Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sporting KC aims to extend seven-game home winning streak against San Jose

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Sporting Kansas City hosts the San Jose Earthquakes at 7:30 p.m. CT on Saturday at Sporting Park.

Saturday's match will be shown live on 38 the Spot with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. CT, and the cross-conference clash will also be available to watch on the Sporting Kansas City Television Network across the Midwest and via's Stream of the Week.

Fans can listen to the match locally on La Gran D 1340 AM (Spanish) or on ESPN 102.9 FM with Jake Gutierrez and Nate Bukaty going live on air at 7 p.m. CT. Immediately following the match, The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame Show airs on 102.9 FM with hosts Dave Borchardt and Andy Edwards.

Sporting KC and the San Jose Earthquakes are coming off midweek matches in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. Both teams were eliminated from the tournament following their respective results in Mexico on Wednesday.

Sporting Kansas City boasts a seven-game home winning streak against San Jose that dates back to 2004 and stands as the club's longest home-winning streak against one opponent in team history. The Earthquakes are in the midst of a 12-game unbeaten run in all competition dating back to last season.

In the two teams last meeting at Sporting Park, Sporting KC earned a 2-1 victory over the Earthquakes in 2012. Last season, San Jose defeated Sporting KC 1-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium as Chris Wondolowski provided the game-winning goal with a second-half header.

San Jose tallied a 95th-minute equalizer against Real Salt Lake in their MLS home opener last Saturday. Earthquakes centerback Victor Bernardez struck twice and Wondolowski added another in the 3-3 draw. The two goals by Bernardez last weekend place him behind only Houston Dynamo forward Will Bruin on the MLS goal scoring chart heading into week three.

Among the club's 16 departures in the offseason, San Jose traded both of their starting outside backs by sending Justin Morrow to Toronto FC and Steven Beitashour to the Vancouver Whitecaps. In their place, third-year professional Cordell Cato and offseason signee Shaun Francis started last weekend.

Sporting KC also split the points in their last MLS outing, a 1-1 draw against FC Dallas at Sporting Park. Aurelien Collin headed home a Benny Feilhaber corner kick in the 81st minute before Matt Hedges re-directed Michel's free kick past Eric Kronberg in the 90th minute.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early on Saturday with parking lots opening three hours prior to kick off. The first 10,000 fans through the gates will receive a Sporting KC champions flag from presenting match sponsor H&R Block. Additionally, Sporting KC is hosting a Recycle Your Game equipment  drive on Saturday.

All fans who donate new or gently used soccer equipment will receive a 10 percent discount at Sporting Style locations. In-game updates will be available at and on Twitter by following @SKCGameday.