Kelly Gray and Chris Dangerfield know a thing or two about San Jose Earthquakes soccer -- and not just because they both used to play for the club. In this week's "Keys to the Game," the two color commentators break out the to-do list for Frank Yallop's squad. Want more previews? Then also be sure to check out The Guardian's MLS weekly preview as assembled by Grantland's MLS writer Graham Parker.
Coming off a difficult loss to Real Salt Lake, the San Jose Earthquakes will look to bounce back against the enigmatic New York Red Bulls. With a vaunted attack that features the likes of French superstar Thierry Henry and Argentine forward Fabian Espindola, the Red Bulls are going to test the Quakes defense. So what does the home side need to do on Sunday to get a result?
First off is Kelly Gray and Chris Dangerfield giving their "Keys to the Game." Keeping an eye on Henry is not just something for the fans to do, but also the centerback tandem of Jason Hernandez and Victor Bernardez. As long as those two, along with fullback Ty Harden, are not caught ball watching, then Henry can be contained.
Second in line is the weekly collection of MLS previews posted on The Guardian UK website. Featuring a slew of voices from around the league -- including from this very blog Quake, Rattle, and GOAL! -- Graham Parker's collection of insider information from across the nation is a one-stop shop for all you preview needs. Check out this excerpt from this week's compilation.
Until he sees the return to health of influential players Alan Gordon, Steven Lenhart, Marvin Chavez, and Steven Beitashour, head coach Frank Yallop is left with a threadbare bench from which to select his match day roster. Winger Shea Salinas has been tasked with orchestrating most of the offensive thrust, but he has big shoes to fill in that role as last year's playmaker Simon Dawkins now plays with Aston Villa. The same hard-working attitude by the players that was so evident last season is still on display, but much of the 2012 Goonies magic appears to have disappeared into thin air.
Sunday's match kicks off at 7:00 p.m. from Buck Shaw Stadium and is the featured ESPN Game of the Week. Enjoy the game, and be sure to return to QRG in the subsequent days for recaps and reports.