Our prediction for this MLS match:
San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders face each other at PayPal Park in what is expected to be a close Major League Soccer game. San Jose aim to put an end to their five-match winless run, but the midweek clash will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side. Goalkeeper Daniel misses out through suspension, while all Jamiro Monteiro, Michael Baldisimo, and Nathan Cardoso are out of contention through injuries.
The Sounders, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Houston Dynamo and Vancouver Whitecaps. Seattle have been scoring goals for fun of late and seeing that San Jose managed to find the net in seven of their last eight home fixtures, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. The visitors will be without Kelyn Rowe, Xavier Arreaga, Sota Kitahara, Ethan Dobbelaere, and Stefan Frei in Thursday’s encounter.
Highlighted Player (Albert Rusnak):
Born in Vyskov, Czech Republic on July 7, 1994, Slovakia international Albert Rusnak began his youth career in KAC Kosice. In 1997 he moved to MFK Kosice where he was talent-spotted by Manchester City scouts. However, he did not see any game action for the Citizens in the Premier League as he was immediately loaned to Oldham City.
After making only two appearances for the Latics, the Slovak moved to Birmingham City in 2014. After ending his loan spell with Cambuur, Albert Rusnak moved to FC Groningen in 2015 and it has to be noted that he scored nine goals in 61 appearances for the Dutch club in the Eredivisie.
In the winter of 2017 Rusnak joined MLS club Real Salt Lake for an undisclosed fee. Speaking of his international career, Albert Rusnak made his debut with the Slovakia national team on November 15, 2016 in a goalless draw with Austria. His father, also called Albert Rusnak, used to play football as well.
Highlighted Team (San Jose Earthquakes):
San Jose Earthquakes are members of the Western Conference of Major League Soccer. The Quakes have been participating in the league since 1996 and they won their first MLS Cup trophy in 2001. Back then San Jose outplayed star-studded Los Angeles Galaxy in the title game, but it has to be noted that they scored the winner in the extra time.
Two years later the Quakes managed to repeat the success, with the team beating Chicago Fire in the 2003 MLS Cup final. Avaya Stadium is the home ground of San Jose Earthquakes and the capacity of the venue is 18.000. The construction of the stadium cost no less than $100 million and the venue was opened in March, 2015. The club’s home colors are blue and black, whilst the Quakes wear white and red shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels.
Chris Wondolowski is the club’s biggest star and he has been playing for San Jose Earthquakes since 2009. The USA ace has 121 league goals on his account ahead of the start of the 2017 season.