San Jose make three changes to the XI, somewhat uncharacteristically.
Seattle basically go with a full-strength XI here, they aren’t holding back.
The hard work is done for the regular season, but before the San Jose Earthquakes enter the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs, they must first wrap up the regular season finale Sunday afternoon with a trip to CenturyLink Field to face the Seattle Sounders.
The Quakes clinched their playoff berth with a 3-2 win Wednesday over LAFC, and now they can aim to tune up before the postseason begins with a tricky match against a tricky opponent.
The Sounders are also a playoff team and have an outside shot of finishing in 1st place in the Western Conference, but their form has hit a rough patch. They’ve won just one of their last six games, including a 0-0 draw against San Jose last month, and there have to be some concerns they may not be at their best heading into the playoffs.
So I think both teams will have similar motivations here, to finish strong but not bust a lung for this game since it doesn’t have the same importance upcoming games will. The Quakes will be without linchpin Jackson Yueill for this game, after his red card against LAFC, so it will be interesting to see who lines up in his spot for the game, and how that affects San Jose’s performance. But both teams will be fighting for three more points and be feeling their best ahead of the playoffs. Should be a good one.
Our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook as of Saturday evening have San Jose at (+460), Seattle at (-186) and a draw at (+325). So they have Seattle as huge favorites at home, maybe not a big surprise, since they have won their last five Decision Day clashes.
How to Watch:
Sunday’s match between the Quakes and Sounders will be televised locally on NBC Sports California, and in the rest of the United States on ESPN+. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 3:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow.
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