It's time to take a deep breath and move past Monday's loss and get ready for a road match against the San Jose Earthquakes. (Who is ready to pay $30 for parking? Apparently, San Jose fans are.)
While the Quakes sit at the bottom of the Western Conference, and recently struggled through a four-game losing streak, their last two matches resulted in a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls and a 5-1 win against the Chicago Fire.
You might recall our earlier 1-0 win over the Quakes thanks to an ObaMiracleGoal, and our thrilling Open Cup victory at Starfire, but this weekend's lineup might look different than our previous matchups. How will we fare this weekend? Let's take a look at the players to watch and team stats ahead of Saturday's match.
Player / Injury Updates
Chad Marshall remains questionable after getting into a car accident last Saturday. We hope you get better soon, Chad!
For San Jose, center back Clarence Goodson is set to miss two months due to a toe injury. Forward Steven Lenhart is still dealing with a knee problem.
Take a look at when the Sounders and Quakes score and give up goals. Both teams give up more goals in the first 45 minutes. On the scoring front, half of all San Jose goals, and 51 percent of all Sounders goals, are scored in the final 30 minutes of the game.
Here's a stat that I like: the Quakes have the third-lowest shot accuracy in the league (43%), while the Sounders sit at the top (51%).
While San Jose has lost 8 games, the team has not lost by more than 1 goal this entire season. That has to be frustrating!
Join me in crossing your fingers, toes, eyes, etc., in the hopes that Saturday marks the start of another post-loss winning streak for the Sounders.