SAN JOSE -- The Earthquakes returned to training Tuesday missing most of their forwards as they look for their first victory of the season this weekend against Chivas USA.
Target man Alan Gordon is questionable for the game Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium. Attacking midfielder Yannick Djalo, the team's most dynamic player, is nursing a hamstring muscle strain that he re-aggravated in Colorado after a brief second-half appearance.
Target forward Adam Jahn is ineligible after getting a red card for elbowing the Rapids' Jared Watts late in the game.
Striker Mike Fucito also is unavailable after suffering an injury last week with the Sacramento Republic, where he was training to recover from a previous health issue.
The defense is in better shape as left back Jordan Stewart is close to returning after missing Saturday's game because of a quadriceps muscle strain. German right back Andreas Gorlitz made his MLS debut Saturday, and said he's ready to play again this weekend.
But with starting forward Steven Lenhart out for at least 10 more days with a sprained medial lateral ligament in his left knee, the Quakes have little help in the forward position.
Star Chris Wondolowski is the only healthy regular. Newcomer Billy Schuler might earn a start based on the numbers.
"Billy has looked really good and probably hasn't gotten the minutes he deserves," coach Mark Watson said.
But Watson also said he has other options in putting together a starting unit against Chivas. "We'll look at everything between now and then," he said.
Contact Elliott Almond at 408-920-5865 and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/elliottalmond.