San Jose has the advantage of rest on its side, but Sporting Kansas City has momentum.
Coming off a 4-3 win against the Chicago Fire, Sporting KC hopes to keep the goals coming when it hosts the Earthquakes on Saturday night at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan.
The four goals scored for Sporting KC (1-1-0) represented its most in a match since a 4-3 triumph over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Aug. 15, 2015. Felipe Gutierrez had a brace to help wash away the taste of a 2-0 loss to New York City FC in the team's MLS season and home opener.
"We have to do something better about the defensive (effort against San Jose)," Gutierrez told the team's website. "We have to keep the result when we (were) up in some moments, and like always pressing and keep the ball -- that's the most important (thing) to us."
Meanwhile, San Jose (1-0-0) should have plenty of gas in the tank after two weeks off following a 3-2 win against Minnesota United in its season opener on March 3.
Danny Hoesen scored twice, and his goal in the 59th minute proved to be the game-winner ahead of two late Minnesota tallies. Valeri "Vako" Qazaishvili had a goal assisted by Chris Wondolowski in addition to an assist himself for San Jose, a promising sign for a side that put up nine goals over four tune-up games.
"Danny and Wondo and Magnus (Eriksson) and Vako are really dangerous," Earthquakes coach Mikael Stahre told the team's website. "... We followed the plan, but then we conceded two goals in a couple minutes in the second half. It's hard, but we can't forget that we took three points in the opening game, and that's number one."
Sporting KC won 2-1 in its last meeting with San Jose on March 18, 2017.
--Field Level Media