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HeritageCupFinished

Yes, this is the actual Heritage Cup. No wonder why we don't want it anymore.

Who: SJFC, the old bully on the block
What: The biggest away game outside of Cascadia
When: April 2nd, 7:30PM
Where: The Legendary Buckshaw Stadium
Why: You ain't got no history! Also, we don't like them (apparently).

Injury Bubble
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC -- OUT: FW Mike Fucito (L ankle sprain); DOUBTFUL: GK Josh Ford (illness); QUESTIONABLE: DF Taylor Graham (L hand fracture); FW Fredy Montero (R wrist fracture); PROBABLE: MF Pat Noonan (L adductor strain)

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES -- OUT: MF Andre Luiz (L knee injury); DOUBTFUL: MF Omar Jasseh (R hamstring strain); DF Tim Ward (R hamstring strain); QUESTIONABLE: FW Steven Lenhart (R knee arthroscopy); FW Scott Sealy (R groin strain)

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I was hoping to give the Street Soccer Seattle article as much face time on the top of the blog as I could, but now on to more pressing and relevant matters.

The biggest news is that Fredy Montero is out. For the past several games, Fredy had been playing with his wrist wrapped up. After undergoing surgery, it's not looking like Sigi would be willing to risk further injury. However, that could change, as Fredy might have to put on the hard cast and buck up for a goal.

No Fredy means a likely start, and the first ever competitive attacking combination of, the big friendly giant Nate Jaqua and the ever frustrating OBW.

It's true, OBW makes the saying "for every shot you don't take in life..." ring true. He had probably 25 of Seattle's 26 shots against Houston (fine, not really) but the point is he's not the sad spot in our attack. It's our entire attack that makes me sad. A sad, sad panda.

The key to this game will be shutting down San Jose's attack. The idealistic and hopeful part of me wants to believe that San Jose have adapted and now play an attacking game, judging by Wondo's wonder brace last week. However, last year, San Jose beat us at home by playing on the counter attack, and then proceeded to park the bus. Today, they will be at home, so parking the bus might not be an enticing option, but the sneaky counter-attack led by Chris Wondolowski will be a genuine concern. Shutting down the service from Bobby Convey will be crucial. Erik Friberg and Mauro Rosales, I'm looking directly at you. You may not know what fast, efficient, and gritty American soccer is like yet, but your about to get your introduction.

-----------------Keller--------------------
-----Riley---Parke---Presidente----Leo-----
--------------Alonso-----------------------
--------------------Evans-----------------
Friberg-----------Jaqua--------------Zak
-------------OBoyWhatishedoing---------

Sounders to Step Up: Evans, Brad? Please stand up.
San Jose Players that Make the Earth Shake: Bobby Convey, Chris Wondolowski, shut them down and we leave with 3 points.