Preview: Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes | MLS is Back Tournament, Group B
2020 MLS is Back Tournament – Group B, Matchday 3
Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Fri., July 10 – 9:00 PM ET
TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes; TSN, TVA Sports in Canada
STREAMING: ESPN App in USA; TSN App in Canada
Seattle look to be locked and loaded once again, with star playmaker Nicolas Lodeiro healthy and ready to go after missing all of Seattle's Concacaf Champions League series against Club Olimpia and each of their first two league games with hamstring tendinitis. Head coach Brian Schmetzer has also been integrating a pair of newcomers who look primed to make an impact in Brazilian midfielder Joao Paulo and Colombian center back Yeimar Gomez Andrade.
The Quakes don't figure to make it easy, though. They've historically played Seattle tough, and with Almeyda now in his second season in charge, there's reason to believe San Jose will be an improved squad from the one that narrowly missed the MLS Cup Playoffs last season.
Seattle are 1-0-1 coming into the tournament, topping Chicago Fire FC 2-1 at CenturyLink Field on March 1 courtesy of a second-half brace from Jordan Morris that he capped off with a stoppage-time game-winner, and drawing Columbus Crew SC 1-1 at home on March 7.
San Jose salvaged a dramatic 2-2 draw against Toronto FC at home on Feb. 29 thanks to a free-kick golazo at the death from new defender Oswaldo Alanis, before they were blown out 5-2 by Minnesota United at Earthquakes Stadium on March 7.