San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch has been red-hot, and
he’ll have more than a little extra motivation to continue his
dominant play in his next game.
Busch will face the team that released him earlier this year for
the first time when the Earthquakes host the Chicago Fire on
San Jose (11-7-6) appears headed for the playoffs, while it’s
likely Chicago (6-10-8) will miss out for the first time since
2004. One of the reasons for the Earthquakes’ surge is Busch, who
has a 0.92 goals-against average in 12 matches.
Busch, the MLS goalkeeper of the year in 2008, started every
game the last two years for the Fire before being released the week
before the 2010 opener in a stunning move. He was a fan favorite in
While Joe Cannon started in San Jose’s 2-1 victory at Chicago on
April 10, Busch will get the nod this time. The game comes two
weeks after he said of Fire technical director Frank Klopas and
first-year coach Carlos de los Cobos: “At the end of the day, they
know they made a mistake.”
Busch told MLSsoccer.com that he has “no ill will” toward his
former team, but that may not be the case given what was said in
“It’s just another game and for us,” Busch said. “If we get our
three points, we’re one step closer to the playoffs, and that’s all
we’re concerned about. There’s no old grudges.”
Chicago released Busch in favor of Andrew Dykstra, who had never
played an MLS game and has since lost his job. Busch was originally
backing up Cannon with San Jose, but has excelled in starting the
last six games with Cannon out with a broken ankle.
Busch may not recognize many of the players on his old team,
which has lost three straight 1-0 games and is 0-5-2 in its last
seven MLS matches.
De los Cobos indicated that rookie defenders Steven Kinney and
Kwame Watson-Siriboe will start Wednesday while designated player
Nery Castillo will not make the trip due to a hamstring injury.
Defender Steven Kinney is expected to return from a left quad
Freddie Ljungberg, Gonzalo Segares and Bratislav Ristic missed
Monday’s practice, and their status is uncertain. Ljungberg and
Ristic played the entire match in a home loss to Seattle on
The Earthquakes improved to 3-0-1 this month with Saturday’s 3-2
victory at Toronto FC behind Chris Wondolowski’s hat trick.
Wondolowski has 12 goals to put him a three-way tie for third place
“He does everything that’s asked of him and more, whether or not
he’s been playing up front, out wide, in the middle,” defender
Chris Leitch said. “He’s been playing everywhere, doesn’t say
anything about it, puts his head down and accomplishes his goal,
game-in and game-out.”