The Quakes (5-5-4) marched into Seattle (9-4-2) back in March and handed Seattle their *only* home-loss of the season (thus far). The Quakes are back to prove it was no fluke.
As I said in my previous Seattle Pre-match, it would be a mistake to count out the Quakes against Seattle, especially since Seattle will be without two key forwards Obafemi Martins (injury) and Clint Dempsey (suspension). Forward Chad Barrett is also out, so expect midfielders Marco Pappa and Lamar Neagle to shoulder the burden of scoring against a stout Quakes defense. As long as the Quakes don’t break down defensively, this should be a very winnable game.
I am expecting the Quakes to throw everything they can at Seattle to capitalize on a depleted Seattle offense. Dom Kinnear ran a two-forward set against Sacramento on Tuesday with Wondo back at the #9 slot, and the change netted Wondo a brace in the game. I’m hoping this is a sign of Kinnear’s end to the Wondo-at-midfield experiment and he keeps this formation, a 4-1-3-2. Thompson has not been getting the time he deserves despite being a very productive member of the U-20 team, so I’m hoping he will start up top. I’m also expecting Shea to get the start with Mattias Perez Garcia. Cato and Nyassi will be back from national team duty, and I’m hoping Cato gets the start over Nyassi since Nyassi has not been producing and Cato has looked good during his sparse starts. Defensively, the line remains the same: Stewart and Wynne as wings, Goodson and Bernardez as CBs, Alashe at DM, and Bingham as the ‘keeper. I’m also hopeful we’ll see more of Leo Barrera as a 60’ sub. Mark Sherrod and JJ Koval are serving red-card suspensions and are not eligible to play.
Final Score Predictions: With no Barrett, Martins, or Dempsey, I’m predicting a defensive clean-sheet. I’m also predicting Thompson gets the start and scores the first and eventual game-winner, with another from either Salinas or Cato. 2-0 Quakes.
As usual, the SF Athletic Club always hosts the game in the City, but if you have time, you should head to Avaya to watch the game with other fans at LOBINA. Game time: 1:00pm See you there!!
Photo Credit: Jane Gershovich