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Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes: Keys to Game

Take advantage of possession

It is a Seattle strength and San Jose weakness. Most of Seattle's possession is in the central third, but recently they've been better at penetrating the final third. The 'Quakes are a team that counters well, so turnovers in the central third will be dangerous.

Keep them out of the box

They're willing to take long shots, actually both teams take too many shots from distance. Frei is generally quite good from distance so he should be fine if they keep San Jose, and Wondo, more than 18 yards out.

Continue stretch of strong halftime adjustments

San Jose has 4 goals in 1st 15 minutes of second half. Lately Sigi Schmid's adjustments are quite strong. Tonight's match will need to be great. Kinnear tries to push just after the break.

Punish them late

'Quakes surrendered eight goals in the second half. That's a goal a game. With players like Oalex, Herc, Valdez and Ivanschitz likely in the 18 but not starting the Sounders should be able to punish the tired San Jose team.

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