Sounders seek rebound against Quakes

After taking their first post-MLS is Back Tournament defeat on Sunday, the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders can't wait to get back into action.

The 2-1 home loss to the Portland Timbers will still be fresh in mind when the Sounders (4-2-3, 15 points), who are in second place in the Western Conference, play host to the last-place San Jose Earthquakes (2-3-3, nine points) on Thursday night at CenturyLink Field.

"It's good that the next game is coming fast," said defender Kelvin Leerdam, who scored Seattle's lone goal Sunday. "We can turn a negative into a positive quickly."

Added Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer: "This team is very strong mentally. There's a bunch of disappointed people in that locker room. ... I have confidence the team will bounce back."

The Earthquakes earned their first point since the restart of the regular season Saturday with a 1-1 draw at home against the Colorado Rapids. Forward Chris Wondolowski scored his third goal of the season and the 162nd of his MLS career, extending his own record, on a penalty kick.

"Little by little, the team is picking up the rhythm again," Earthquakes coach Matias Almeyda said.

The Earthquakes nearly came away with three points against Colorado, but they conceded a late goal on a set piece.

"I think today we saw some sparks," San Jose defender Florian Jungwirth said. "Of course, the fans and everyone wanted the win, but I think when you get slapped like we did (on Sept. 2 in a 5-1 defeat) against LAFC, you don't have a lot of confidence. We found our way back playing as a unit and keeping a fighting spirit. That's what we have to do. We still have to find our movement."

The Sounders and Earthquakes played to a scoreless draw in the group stage of the MLS is Back tourney, with Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei making a season-high eight saves.

The Sounders have a 10-match unbeaten streak in the series, going 5-0-5 against the Earthquakes in regular-season play since 2015.

--Field Level Media
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