SAN JOSE -- The Earthquakes didn't exactly instill a lot of confidence in advance of their trip to Seattle.

They'll face the Sounders Wednesday night still agonizing over the worst MLS loss in club history, 5-0 to FC Dallas.

It was a must-win game that went terribly awry.

Now the Quakes (6-9-6, 24 points) will try to rebound on their two-game road swing, which concludes against Philadelphia on Sunday.

"This team has to show its resolve," coach Mark Watson said earlier this week. "I know everyone's hurting. We need to take that and have it motivate us. It was an embarrassing night for us in front of our fans, who paid good money to see the game. It wasn't acceptable. We all feel that."

Most of FC Dallas' goals came off turnovers, which allowed Colombian Fabian Castillo to run circles around San Jose's back line.

"You'd think 5-0 that we really got carved up, but that wasn't really the case," midfielder Sam Cronin said. "We gave away the ball really cheaply at inopportune times in poor areas, and they finished 'em really well."

How quickly the Quakes rebound could hinge on the health of Yannick Djalo, who has missed the past two games with a strained right quadriceps. He is listed as doubtful against Seattle (13-7-2, 41 points), which sits in second place in the Western Conference.

"He just opens the game up," Cronin said of Djalo, who has three goals and two assists in 13 appearances. "At a moment's notice, he can turn a game around and create a chance and score. We miss that when he's not on the team."


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The Quakes, in a tie for last place with Chivas USA, are nine points out of the final playoff spot with 13 games remaining. They have three games in hand on the two teams directly ahead of them in the standings, Portland and Colorado.

Seattle and the Quakes have split MLS games this season, with the Sounders prevailing 1-0 at home on an Obafemi Martins' highlight-reel goal; and the Quakes winning 1-0 at Levi's Stadium on a Djalo strike. The teams also met in the U.S. Open Cup, with Seattle taking a 5-4 decision in a shootout after a 1-1 draw.

San Jose has been eroded by injuries. Right back Shaun Francis suffered a minor left leg injury against FC Dallas, and was replaced by Brandon Barklage. Steven Lenhart (knee) and Clarence Goodson (foot) remain out. Victor Bernardez struggled Saturday playing with an awkward-looking mask that is protecting a broken nose.

Wednesday's game
Earthquakes (6-9-6) at Seattle (13-7-2), 7 p.m., CSNCA