Gallery: Exclusive images from Seattle Sounders impressive 3-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes

The Seattle Sounders kept their strong run of form going with a convincing 3-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday. The Sounders were missing all three Designated Players and Jordan Morris too. But that didn’t stop them as they proved too good for the Quakes at CenturyLink Field.

The game was goalless at halftime but the Sounders simply blew San Jose away in the second half. Cristian Roldan opened the scoring in the 54th minute. Then, two minutes later made it 2-0. Seattle made sure of the result in the 65th minute when Kelvin Leerdam tapped in at the back post from a Joevin Jones corner.

Sunday night’s game marked Leerdam’s first MLS start since moving to Seattle at the start of the month. He impressed with a goal and assist. While Joevin Jones again proved how dangerous he is, so the Sounders now have two attacking full-backs to hurt teams with.

The win means Seattle have now picked up three-straight victories and are up to fifth in the West. However, San Jose have suffered three consecutive losses and are not outside the playoff spots. Their hopes of a top-six finish seem to be taking knock after knock at the moment.

Check out exclusive photos from Sunday’s game below, courtesy of MLSGB photographers Paul Kahl and Denise McCooey.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes

Major League Soccer: Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes

CenturyLink Field – Sunday, July 23 – 22:30 ET (03:30 BST)

Match Odds: Seattle 4/5 – Draw 5/2 – San Jose 16/5

Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes: Preview

Seattle Sounders take on San Jose Earthquakes at CenturyLink Field in the final game of an action-packed Week 20 in MLS on Sunday. The two sides are separated by just a point in a congested Western Conference heading into the game.

Seattle pulled off a historic comeback against DC United on Wednesday night. They became the first team in MLS history to come from three goals down to win in normal time. That result should have left the team in high spirits, although the loss of Nicolas Lodeiro after a late red card could hurt them on Sunday.

Brian Schmetzer has seen his Sounders side fire themselves back into the playoff picture after a strong run of form. They haven’t lost in four MLS games, winning their last two. Although they did lost 2-1 at San Jose in the quarterfinals of the US Open Cup in the middle of that run.

San Jose suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat at the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night. The Earthquakes had a long time to prepare for that game during the Gold Cup break and will be bitterly disappointed with the result.

They do have the chance to get back on track and leapfrog Seattle on Sunday though. The Quakes have won on two of their last three trips to CenturyLink Field, so they know they have what it takes to win at one of the league’s toughest away grounds.

As mentioned above, San Jose did beat Seattle in the US Open Cup last month. That came after the two sides shared the points in a 1-1 draw back in April in their reverse MLS clash this season. The pair have now drawn three of their last four MLS games 1-1.

Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes: Team News

Seattle will be without Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris as a result of both attackers’ participation at the Gold Cup with the USA. Oniel Fisher is also absent as he’s with the Jamaican squad. Osvaldo Alonso remains out for the next four weeks with a knee injury. While doubts hang over Henry Wingo, Chad Marshall, Nouhou Tolo and Stefan Frei. Nicolas Lodeiro picked up a red card against DC United on Wednesday and will serve a one-game suspension as a result.

San Jose are set to welcome back Darwin Ceren and Anibal Godoy after both were knocked out of the Gold Cup on Wednesday with El Salvador and Panama, respectively. Marco Urena will be unavailable as a result of his participation with the Costa Rican squad. Marvell Wynne, Marc Pelosi, Harold Cummings and Kip Colvey will all miss out through injury. Fatai Alashe, Quincy Amarikwa and Jackson Yueill are doubts.

Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes: Key Points

Seattle Sounders’ last five: L/D/D/W/W

San Jose Earthquakes’ last five: D/W/W/L/L

Key Stat: San Jose Earthquakes have only lost one of their last ten games against Seattle Sounders in all competitions. That came in their most recent trip to CenturyLink Field last May.

Key Player: Chris Wondolowski – The San Jose hero has scored in his past two MLS meetings against Seattle. He knows what it takes to beat the Sounders and will look to make life difficult for a depleted Seattle team.

Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes: Prediction

Seattle Sounders 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes – Seattle have been rocked by absences all over the field. They will be without all three of their Designated Players, as well as Jordan Morris. So they know they will find it difficult to claim all three points on Sunday night. San Jose got battered on Wednesday but have the quality to bounce back at Seattle here. That said, three of the last four league meetings between the pair have ended 1-1, a scoreline we are likely to see again this weekend.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes

Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Venue: CenturyLink Field – Saturday, June 20 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports)

Match Odds: Seattle 4/7 – Draw 14/5 – San Jose 5/1

Match Preview

Seattle Sounders take on the San Jose Earthquakes at CenturyLink Field for the second time this term, looking to bounce back from a shock early season defeat to their Western Conference rivals.

Seattle will also need to bounce back from their midweek US Open Cup defeat to the Portland Timbers, in a game that saw them end the match with seven players on the field. That 3-1 defeat to Portland means the Sounders cannot retain their Open Cup trophy this season and all focus will now be on reclaiming their Supporters’ Shield.

