Quakes Try One More Time To Kick Start A Playoff Push

San Jose Notes and Injuries

Form — L-D-L-D-D (34 points, 9th place in Western Conference)

  • Last Week — The Quakes could only manage a draw with the Colorado Rapids with the game ending goalless. Full highlights here.

  • Darwin Cerén was named to the MLS Team of the Week.
  • Anibal Godoy, Fatai Alashe, and Jordan Stewart are all one yellow card away from receiving suspensions for accumulation.
  • Godoy and Cerén are both listed as questionable with hamstring and quad issues, respectively.
  • Long-term San Jose injuries: Marc Pelosi, Mark Sherrod, Bryan Meredith, Clarance Goodson, Kofi Sarkodie.

 

Kansas City Notes and Injuries

Form —D-W-L-D-D (40 points, 6th place in Western Conference)

  • Last Week — Sporting Kansas City fell victim to Landon Donovan’s return party, as the Galaxy took a 2-2 draw thanks to a goal from the recently unretired striker.

  • Graham Zusi faces a fitness test for a calf strain, and is questionable to start Saturday’s match
  • Matt Besler, Jimmy Medranda, and Roger Espinoza are each one caution away from suspension.

 

Expected Starting Lineup

A starting lineup the same as last week would not be surprising, but Godoy will come in for Alashe if he is fit. Cordell Cato would be the most likely candidate for rotation if manager Dom Kinnear was unhappy with not scoring last week. In that case, Quincy Amarikwa or Henok Goitom would come in as striker and Simon Dawkins would return to the wing.

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Matchup

Odds — Sporting KC +273, SJ -104, Draw +224

  • The Quakes have won three straight against SKC, including a 1-0 win at Avaya in April.
  • The Quakes continued to slip toward the bottom of ESPN’s power rankings, and are now at 19th.
  • SKC remain in the middle of the pack as they near the bottom of the payoff places, and slot in at 11th.
  • Last five San Jose matches: scored 0.4 goals per game, allowed 1.0 per game.
  • Last five SKC matches: scored 1.8 goals per game, allowed 1.8 per game.

 

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