Club America vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Team News, Preview, Live Stream & TV Info

Daniel Tiluk@@danieltilukFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2015

Club America's Carlos Darwin Quintero is congradulated during the LA Galaxy vs. Club America Soccer match at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., Saturday, July 11, 2015. (Dominic DiSaia/AP Images for International Champions Cup)
Dominic DiSaia/Associated Press

If any competition signals the beginning of a new season, the International Champions Cup (ICC) has surely taken that particular mantle.

Hailing from the World Football Challenge (2009-2012), the past two pre-seasons have witnessed true European giants take their campaign's first steps on North American soil. Real Madrid were the inaugural winners of the ICC in 2013, followed by Manchester United last summer.

This year, the tournament has expanded further; more heavyweights are planning to indulge spectators in four continents and seven countries over 25 days.

The International Champions Cup starts this weekend: Our fixture list to bookmark http://t.co/1C7yB74arZ https://t.co/KAk3eeEGpN

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) July 11, 2015

After beginning their American pre-season schedule in defeat vs. Los Angeles Galaxy, Mexican champions Club America travel 350 miles north, from Los Angeles to San Jose—in the ICC's second North American encounter—looking for retribution from an MLS side.

Date: Tuesday, July 14 (USA) / Wednesday, July 15 (UK)

Time: 10:30 p.m. EST/3:30 a.m. BST

Venue: Avaya Stadium, San Jose, California

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TV InfoFox Sports 1 / ESPN Deportes / Sky Sports 1

Live StreamFox Sports Go (USA only) / Sky Go (UK only)

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San Jose Earthquakes' Clarence Goodson (right) challenging Houston Dynamo's Giles Barnes (left).
San Jose Earthquakes' Clarence Goodson (right) challenging Houston Dynamo's Giles Barnes (left).David J. Phillip/Associated Press

Team News / Starting XIs 

Así juegan nuestras Águilas esta noche #JuntosPorLaGloria pic.twitter.com/AAHYf24IuS

— Club América (@CF_America) July 15, 2015

Quakes starting XI: Meredith, Wynne, Bernardez, Goodson, Stewart, Pierazzi, Barrera, Nyassi, Garcia, Amarikwa, Sherrod. #ICC2015

San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) July 15, 2015

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Last 5 Results
San Jose EarthquakesClub America
L 0-2 Houston DynamoL 1-2 Los Angeles Galaxy
L 1-0 Portland TimbersL 3-4 Pachuca
L 0-1 Los Angeles GalaxyL 3-2 Pachuca
W 3-1 Los Angeles GalaxyW 1-2 Atlas
W 1-2 Seattle SoundersW 3-1 Toluca
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Club America's 2-1 defeat to LA Galaxy was largely expected. The Mexican outfit have just begun their pre-season duties, while the American side were in the midst of their season. It's not getting any easier, as so are San Jose Earthquakes.

A bright spot from America's opening match of the International Champions Cup, however, was Colombian striker Carlos Darwin Quintero. The electric 27-year-old scored the first goal in just seven minutes vs. Los Angeles, but his efforts were not enough for victory.

For CF America to register their first positive result in the tournament, their strike partnership—spearheaded by Quintero—must be active, use their pace and finish chances.

Key Battle 

Carlos Darwin Quintero celebrating his ICC opener vs. LA Galaxy.
Carlos Darwin Quintero celebrating his ICC opener vs. LA Galaxy.Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

The biggest takeaway from America's first ICC match was their incredible pace. Even with options resting from international duty, playing in the 2015 Gold Cup or given special permission to sit games out, Ignacio Ambriz has bags of pace and counter-attacking prowess on hand.

For San Jose manager Dominic Kinnear, his first order of business—and the match's most important battle—will be keeping the Mexicans' pace under control. That starts with smart possession, timely hold-up play from forwards and Clarence Goodson's back four being physical when necessary.

On several occasions vs. the Galaxy, Las Aguilas found themselves in promising positions after their opponents set pieces, but failed to convert. Having more game time and match fitness after their first match, America should find more joy in San Jose than they did in Los Angeles.

*Stats via WhoScored.com; transfer fees via Soccerbase where not noted.

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