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                   === 'Quakes return home to face Rapids ===
 
 Santa  Clara,  CA (SportsNetwork.com)  - The San  Jose Earthquakes will return
 home  to  Buck Shaw  Stadium for a  crucial clash with  the Colorado Rapids on
 Wednesday.
 
 San  Jose earned its  first win of the season with a 1-0 home defeat of Chivas
 USA  on April 26,  but it was unable to build upon that momentum last weekend,
 falling in a 3-2 loss at Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
 
 The  'Quakes enter  the midweek  tilt level  with Chivas  at the  foot of  the
 Western  Conference table on six points apiece, but head coach Mark Watson was
 proud  of how  his team came back  from a three-goal deficit to nearly find an
 equalizer.
 
 "I  was,  in the end, proud  of our guys the  way they came back," Watson said
 after  the match. "They got one before halftime, which was crucial, I thought.
 We  really had  a good time at the  start of the second half, played some good
 stuff and in the end made it a close game."
 
 Chris  Wondolowski scored  both of San Jose's goals against Vancouver, but the
 'Quakes  striker,  who is in  the mix for a  spot on Jurgen Klinsmann's United
 States roster for the World Cup, would have preferred a win for his side.
 
 "I do know that Klinsmann likes winners," Wondolowski said. "So I'd rather win
 the  game and  not score, and done things  to help the team win, than to score
 two  goals  and see the  team lose. He takes  everything into account, and for
 sure he wants winners, so it's something I want to fix on Wednesday."
 
 While  San  Jose continues to struggle  this term, Colorado has managed to get
 off  to a flying  start. The Rapids, who edged the Los Angeles Galaxy in a 1-0
 home victory last weekend, enter Wednesday's match in fourth place in the West
 with 14 points from eight games.
 
 Perhaps  what  has been most impressive  for Colorado thus far has been first-
 year head coach Pablo Mastroeni's ability to make changes on the fly and still
 manage a result.
 
 Mastroeni  made five  changes  to his  previous lineup  in  preparation for  a
 formidable  Galaxy side,  one of which involved moving regular left-back Chris
 Klute over to the right side of defense.
 
 "I  think Chris did  a really good job," Mastroeni said after the match. "He's
 comfortable  on either  side and I think he  made a few key stops there at the
 end  and really shut down that side of the field. The guys in front of him did
 a pretty good job making it predictable for him but I think overall that whole
 back line did a really good job of keeping the game in front."
 
 San  Jose  and Colorado have  met already this  season, playing to a scoreless
 draw  at Dick's  Sporting Goods  Park on  April 19.  The 'Quakes,  though, are
 unbeaten in their last five meetings with the Rapids, producing a 3-0-2 record
 dating back to Oct. 7, 2012.
 
 
 
 05/06 16:03:13 ET

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