They still lead the MLS Supporters’ Shield standings after 15 weeks and look to be the strongest side in Major League Soccer, but having already lost to the Quakes at home this year, they will need to be fully focused on Saturday night.

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

Sigi Schmid’s side come into the game off the back of a 3-0 home win over FC Dallas last weekend and they have now won three straight league games in front of their own fans.

San Jose are the only side to have beaten them at CenturyLink Field this season and will be hoping to repeat that stunning performance that saw them win 3-2 in Week 2.

Dominic Kinnear has led his side to just five MLS wins in total so far and they currently sit in eighth place in the Western, but are just three points off the playoff places.

They are without a win in three coming into the game, but did enjoy US Open Cup success against Sacramento Republic on Tuesday night, coming from two goals down to advance on penalties after Chris Wondolowski netted twice in five second half minutes.

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They might not be winning enough but they have only lost one of their last seven in MLS and look to be in good shape to try and sneak a playoff place late in the campaign.

Saturday evening’s clash will be the second of three between the two this season. Seattle have not beaten San Jose in their last three MLS meetings and so this is far from clear as to who will win.

Team News

Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid was rocked by the loss off Obafemi Martins on Tuesday night, as the Nigerian was stretchered off in the US Open Cup clash with Portland and is unlikely to feature here. Chad Barrett is also ruled out, while Osvaldo Alonso is a doubt. The extra-time loss with just seven players on Tuesday could leave players fatigued.

San Jose Earthquakes had two players sent off in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with FC Dallas and so Mark Sherrod and JJ Koval will both miss the game. Innocent Emeghara, who scored in the previous meeting, is still out for most of the season, while Steven Lenhart will also miss out. Paulo Renato and Leandro Barrera are both doubtful.

Key Points

Seattle Sounders’ last five in MLS: D/W/W/L/W

San Jose Earthquakes’ last five in MLS: D/W/D/L/D

Key Stat: Seattle have won just one of the last five MLS meetings between the two sides.

Key Player: Chris Wondolowski – The Quakes powerhouse netted twice in midweek and was instrumental in the early season win in Seattle. Expect him to cause the Sounders defence problems on Saturday once again.

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Score Prediction

Seattle Sounders 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes – Both sides had to play 120 minutes on Tuesday night and that could lead to a slower paced game than usual. San Jose will look to absorb pressure and if Seattle fail to score early it could be a cagey affair. Score draw.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes

Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes

Venue: CenturyLink Field – Saturday, March 15 – 22:00 ET (02:00 GMT – Sunday 15)

Match Odds: Seattle 1/2 – Draw 3/1 – San Jose – 11/2

Match Preview

San Jose Earthquakes visit CenturyLink Field on Saturday night to take on reigning MLS Supporters’ Shield winners Seattle Sounders in both sides’ second games of the new season.

There were opposite fortunes on the opening weekend for the two sides as Seattle comfortably beat New England Revolution 3-0 at home, while San Jose lost 1-0 away to FC Dallas.

Seattle will be heavy favourites for this one, especially when taking into account the fact that San Jose have failed to win in their last 16 MLS games.

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Couple that with a Sounders front line that boasts Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey and this one looks like a Seattle win is almost a certainty.

It is however, not all doom and gloom for the Earthquakes as they were only beaten in added time by a very good Dallas side last week. A Blas Perez winner sealed that game but San Jose gave a good account of themselves and have positives to build upon.

The Quakes are underdogs here, and a Seattle win is to be expected. However, anything can happen in MLS and you can never fully rule any result out.

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This will be another chance to see just how good Seattle are after last week’s comfortable win and the key battle will be San Jose’s defence against Seattle’s deadly strike partnership.

The three meetings last season were evenly split as both teams won 1-0 on home soil before playing out a 1-1 draw at CenturyLink Field in the most recent meeting.

Team News

Seattle Sounders: Osvaldo Alonso is still a few weeks away from being match fit as he has been dealing with a groin problem. We’re expecting the Sounders to be unchanged from the New England game after such a commanding display.

San Jose Earthquakes: Clarence Goodson and Jordan Stewart are both doubtful as they missed the Dallas game last weekend. Mark Sherrod and Steven Lenhart are both out but new Designated Player Innocent Emeghara will be pushing for a first start up front.

Key Points

Seattle Sounders’ form: W

San Jose Earthquakes’ form: L

Key Stat: San Jose Earthquakes have failed to score in their last five MLS matches.

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Key Player: Clint Dempsey – After scoring a brace on the opening weekend, we expect Dempsey to cause havoc and don’t be surprised if he ends up with a hat-trick. He looked in the mood last week and always plays best at home.

Score Prediction

Seattle Sounders 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes – The Quakes are not strong enough to cause an upset in Seattle this weekend and the Sounders should go on to record another comfortable victory. Back-to-back clean sheets would be another major positive for the Sounders and San Jose’s attack is unlikely to threaten too much.