Head-to-head: Pearce vs. Wondolowski
Chivas USA travels this weekend to face fellow California and Western Conference team San Jose Earthquakes this Sunday, May 13 at 4 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium. While the Red-and-White will look to regain their three-game unbeaten road streak, the Earthquakes will be playing to maintain an unbeaten home streak; their last home loss was on March 17 against Houston Dynamo, match disputed in AT&T Park in San Francisco. The last time the two teams faced each other was on July 6, 2011, when the Red-and-White took a 2-0 victory over San Jose at The Home Depot Center.
Two key players that will be facing off in the pitch in this match will be Chivas USA defender Heath Pearce and San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski.
Since joining Chivas USA in the 2011 preseason, Pearce has made a strong impact in the team’s back line. Born and raised in Modesto, Calif., Pearce was a regular in last season’s line-up, starting 29 of his 30 appearances, earning him his second consecutive call up to the MLS All-Star Team that faced English powerhouse Manchester United. Pearce, along with the rest of the defensive line, is among the top four best in the Western Conference, with 11 goals against. With all the experience that the U.S. international has, who can forget the amazing save he made for Chivas USA in the 1-0 win over Toronto FC in BMO Field. Check it out:
Meanwhile, Chris Wondolowski has been on fire with the Earthquakes this season, scoring 11 goals in ten games (three in the past two matches), leading him to be top goal scorer in the league. Just two years ago, the Danville, Calif. native was awarded the 2010 MLS Golden Boot Award after scoring 18 goals in 28 games, earning him MLS Player of the month honors.
Chivas USA Head Coach Robin Fraser is confident that the team that has been training hard this week will go out onto the field and give it their all, and in return for all their hard work, come back to Southern California with three points.
“We have to go out and play well, compete and get a result,” said Fraser. “Trainings have been tough this week, you see guys fighting through it and you see guys gaining self confidence. At the end of the day, that’s all validated in the weekend, but you have to have belief in yourself.”