Seattle Sounders Unbeaten Streak on the Line Wednesday in San Jose

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Seattle Sounders Unbeaten Streak

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA (July 25, 2018) — A lot can happen in a month.

Brian Schmetzer and Seattle Sounders FC are learning that. The team jumped from last place in the Western Conference, back up to 10th. Seattle has a fighting chance to make the playoffs, but there’s still a lot of work that needs to get done.

Seattle Sounders Unbeaten Streak on the Line in Road Test Against San Jose Earthquakes

However, the Sounders are rolling with momentum.

The team recently picked up eight points in four matches — with three of them being on the road. Seattle started slow this season — a lot slower than other seasons. However, with the new addition of Raúl Ruidíaz and the resurgence of Nicolás Lodeiro, Seattle has picked up the pace.

There are still six points that separate the Sounders and the ninth-place team, the Vancouver Whitecaps. However, Seattle has a realistic shot at three points with a road test against the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday.

San Jose currently holds the last place spot in the Western Conference, accumulating 12 points.

Seattle currently has 20 points. It’s not far-fetched for Seattle to get up to 23 after the week-day match.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC
2018 MLS Regular Season
Avaya Stadium
July 25, 2018 – 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET
Stream: ESPN+

What to Watch for

Danny Hoesen

For the first time in a while, Chris Wondolowski isn’t the player all defenses should have eyes on if playing against the Quakes.

This time, it’s Danny Hoesen.

Hoesen currently leads the Earthquakes with 10 goals, compared to Wondolowski’s six goals. The Dutch international began his career way back in 2008, but came to Major League Soccer in 2017, on loan to San Jose from FC Groningen.

He signed with the club this past off-season in December 2017.

Hoesen has started all 19 matches in 2018 for San Jose, recording 1,610 minutes. In addition to his 10 goals, Hoesen has also tallied four assists and 56 shots.

After being named to the MLS Team of the Week for the first time ever, Kim Kee-Hee will have to look out for Hoesen. It would be a head-scratching decision should Brian Schmetzer switch up the partnership between Kim and Chad Marshall.

Despite having Román Torres back from the FIFA World Cup, Kim and Marshall are playing well together. Kim was awarded for his efforts of keeping Kei Kamara scoreless during the Whitecaps match with his Team of the Week honors.

The Injury Report

Seattle Sounders FC

Sounders fans might not have to worry about Kim’s position being overseen by Torres. Currently, Torres is listed as questionable with a left ankle sprain.

Other than Torres, there are no other players listed as questionable.

Jordan Morris and Handwalla Bwana are still listed as out.

San Jose Earthquakes

Kevin Partida is listed as out with a knee injury.

However, Quincy Amarikwa is only listed as questionable with a rib injury. Two players for the Earthquakes, Anibal Godoy and Fatai Alashe, are listed on the injury report, but not as “questionable,” “probable” or “out.”

They will be game-time decisions.

Last Meeting: July 23, 2017

Last year, the two sides met up twice.

Seattle compiled a draw and a victory against the Earthquakes. In the most recent meeting, on July 23, 2017, Seattle blanked San Jose with a 3-0 victory at CenturyLink Field.

Cristian Roldan scored twice, two minutes apart from each other. To add the finishing touches, defender Kelvin Leerdam scored the game-winning goal in the 65th minute.

Last April, the two sides faced off at Avaya Stadium, ending the match in a 1-1 draw. Lodeiro scored in the 84th minute, seemingly sealing the deal for Seattle. However, Wondolowski notched the game-winner past Stefan Frei in the 90th minute.

Prediction: Seattle 3, San Jose 0

The last time Seattle put up three goals on the Earthquakes, it was at CenturyLink Field. However, Seattle has had fantastic road form lately and can certainly get three goals past goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell.

Tarbell has 58 saves this year. Add 10 more to that, and that’s how many Stefan Frei has this season.

Seattle could scoop up some much-needed points.

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