SAN JOSE -- The Earthquakes' desperate attempt to advance to the Major League Soccer playoffs took another hit Monday when stars Victor Bernardez and Marvin Chavez were called to Honduran national team ahead of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers against Mexico and Panama.

The players will miss the Quakes' next home game Sept. 8 against the Philadelphia Union. Bernardez is one of three San Jose players suspended for Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Galaxy after receiving a red card last weekend in Dallas. Rafael Baca and Justin Morrow also must sit out the match in Carson.

The Earthquakes (9-10-7, 34 points) are only three points from the fifth playoff spot but must leapfrog three teams to finish in the mix. As a result, they need to win a majority of their final eight regular-season games. The team has been more effective this year with the Hondurans in the lineup.

Bernardez and Chavez will join their national team after the Galaxy game. Honduras is fourth in the group with four games remaining. It has a showdown at Mexico on Sept. 6 before playing host to Panama on Sept. 10.

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