Seattle Sounders midfielder David Estrada joked that everything he's hit has found the back of the net. With the San Jose Earthquakes coming to town, though, it could be tough for the league's top goal scorer to continue his brilliant start.
The Sounders look to match the best three-game start in franchise history Saturday night while the Earthquakes go for their best road start in nine years.
With midfielder Mauro Rosales - the 2011 MLS newcomer of the year - out indefinitely with a sprained right knee, the Sounders (2-0-0) have received plenty of production from Estrada. After netting the third hat trick in club history in a 3-1 win over Toronto in the season opener, he scored again in a 2-0 victory over Houston last Friday.
Estrada's redirected shot was initially ruled an own-goal but he was given credit before the match ended.
"When it's going good, it's going good,'' coach Sigi Schmid said. "So you can shoot on goal and get a little bit of a deflection and score a goal. But he did well. You get rewarded when you work really hard.''
The Sounders, looking to match the 3-0 start to their 2009 inaugural season, close out their three-game stretch at CenturyLink Field with the first of three league matches versus San Jose (2-1-0) in 2012.
After winning 3-0 at Toronto last Saturday, the Earthquakes like their chances of winning for a second time in five visits to Seattle. Led by goalkeeper Jon Busch, San Jose is surrendering 9.0 shots per game, with the only goal allowed coming off a penalty kick in a 1-0 loss to the Dynamo on March 17.
"Obviously, we're going to concede goals, because that's the nature of our game, but we've not given up many chances," coach Frank Yallop told the Earthquakes' official website.
Seattle has taken just 19 shots, but nine of them have been on goal - led by Estrada's six.
The Sounders could use another solid effort from Michael Gspurning, who made two saves in the last match for his first MLS clean sheet.
"He came out and did well on a couple of crosses, ones he punched out and collected,'' Schmid said.
Gspurning will be facing Chris Wondolowski for the first time. The Earthquakes striker scored twice against Toronto for his seventh career multi-goal game and is tied for second in the league with three goals.
Wondolowski was held off the scoresheet in a 2-all draw with the visiting Sounders on April 2, but found the back of the net in a 2-1 loss in Seattle on Oct. 15.
The Sounders, who host the Earthquakes on Sept. 23, have never won their first three home games.
San Jose's last 2-0 road start came in 2003.