wynne in place and drop Fatai Alashe in the defense, where he filled in at times last season. If this were the case, Tommy Thompson would seem the most likely to take Alashe’s spot in the midfield. Finally, if Amarikwa is not fit to start, Dom Kinnear may opt for Innocent or Adam Jahn in his place, or bring in another midfielder and deploy Wondolowski as the lone striker.
Odds — Portland +108, SJ +263, Draw +250
This is the Quakes first East Coast road trip of the season, and it is the only meeting of the year between these teams.
- San Jose moved up one spot to ninth in the mlssoccer.com power rankings after their home win last weekend.
- The Union also moved up a spot in the rankings after a win, and are in the 5th spot.
- San Jose has scored 1.4 goals per game in their last five matches, while conceding 1.2 per game.
- The Union have scored 1.6 per match in their last five, while allowing just four goals (0.8 per match).