Competition: Major League Soccer – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Sporting Kansas City
Venue: Avaya Stadium – Sunday, April 24 – 15:30 ET (20:30 BST)
Match Odds: San Jose 21/20 – Draw 9/4 – Kansas City 14/5
The Quakes are sitting 6th in the West and come into this tie off the back of their 3-1 away loss against Portland Timbers last time out.
Dominic Kinnear’s side are unbeaten in their last nine home Major League Soccer outings, so they will be looking to bounce back here and continue their great run of home form.
San Jose have won the last two meetings between the sides, scoring six goals along the way, so the Quakes faithful have the bragging rights over SKC heading into this tie.
Sporting Kansas City are sitting 4th in the West coming into the weekend but there is room for improvement, as they have lost their last two.
Their last outing saw them fall 2-1 away to FC Dallas, a disappointing result for SKC after they had taken the lead.
Peter Vermes will be more than aware of how tough this tie will be and will have his side best prepared to not throw points away this time out.
San Jose Earthquakes have six injury concerns heading into this tie. Marc Pelosi, Cordell Cato, Jordan Stewart, Chad Barrett, Clarence Goodson and Mark Sherrod are all expected to miss out. The Quakes currently have no players nearing suspension.
Sporting Kansas City have one less injury concern than their opponents for this tie. Justin Mapp, Soni Mustivar, Kevin Ellis and Chance Myers are all expected to miss out, while Paulo Nagamura is a doubt. Kansas City also have no players nearing suspension.
San Jose Earthquakes’ form: L/D/D/W/L
Sporting Kansas City’s form: W/L/W/L/L
Key Stat: San Jose Earthquakes are unbeaten in their last 17 home matches against Sporting Kansas City in all competitions.
Key Player: Chris Wondolowski – ‘Wondo’ has been in magnificent form so far this season, bagging himself six goals in his seven appearances. He will be looking to continue his fine run of goalscoring form against SKC this weekend.
San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Sporting Kansas City – San Jose to continue their impressive home record against Kansas City as they look to force their way up the Western Conference.