Sounders FC at San Jose Earthquakes – July 31, 2010 at 7:00p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.
An important MLS match is sandwiched in between the two legs of the CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round series as Sounders FC, unbeaten in its last five games in all competitions, returns to league play Saturday night at the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT.
Sounders FC (6-8-4, 22 points) continued to close ground on the eighth and final MLS Cup Playoffs position last week, beating Colorado, 2-1. Seattle has won two in a row and has not lost in its last three league starts dating back to July 11. The four-game unbeaten run in all competitions began with a 2-0 win over the L.A. Galaxy in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal on July 7.
Saturday’s match in the Bay Area offers an opportunity for Seattle to jump from sixth to fourth in the Western Conference. San Jose (6-4-5, 23 points) enters the week tied for fourth and, more importantly, the final playoff slot. The Quakes have been idle since drawing, 2-2, at Los Angeles on July 22. They are undefeated in four games (1-0-3) since June 5.
Sounders FC won the first two meetings with San Jose, both at home in 2009. The Earthquakes have responded by taking the last two matches in the series, including a 1-0 road win on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field on May 22.
On Tuesday, Champions League resumes as Metapan and Sounders FC are vying for a spot in the group stage. Sounders FC defeated Metapan 1-0 in the first leg behind a 40-yard blast from Fredy Montero just seconds after entering the game as a reserve. Tuesday’s match will be broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel and can be heard on KIRO 97.3 FM with Arlo White on the call.
The winner of the two-game series will be determined by total goals. Away goals will serve as the tiebreaker. However, if the score of the series remained tied after regulation on August 3, 30 minutes of extra time and, if needed, penalty kicks will decide the outcome.
Seattle returns to MLS play at home against the Houston Dynamo at 8 p.m. PT.
Local TV: KING 5
Local Radio: 97.3 KIRO FM
Talent: Arlo White
Pregame Talent: Pete Fewing, Alan Hinton with Paul Silvi (tv); Hinton, Matt Johnson (radio)
Local Spanish TV: THIS-TV (Comcast channel 114)
Talent:Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar, Jaime Mendez
Local Spanish Radio: 1210 AM Homero
Talent:Rene Aleman, Noe Menendez and Victor Hernandez