Pre-match: San Jose Earthquakes - Seattle Sounders (Tuesday, 9/2) pregame thread

Discussion in 'San Jose Earthquakes' started by Naco, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. Naco

    Naco Member

    Aug 5, 2001
    I think this really is a make or break game for us. If we are going to have ANY shot at making the playoffs, we need no less than all three points.
     
  2. SJtotalfootball

    May 26, 2004
    The Hayward Fault
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  3. Naco

    Naco Member

    Aug 5, 2001
    Sorry, that was just copied and pasted from every pre-game thread since May.

    Who wants to try and put a lineup together? Here's my take...

    Kirovski-Arce
    Johnson-Smarte-Grabavoy-Salinas
    Denton-Ayres-Roberts-Gray
    Gustavson
     
  4. JohnWP

    JohnWP Member+

    Jun 24, 2004
    Monterey, CA
    I hope to see Arce and Gustavson to see what they've got.

    I missed the Season Ticket-holder open practice, but heard there was an impressive food spread. Since they're using the same phrase, "Light Refreshments" I'm hoping for good eats.

    Otherwise, although it's not against some fancy-pants European team, I figure it's as good a way as any to spend a Tuesday night, even if I do have to drive an hour+ from Monterey.
     
  5. Beerking

    Beerking Member+

    Nov 14, 2000
    Humboldt County
    Hope springs eternal. As long as you're not expecting Prime Rib and exotic mushrooms you won't be disappointed but plan on Spam with little toothpicks in it.

    If Frank plays any starters in this snoozefest he should be horse whipped.
     
  6. JohnWP

    JohnWP Member+

    Jun 24, 2004
    Monterey, CA
    (says in Homer S. voice) Mmmmmm . . . spam with toothpicks . . . arghghghghhg
     
  7. Roblar

    Roblar Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    The 73072
    I would like to see us start our "marginal" game-day guys and then fill in the rest of the team with players we haven't seen much of. Starting with something like this:

    ------------Arce--Cunliffe
    --Johnson-----Kirovski---Salinas
    -----------------Gray
    Hatzke--Cochrane--Ayers--Smarte
    --------------Gustavson

    And making several changes at half to give playing time to the remainder of the Dev squad.
     
  8. Goodsport

    Goodsport Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 18, 1999
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Will there be a 2008 MLS Expansion Draft with Seattle Sounders FC picking from scratch just like the San Jose Earthquakes did in 2007 or will the current group of Seattle Sounders playing in this game simply be "promoted" with several additions made to the roster? :confused:

    If it'll be the latter, then this game would be a good opportunity to see a chunk of next year's Seattle team. :)

    GO SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES!!! :cool:


    -G
     
  9. JohnWP

    JohnWP Member+

    Jun 24, 2004
    Monterey, CA
    They'll go through an expansion draft. If they're smart, they'll try to pick up one or two of the best current Sounders, as I'm sure the Seattle fans would love to keep a couple of their favorites.
     
  10. Goodsport

    Goodsport Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 18, 1999
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm sure you're right, though wouldn't the current Sounders be considered outside of the MLS expansion pool?

    Still, hasn't Seattle Sounders FC already signed Kasey Keller and Sébastien Le Toux for next season?

    GO SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES!!! :cool:


    -G
     
  11. JohnWP

    JohnWP Member+

    Jun 24, 2004
    Monterey, CA
    True on all points. I'm sure they can sign as many current Sounders as they'd like. Realistically, not many would be MLS quality.
     
  12. Seismothusiast

    Jul 14, 2006
    Modesto
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    I remember reading that the Sounders FC of the MLS have the right to the USL Sounders back when we were scouting USL talent. We should have had the rights to those players, but Seattle is a special case. Between the cream of their current crop and an expansion draft they should get a good fast start.
     
