The San Jose Earthquakes play the second of three preseason matches in their week-long trip to Arizona this afternoon when they face fellow MLS side the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The game is part of a series of MLS preseason matches called "The Desert Friendlies" that is hosted at the Kino Sports Complex by FC Tucson.
In the first match of the series, the Quakes lost 3-2 to the Houston Dynamo, as forward Adam Jahn's two goals were not enough to overcome new head coach Dominic Kinnear's former team. San Jose used a mix of new and old players in that game, making wholesale changes at halftime as Kinnear experimented with different line-ups and formations.
Both goals came on quick counter-attacks by the Earthquakes, with Shea Salinas providing the assist on the first goal and Tommy Thompson providing the assist on the second. New designated player signing Innocent Emeghara started the first half for the Quakes and was substituted off at halftime.
Vancouver, unlike San Jose, qualified for the MLS playoffs last season as a wildcard entrant. The Whitecaps lost to FC Dallas in the play-in game, failing to win their first playoff match as a member of MLS. Spurred by the lose, Vancouver underwent some significant roster changes in the offseason, with the biggest addition being 23-year-old Uruguayan striker Octavio Rivero as a designated player.
The Quakes versus 'Caps match is scheduled to kick-off at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time from the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, and it will be broadcast live online through the MLS YouTube channel and on Center Line Soccer. Streaming of the game will also be available at the individual team websites. If you prefer to follow the action on Twitter, @SJEarthquakes and @WhitecapsFC will provide all the play-by-play from Arizona.
The Earthquakes will conclude their desert stay with a match against the Portland Timbers on Tuesday, with kick-off scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time.