Mar 16, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; General view of CenturyLink Field during the game between the Seattle Sounders FC and the Portland Timbers at CenturyLink Field. The game was a draw 1-1. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3: Seattle Sounders FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Moving past the epic blizzard white-out that saw the US Mens Team grab 3-poitns from Costa Rica. The Sounders are now the focus of Seattle soccer supporters today with their opportunity to grab a lead in the easily forgotten trophy race of the ‘Heritage Cup’ between the two former NASL franchises.

While the Cup battle in the past few years have been one of the lesser derby the Sounders have been involved with, more meaning comes with the growing tension brewing between the two clubs. Sparks have flown with 19 cards being procured over 5 matches the past two seasons.

Obviously, the Sounders would love to take 3-points and jump back into the running for the Supporters Shield. But, with the Quakes also with a slow start you can imagine that this game is equally important to them.

So you have emotions as well as importance but then you take out some of the better players from match to further complicate matters for the clubs.

Justin Morrow and Victor Bernandez, pillars of the San Jose defence, will both be missing in action due to their involvement with their national clubs. Seattle, likewise, will be missing new forward Oba Martins, staple Eddie Johnson and the increasingly important Mario Martinez will also be out due to international call-ups.

The Sounders will be hoping that Steve Zakuani can muster more magic as he will lead the attack into Buck Shaw Stadium, a long with Captain Mauro Rosales, against a San Jose club that has a few nicks and patch work pieces among their back-line.

This game may come down to more to whether or not Seattle can present an offense that will penetrate the fortification and whoever is positioned in front of Jon Busch.

I  guess we’ll just wait and see.