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Revolution to Face Weakened Earthquakes

International callups and injuries have left the San Jose Earthquakes without some key players.

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

When the San Jose Earthquakes face the New England Revolution on Saturday, they will be missing a number of key players due to international callups and injuries.

Midfielders Fatai Alashe and Tommy Thompson have been beckoned by US youth national teams to participate in games during the FIFA window. Alashe, who scored this past weekend against the Chicago Fire, will be with the US U-23s for matches against Bosnia & Herzegovina (3/27) and Denmark (3/31). Thompson, who has yet to see MLS action this season, will be with the US U-20s for a friendly against England (3/29).

The Earthquakes have also been affected by injuries. Forward Steven Lenhart, who has been making positive progress, has suffered a setback that will prevent him from making the trip to New England. Similarly, center back Paulo Renato is unlikely to travel while left back Jordan Stewart is dealing with his own ailments.

Luckily for the Earthquakes, they have a talented fill-in on the coaching staff who knows the Revolution well.