The San Jose Earthquakes have the longest history with your Seattle Sounders, dating back to 1974. The two teams vie for the increasingly superfluous Heritage Cup, an homage to their NASL days. Seattle leads this meaningless derby 3-2.
Today’s game will feature two teams depleted by the USMNT call-ups. Seattle will be missing Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans and DeAndre Yedlin. San Jose will take the pitch without striker Chris Wondolowski and centerback Clarence Goodson. Seattle has the shorter end of that stick, but San Jose will also be without the suspended Shea Salinas and Victor Bernardez. The Sounders have opened the upper bowl of Century Link Field. Seattle dominates in front of packed houses. Things look ripe for the Sounders to right themselves after last weekend. Which is good because, Lordy, I hate San Jose. They hit and flop and whine and hit. Like SKC, they both flop and goon. The Earthquakes define “flopoon.”
Bold Prediction: Seattle, even missing some stars, has the quality and pride to pound the Quakes in front of a full house.. 3-1 Sounders.