Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Avaya Stadium. The match marks the Western Conference foes’ second clash this season and first at Avaya since Sept. 12, 2015.
The game will be aired live on CSN California, 1590 KLIV (English) and 1370 KZSF (Spanish).
Battling for a Playoff Spot
Saturday’s game could have playoff implications for both clubs, who are battling for the final spot in the Western Conference. The Earthquakes currently sit just one point ahead of Sounders FC in the standings and a win could fuel either team to a late playoff run.
Former Stanford star and rookie phenom Jordan Morris is set for his first-ever appearance at Avaya Stadium. Morris currently leads the team with nine goals in his first MLS season and has already scored against the Quakes, finding the net in Seattle’s 2-0 win at CenturyLink Field in May.
Sounders FC will bring a new leader to their first and only appearance at Avaya Stadium this season. Seattle parted ways with longtime coach Sigi Schmid in late July, naming Brian Schmetzer as the interim replacement. In nearly eight seasons with the club, Schmid lead the Sounders to a 7-10-3 overall record against the Quakes. Saturday’s match will mark Schmetzer’s first at the helm against San Jose.
No Clint Dempsey?
Seattle could be without their veteran forward Clint Dempsey for Saturday’s Western Conference clash. Dempsey missed Sounders FC’s most recent loss to the Portland Timbers after undergoing a medical evaluation for an irregular heartbeat and his return is currently unknown. Dempsey has scored in two of his last three appearances against San Jose, including a goal in their first matchup this season.