Energized by a dramatic road victory, the Seattle Sounders FC seeks a possible move into second place in the Western Conference when it hosts the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday. The first kick is at 12 noon on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field.
Seattle (3-3-3, 12 points) is back home for three of its next four games prior to the World Cup break. It hosts Argentina's Boca Juniors in a friendly on May 26 at 7:30 pm. Sounders FC snapped a four-game winless run and earned its first road win at New York, 1-0, last week.
Tied for second in the West, San Jose (4-2-1, 13 points) is off to its best start since re-entering Major League Soccer as an expansion team in 2008. The Earthquakes, who gave up a league high 50 goals last season, have held the opposition scoreless in each of the last three matches, winning twice and drawing 0-0 at New England last week.
Sounders FC is 2-2-1 at home and has never lost two consecutive games at home. The Los Angeles Galaxy dealt Seattle a record home loss, 4-0, on May 8. San Jose is 1-1-1 on the road this year.
Seattle is still looking for its first three points against a West opponent. To date, it has gone 0-1-2 within the conference and 3-2-1 versus the East.
Following the Boca Juniors match, Seattle resumes MLS play at Colorado May 29. First kick is at 6 p.m. PT. Sounders FC hosts the New England Revolution on June 5 and D.C. United on June 10.