EARTHQUAKES VS. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS

WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium.

TV/RADIO: CSNCA/1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF

EARTHQUAKES UPDATE: San Jose (10-11-7, 37 points) welcomes back three stars from World Cup qualifying matches: Victor Bernardez, Marvin Chavez and Clarence Goodson. Center backs Bernardez and Goodson each played a full match Tuesday night for Honduras and the United States, respectively. But yet again the Quakes won't be at full strength when facing Vancouver, which is in a seventh-place tie with the host team in the Western Conference. Starting central midfielder Rafael Baca is out after receiving two yellow cards last weekend against the Philadelphia Union. Also, reserve forward Steven Lenhart is suspended after getting his maximum sixth yellow card in the same game.

The loss of Baca complicates matters for the Earthquakes, who have won six in a row at home since Mark Watson took over from former coach Frank Yallop. San Jose doesn't have a natural replacement for Baca, who has returned to last year's form this summer. Ramiro Corrales or Walter Martinez are possible replacements. San Jose has won only once on the road in all competitions this season.

WHITECAPS UPDATE: Vancouver (10-10-7, 37 points) is winless in four games since defeating the visiting Eartquakes on Aug. 10. It also is 1-5-2 in its last eight matches. Brazilian forward Camilo Sanvezzo leads the 'Caps with 14 goals while midfielder Russell Teibert has eight assists. Striker Darren Mattocks (Jamaica) and Teibert (Canada) are back this week from national team duty. Center back Brad Rusin also has recovered from a sprained right ankle that has sidelined him since August. Midfielder Daigo Kobayashi also is expected to play despite breaking bones in his hand Tuesday at practice.


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--ELLIOTT ALMOND