The San Jose Earthquakes will storm into a key roadway face-off against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday after going unbeaten in five of their previous 6 contests, while planting themselves above the playoff line.

The game, at the Whitecaps’ adopted house location of Providence Park in Portland, Ore., will be between the 2 groups closest to the playoff line in the Western Conference. The Whitecaps (7-12-0, 21 points) remain in 8th place, while the Earthquakes (6-7-6, 24 points) are in seventh.

San Jose’s defense might be playing in addition to it has all season. A 4-0 success over the having a hard time Los Angeles Galaxy on Oct. 14 was something, however Sunday’s 0-0 tie with the Western Conference-leading Seattle Sounders, and on the roadway no less, highlighted the group’s defensive connection.

” I believe we now see a group that works hard, where everyone runs and everyone plays,” San Jose head coach Matias Almeyda said. “The gamers now play with a confidence that they didn’t have a month ago. I hope they can keep this momentum, stay calm, and aim for more.”

Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski made his 300th MLS start, becoming just the third player to do so after Genuine Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman.