San Jose run it back with the same starting XI as the last game, as we expected.
Seattle mix it up big time, although they still trot out Raul Ruidiaz up top.
Both teams are on a roll to start the season, with only the Sounders ahead of the Earthquakes in the standings, Seattle yet to lose a game so far this season. Most recently, they beat their archrival Portland Timbers 2-1 in Portland, so I’d say they feel good and already seem like they’re in a rhythm.
But the Quakes are doing pretty well too, most recently grinding through a road game against Real Salt Lake in which it looked like they were doomed to lose for much of the match and found a way to win 2-1, Chris Wondolowski stepping up once again for his hometown team. In some respects, that win was impressive in some ways because San Jose had to struggle mightily for it, and they found a way to get the victory in the end.
Still, the Earthquakes either usually either fold like a card table against Seattle or occasionally play them close. I think the Quakes should have some confidence coming into the game, arguably they are playing better than they did in the good times last season, but they haven’t faced an opponent like the Sounders yet. We know they can embarrass teams.
So this should be a great measuring stick for the Quakes, and a good test to see where they are at against one of the elite opponents in MLS this season. I wouldn’t necessarily count out San Jose coming in, but we’ll have to see how they do against another red-hot team.
Our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook as of Tuesday evening have San Jose at (+170), Seattle at (+148) and a draw at (+245). It’s pretty much a toss-up here, with the Sounders given a slight edge, even in San Jose.
How to Watch:
Wednesday’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 7:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow at 7:38.
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