The Seattle Sounders are visiting the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday in their second and final meeting of the season. Here is everything you need to know:
WHEN AND WHERE: Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. PT at PayPal Park in San Jose, Calif.
WHERE TO WATCH: The match will be available to watch on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.
WHERE TO LISTEN: The match will air in English on 93.3 KJR FM and in Spanish on El Rey 1360AM.
2023 RECORDS AND STANDINGS: Sounders: 10-7-5 (35 points, 2nd West), San Jose: 7-7-8 (29 points, 7th West)
FORM GUIDE (most recent first, MLS matches only): Seattle: W-W-D-L-D, San Jose: D-D-L-L-D
PREVIOUS MEETING: The Sounders lost 1-0 to San Jose at home on May 31 behind a 48th-minute goal from Jeremy Ebobisse.
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: The Sounders continue to be without forward Jordan Morris and midfielder Cristian Roldan, who are each with the United States at the Concacaf Gold Cup. The U.S. defeated Canada 3-2 on Sunday to advance to the semi-finals where they will face Panama. San Jose will be without Jackson Yueill (United States) and Cade Cowell (United States).
DEFENSE TURNS TO OFFENSE: Center backs Jackson Ragen and Yeimar made their presence known in the attack on Saturday night against the Whitecaps. Ragen tallied two assists for the Rave Green while Yeimar had the game-winning goal during stoppage time. Ragen’s pair of assists earned him a spot on the MLS Team of the Matchday lineup.
CHÚ STANDS OUT: Léo Chú continues to stand out this season after tallying a brace over the weekend against the Whitecaps. He now has a total of three goals accounted for this season along with his club-leading eight assists. His two equalizing goals on Saturday awarded him MLS Player of the Matchday and a spot on the Team of the Matchday lineup for Matchday 24.
CONSECUTIVE WINS: Saturday’s result against the Whitecaps marks the Rave Green’s second win in a row, putting them in the No. 2 position in the Western Conference with 35 points. The Sounders are currently three points behind first place team St. Louis City SC.
EVENLY MATCHED: Despite San Jose coming out with a win the last time the two teams went head-to-head, the past results showcase the evenly-matched battle that occurs between the ‘Quakes and the Sounders. San Jose currently holds 14 wins, Seattle has 16, and the two teams have tied a total of 11 times all-time in MLS regular season play.
SEARCHING FOR A WIN: After San Jose’s 1-1 draw against LAFC this past weekend, the team extended their winless streak to five games. The ‘Quakes 1-0 victory over Philadelphia Union on June 10 was the last time they came out with a result.
EXCELLENT ESPINOZA: Cristian Espinoza recorded his 10th goal of the season after scoring in the ‘Quakes 1-1 draw against LAFC. He is just three goals behind Nashville SC’s Hany Mukhtar for most goals in the league. He’s also supported the ‘Quakes with six assists so far this season.