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Sounders look to continue recent dominance of Earthquakes

Field Level Media
12 May 2021, 05:19 GMT+10

Two Major League Soccer teams at the top of the Western Conference table meet Wednesday night in San Jose, California, when the Earthquakes host the Seattle Sounders.

Seattle (3-0-1, 10 points), the only undefeated team in the Western Conference, is coming off a 2-1 win over the rival Portland Timbers in Oregon on Sunday. It was a match with wild plot twists that saw Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei stop one of two Portland penalty kicks, the second one going off the post and out, and Raul Ruidiaz of Seattle easily convert his penalty.

All of that action took place over an eight-minute span in the second half. Fredy Montero added a second-half goal that proved to be the game winner.

The Sounders haven't lost to the Quakes since 2015, with a streak of 13 straight matches without a loss (7-0-6) since September of that year. It's the longest active unbeaten streak by any team against another in MLS.

Seattle has outscored opponents 10-2 in its four matches of the season.

"We've given up two goals, both of them on set pieces, so no goals from the run of play. So I am immensely proud of a lot of the things we've accomplished so far," Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer said. "But it's early."

San Jose (3-1-0, nine points) has won three in a row and also scored a total of 10 goals this season, making the Earthquakes and Sounders the league's top two scoring teams so far. The Quakes' undisputed leader and heart of the club is forward Chris Wondolowski, the all-time MLS leader in goals scored.

Wondolowski, playing on a one-year contract this season at age 38, came off the bench to score two late goals after the 80-minute mark to lead San Jose to a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake last Friday.

He and teammate Cade Cowell are the two most recent MLS Players of the Week.

"Chris gets ready every day with the belief that he can keep scoring. He supports whoever is playing and gives everything when he is called up," San Jose coach Matias Almeyda said. "He deserves to score these goals because he is our legend that continues to score."

--Field Level Media

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