PIZZA HUT PARK
7:30 pm CT (FSN-BA)
Still the top two teams in the Western Conference, their fortunes have changed significantly since they met last, exactly two months ago. The teams played to a 2-2 draw that night, the final MLS game at the Cotton Bowl, and while the tie followed seven wins in eight matches for FC Dallas, it started a current string of eight league matches without a victory for the Hoops. The San Jose Earthquakes have lost just once in the eight games since, taking over the top spot in the West and this week becoming the first team to clinch a place in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
REFEREE: Erich Simmons. SAR (bench): Kermit Quisenberry; JAR (opposite): Emiliano Monje; 4th: Adam Garner
MLS Career: 16 games; FC/gm: 33.3; Y/gm: 4.4; R: 7; pens: 2
Games involving FC Dallas: P5 W3 L1 T1; FC/gm: 35.6; Y/gm: 5.2; R: 1; pens: 1
Games involving Earthquakes: P3 W0 L1 T2; FC/gm: 37.7; Y/gm: 4.3; R: 0; pens: 0
INJURY REPORT: FC DALLAS - OUT: MF Richard Mulrooney (R knee); GK Jeff Cassar (R shoulder separation) ... SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES - OUT: MF Brad Davis (L groin strain); DF Craig Waibel (R knee torn ACL/LCL); DF Troy Dayak (L knee torn ACL); QUESTIONABLE: FW Brian Ching (R hamstring strain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: DAL: FW Eddie Johnson, DF Greg Vanney (USA; Sept. 3 v Mexico); FW Carlos Ruiz (Guatemala; Sept. 3 v Trinidad & Tobago) ... SJ: MF Dwayne De Rosario (Canada; Sept. 3 v Spain)
SUSPENDED: DAL: Chris Gbandi (21 CP; through Sept. 4); Clarence Goodson (21 CP; through Sept. 4)
WARNINGS: DAL: Greg Vanney (20 CP), Ronnie O'Brien (16 CP), Simo Valakari (20 CP) ... SJ: Brad Davis (18 CP)
ALL-TIME (34 meetings): FC Dallas 13 wins (3 shootout), 39 goals ... Earthquakes 18 wins (4 shootout), 60 goals ... 3 draws
IN DALLAS: (17 meetings): FC Dallas 8 wins (1 shootout), 24 goals ...Earthquakes 7 wins (0 shootout), 26 goals ... 2 draw
FC Dallas saw their winless run now stretched to a club-record eight games, twice coming back before settling for a 2-2 draw with Chivas USA on Aug. 27 at Pizza Hut Park. FC Dallas still remains in second place in the Western Conference, with 36 points from 23 matches, now eight points behind leader San Jose Earthquakes and just a point ahead of third-place Los Angeles Galaxy.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
The San Jose Earthquakes extended their league unbeaten string to six games, overcoming a midweek loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy at midweek to claim the second meeting between the teams in four days at Spartan Stadium, a 2-1 victory on Saturday night. The Quakes extended their advantage atop the Western Conference to eight points, now with 44 points from 24 matches, one behind the New England Revolution in the race for the MLS Supporters' Shield signifying the league's best overall record, and thanks to D.C. United win against Real Salt Lake on Wednesday became the first team to clinch a place in the MLS Cup Playoffs.