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            === Sounders aim for quick response against 'Quakes ===
 
 Seattle,  WA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Seattle Sounders FC will be eyeing a quick
 return  to  the win  column on  Saturday when  the club  welcomes the San Jose
 Earthquakes to CenturyLink Field.
 
 Seattle  was  the in-form  team in  MLS ahead  of last  weekend's visit to New
 England  having won its last five games. But the Sounders left Foxborough with
 the  worst defeat in  club history, losing 5-0 to the Revs in a match that saw
 the team give up four goals in the first 41 minutes.
 
 The  Sounders were coming  off of a midweek game against Dallas and had to fly
 across  the country  to face New England  in a short week, although Brad Evans
 was in no mood to offer up any excuses after the loss.
 
 "There's  no  excuse, we said  we were  ready to go  and a couple of defensive
 lapses put us on the back foot and now all we can do is prepare for San Jose,"
 Evans said.
 
 The  Sounders  will be  returning home,  but Evans  will not  be part of those
 preparations  as he is  away with the United States national team ahead of the
 World Cup.
 
 Along  with Evans,  Seattle will  also be  without Clint  Dempsey and  DeAndre
 Yedlin, who has started every game for the Sounders this season.
 
 Dempsey  leads Seattle  with eight goals this  year, but San Jose will also be
 without  its top scorer, Chris Wondolowski, who is with the U.S. national team
 as well.
 
 The Earthquakes back line also takes a hit due to international duties as both
 Victor Bernardez and Clarence Goodson will miss out on Saturday's match.
 
 San  Jose  may be missing some  key pieces, but the  club is coming off of its
 second  win  of the season last  weekend, holding off  FC Dallas for a 2-1 win
 with 10 men.
 
 Cordell  Cato scored midway  through the first half for San Jose, but the club
 had to play the second half with 10 men after a red card to Shea Salinas.
 
 Despite  playing with  10 men, San Jose went  up 2-0 on an own goal from FCD's
 David Texeira before holding on for the win, which was simply an indication of
 the character of the team according to midfielder Sam Cronin.
 
 "This  match was a good show of character from the team," Cronin said. "It was
 difficult  in the second  half when we were down a man, but we were resilient.
 Our  center  backs and taller  guys defend the box  extremely well late in the
 match when they had chance after chance."
 
 
 
 
 05/16 17:03:02 ET

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