MLS Soccer

Sounders’ recent climb has had Eastern Conference tilt

Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid, right, thinks coaching stability may be why the West has outperformed the East.
Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid, right, thinks coaching stability may be why the West has outperformed the East. The Associated Press

Sounders gameday

SEATTLE SOUNDERS (3-4-1; 10 POINTS) VS. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (4-2-3; 15 POINTS)

7 p.m. Saturday, CenturyLink Field

TV: Channel 13. RADIO: 97.3 FM

HEAD TO HEAD: San Jose leads the MLS series, 10-6-3. The teams are even, 5-5-1, at CenturyLink Field. The Quakes are unbeaten in the past five meetings (3-0-2), went 2-0-1 against the Sounders last season and won both matches in Seattle. The teams will meet again Sept. 10 at San Jose.

NOTES: The Sounders are 3-1-1 over their last five matches, while San Jose is 2-1-2. … Seattle is 3-2 at home, the Earthquakes are 0-2-2 away. ... The Quakes have scored in the 80th minute or later in four of their nine games, including their 1-1 draw at Philadelphia last weekend. … Chris Wondolowski leads San Jose with seven goals, which is tied for the league lead. Quincy Amarikwa has 3 assists. Jordan Morris leads Seattle with three goals, and Andreas Ivanschitz has three assists. … Morris has scored in three straight games. The MLS rookie record is goals in four straight games. Morris also is one goal from the Sounders’ rookie record of four goals in a season, set by Steve Zakuani in 2009. … San Jose has three designated players; Simon Dawkins, Innocent and Mathias Perez Garcia. … Former Sounder Cordell Cato (hamstring) is out for San Jose. Amarikwa (hamstring) is questionable. The Sounders reported no regulars unavailable due to injury. ... San Jose midfielder Anibal Godoy is ineligible after receiving two yellow cards last week. … The referee is Alan Kelly.

QUOTE: “Sometimes you just have a team that’s a boogey team for you. That happens all over the world in soccer. … I don’t know. Psychologically you go into it and you think about it. But it’s time for us to change that and leave that behind us.” — Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on San Jose’s success against Seattle.

NEXT: FC Dallas, 6 p.m. Saturday May 14, at Frisco, Texas.

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