While Pablo Mastroeni is off to a strong start as coach of the Colorado Rapids, Mark Watson is having a tougher time in his first full season leading the San Jose Earthquakes.
Although Watson led San Jose to an 11-5-3 mark as interim coach following Frank Yallop's exit last season, the Earthquakes are at 1-3-3 two months into the 2014 campaign. The Rapids, meanwhile, have enjoyed a 4-2-2 start under Mastroeni heading into Wednesday's match at Buck Shaw Stadium (10:30 p.m., MLS Live).
The Earthquakes will likely be without Yannick Djalo, who suffered a groin injury early in Saturday's 3-2 loss at Vancouver. As a result, Alan Gordon seems poised to start alongside Chris Wondolowski, who will be looking to further impress U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of the 30-man World Cup roster unveiling.
The Rapids should get midfielder Dillon Powers (knee) back, though midfielder Marlon Hairston (concussion) and forward Vicente Sanchez (knee) are unlikely to feature after suffering injuries in the 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy on Saturday.
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