MATCH AT A GLANCE
(Insert Earthquake pun here). Seriously though, the Whitecaps and the San Jose Earthquakes fierce rivalry has spawned some unbelievable matches since the Whitecaps joined MLS three seasons ago. This season, the Earthquakes haven't exactly set the world on fire, sitting near the basement of the Western Conference standings. A win would propel the Earthquakes into a tie with our Whitecaps, so obviously both sides have plenty to play for.
It won't be easy for San Jose; The Whitecaps have been outstanding within the confines of BC Place, losing outright just once; two weeks ago against the Union, when they played the majority of the contest a man down. Still, the Earthquakes have to come into tonight with a high level of confidence; they're gunning for their fourth straight victory, after posting wins over Chivas, Portland and Seattle the last three weeks.
Statistically, the Whitecaps are the better team. Vancouver has scored more goals, with 34 compared to the Earthquakes 25. On defense, the Whitecaps have conceded 30 goals, while the Earthquakes have allowed 33.
- After scoring a whopping 27 goals for the 'Quakes last season, Chris Wondolowski again leads the team in scoring, but at just 7 goals. By comparison, scoring leader Mike Magee has 14. Wondo has missed some time playing with the U.S.A. national squad, but scored twice against Chivas in his return.
- The Earthquakes and 'Caps have played just once so far this season, a 1-1 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium on April 6th.
- Former Whitecap Shea Salinas leads the Earthquakes in assists with 6, just one fewer than Russell Teibert. (The lead league is former 'Cap Sebastien Le Toux, who has 10.)
- Super pest Steven Lenhart may have lost his scoring touch when he cut off his long hair. He has just two markers on the season after reaching double digits last season.