The top-of-the-table showdown between the San Jose Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake on Staurday will be missing at least one key player: Steven Lenhart. The Earthquakes' second-leading scorer is being held out with what the team is calling "concussion symptoms."
Lenhart, who is one of the more physical players in the league, did not play in last week's game against FC Dallas and this will mark the third straight game he has not started. There has been no timetable given on when he'll be able to return, but coach Frank Yallop told MLSsoccer.com that Lenhart's recovery seems to be progressing well.
The Earthquakes have gone 0-2-1 in the last three games that Lenhart has not started, as their lead over RSL is down to one point. Alan Gordon, who plays a very similar style, has been the biggest recipient of the increased playing time. The two big forwards have combined for 11 goals this season and have been a major reason the Earthquakes have gotten off to their best start since rejoining the league in 2008.
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