  13. LittleJon

    LittleJon New Member

    Sep 1, 2008
    I live in Washington so the Sounders have become my USL team. They are actually a pretty decent side, not playing well recently but the team has some quality. I thought all you season ticket holders might want a list of a few players to look out for. First of is Le Toux, Played as a defender in France but was converted to a striker for the Sounders, good skill on the ball and fast, really fast. Then the O'brien brothers, Ciaran and Leighton, only one will be one the field because they are almost the exact same player, they run the offence if it gets going and have great vision, in my opinion both are better than Ned at running the attack.Taylor Graham should anchor the defence and has had two great years for the sounders. Last and certianly not least is Chris Eylander, amazing young goalkeeper. I would have expected him to start next year for the Sounders FC if they hadn't signed Keller.

    enjoy the game. It should be better than you expect.
     
  14. Seismothusiast

    Jul 14, 2006
    Modesto
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Thanks for the info LittleJon. Many here will be familiar with Leighton O'Brien. He played for our team back when they were named the Clash. The other two Sounders with and Earthquakes connection I know of are Noah Merl and Roger Levesque.
     
  15. Naco

    Naco Member

    Aug 5, 2001
    Some other previous players with experience with Seattle:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Russell_(soccer)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Waibel

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominic_Kinnear

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Ching

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preston_Burpo

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawn_Medved
     
  16. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'd like to see more of Gustavson as well. He's an decent keeper, or at least he seemed to be from the Honduras game.
     
  17. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Agreed. We've had a decent start so far, but Seattle's expectations will definitely be higher out the gate in terms of talent than ours were. At least once we came back to reality in the second or third week of the season.
     
  18. falvo

    falvo Member+

    Mar 27, 2005
    San Jose & Florence
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    One advantage Seattle will have over the Quakes, RSL, Toronto & Chivas will be that they already have a team in place, Even if they only keep 4-5 players from the USL squad they will be more ahead on the playing field. Most teams bring in 4-5 new players into a club each year and this coupled with 1/2 a team (already in place) along with Kasey Keller (recently signed) ,they could end up doing very well.
     
  19. davez

    davez Member+

    Aug 10, 2000
    Mountain View, CA
    I didn't think I'd be able to go, but as of right now I'm there for the game... is this Bonus Game "A" or Bonus Game "B"?
     
  20. sjquakes08

    sjquakes08 Member+

    Jun 16, 2007
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    hmm...game don't mean much


    oh well, win one for ma birthday,will ya?
     
  21. Xensik

    Xensik New Member

    Aug 30, 2008
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    O'Brien vs. O'Brien? :p
     
  22. The Terrier

    The Terrier Member

    May 26, 2008
    Milpitas
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Its bonus game A.
     
  23. Earthshaker

    Earthshaker BigSoccer Supporter

    Sep 12, 2005
    The hills above town
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Some of you may remember Ciaran as playing for the Rapids in the first game of the season against the Galaxy, and was red carded for a hard tackle on Ruiz that put the Fish on the injury list for many weeks. I believe he is now just on loan from the Rapids.

    Eylander is a quality shot stopper and I fully expect him to make the Sounders FC squad and be groomed to take over for Keller and be a star in MLS.

    Letoux is also a great player, who never stops running up front. He puts in 110% and you rarely see him complain. I believe he has 18-20 goals for Seattle this season in all competions.

    And Taylor Graham was actually in pre-season camp for the Quakes this past spring, and did not plat that badly for them in exhibition games.
     
  24. GOALSeattle

    GOALSeattle Member

    Oct 13, 2007
    Seattle
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Ciaran has been recalled by the Rapids. :(
     
  25. Since1974

    Since1974 New Member

    Jan 28, 2008
    Downtown San Jose
    Yes, they have Le Toux and Keller (from Olympia, WA) and that's good. However, there are not many current fans up there. They've signed an amazing number of season ticket buyers for next year but are still playing before little crowds at Starfire this year. USL and MLS are, obviously, not the same thing.
     

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