The Sounders look to end their recent losing skid Wednesday night at CenturyLink Field against a ‘Quakes side that helped extend it a few weeks ago.
Last time out: Earthquakes 1, Sounders 0 on August 2 at Levi’s Stadium — Yannick Djalo christened the new home of the 49ers with a 42nd-minute, match-deciding goal.
Battle to watch: Seattle’s tired legs versus San Jose’s injury-depleted lineup
The Sounder stretch of five matches in two weeks continues Wednesday before concluding Sunday in Portland, a run midfielder Brad Evans likened to baseball’s dog days of summer.
“We’ve had times where we were really successful in the middle part of the season and we’ve had seasons where we haven’t done so well,” Evans said. “It’s about finding that consistency.”
They’ll run into the comparatively fresher but significantly injury-riddled ‘Quakes.
Djalo has yet to return from an injury he picked up in the second half of the Levi’s Stadium game. The club announced today that Matias Perez Garcia, its new designated player signing, with miss Wednesday’s match and perhaps even the rest of the season with a knee injury. Steven Lenhart and Clarence Goodson are both still out, Alan Gordon was traded to Los Angeles.
Seattle might be worn down, but at least it has options.
Player to watch: San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski
The United States international belied his reputation as a pure goal poacher in the last meeting, turning playmaker on Djalo’s goal and nearly setting up a few others. He’ll need to be even more inventive this time around to fill in the gaps around him.
He also missed a first-half penalty against Dallas last weekend in a match that turned into a 5-0 loss.
“Wondolowski is going to want to make amends,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. “… He’s a quality player, so he’ll rebound.”
How to watch: The match will be televised locally on JOEtv and is scheduled for 7 p.m.