San Jose Earthquakes at Seattle Sounders: Attrition

The Seattle Sounders play the San Jose Earthquakes today in a match that I plum forgot about. With the World Cup and the… bizarre? Open Cup loss to the Timbers, this weekend’s game snuck up on me.

The repercussions of Tuesday’s game will be felt today as Obafemi Martins is out 6-8 weeks with a groin injury and Dempsey received a 3-game suspension from MLS for being an American badass (and such a bad role model for children!). Chad Marshall, Tyrone Mears, Brad Evans, Lamar Neagle, Andy Rose and Michael Azira all played significant minutes in both last Saturday’s and Tuesday’s games. Of those players, the older ones–Mears, Evans, Marshall–should have limited availability, as we don’t need more injuries mounting.

Remember all that talk of age and injuries? We’re seeing our worst fears realized. Last year was a historic success for the Sounders, in part, because none of our 30ish players were significantly injured. This year’s holdsteady roster will suffer if we can elude the injury bug. Now Oba‘s sidelined 6-8 weeks and Ozzie’s been in and out of the lineup with knocks. Chad Barrett is still injured and Pineda is, once again, questionable. We don’t need to add Mears, Evans or Marshall to that list.

And our opponent, San Jose? The oh-so-hateable Quakes come to Sodo to pick on a wounded animal. San Jose is fit as fiddles. The Quakes have played two games since May 30th, and one was an Open Cup match which saw only two starters play. The last time San Jose’s starting eleven took the pitch was way back on June 7th in a 0-0 loss to FC Dallas. It’s not like we have enough trouble against San Jose.

Bold Prediction: I was all pessimistic the last time the Sounders played this shorthanded. But the team played a helluva shift in KC and, if not for two obviously wrong calls, would have left with a result. Without two premier strikers up top, Sigi went to the 4-2-3-1 against SKC. He does the same today. I have been excited to see more minutes for the baby Sounders and now is a perfect time.

I haven’t played Guess the Eleven all season and I’ll take a crack today:

Frei, Remick, Scott, Evans, Mears, Azira, Rose, Pappa, Roldan, Thomas, Neagle

It may be all for naught: San Jose is fresh and has our number. I am just hoping the team can leverage the emotion and disrespected grit from earlier in the week and surprise the fresher squad: 2-2 draw.


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