When the Earthquakes take on the Seattle Sounders this week in Seattle, the current MLS scoring king will meet the player many consider the odds-on favorite to one day inherit that title.
Chris Wondolowski, the undisputed goal-scoring leader of the league since 2010, versus Jordan Morris, the rookie star that many consider the future of soccer in America.
On the surface, the two players have quite a bit in common. But the roads that led them to this, their first professional showdown, are about as different as they come.
Morris, just eight games into his MLS career, is already a familiar name to American soccer fans. A dominant career at Stanford made Morris the first college player to play for the USMNT in over 20 years, and his contract with the Sounders was the richest for a homegrown player in league history.
By contrast, "Wondo" played at DII Chico State. He cut his teeth for a year with the (now-defunct) Chico Rooks, in a league so small they regularly played in high school stadiums. When Wondo finally got his big break, he was taken in the fourth round of the MLS' supplemental draft ... which only has four rounds.
It feels insufficient to say that Wondo wasn't a blue chipper. It's probably closer to accurate to say he came into the league without any chips at all, except perhaps the one on his shoulder.
The contrast in backstory between Wondo and Morris, and the chance to weigh those differences against each other, is what makes this Saturday's game so intriguing.
There is no doubt that Morris has the pedigree and background to make himself a likely heir to Wondo's scoring crown, but as Wondo himself has repeatedly proven, where you've been isn't always the best indicator of where you're heading.
BEHIND THE STANDINGS
The FC Dallas bandwagon was already leaking oil heading into Week 8, but after a 4-0 beatdown at the hands of New York, it looks like the wheels have officially fallen off. It's not likely to get much better this week with another tough road game, this time in Toronto.
Speaking of Toronto FC, they appear to be on the upswing even with their loss at Portland last week. FC outplayed Portland for much of the match, only to be foiled by Jake Gleeson in goal. In a weak conference and with four straight home games on tap, the view from the six is looking pretty good right now.
GOAL OF THE WEEK
Colorado probably thought they had cleared this ball. Montreal's Maxim Tissot disagreed.
SAVE OF THE WEEK
The Timbers' Gleeson was the MVP in their 2-1 win over Toronto. He made a number of great saves, none better than this diving beauty in stoppage time.
THE WEEK AHEAD
As previously mentioned, the Quakes head north to take on the Sounders. Seattle has looked shaky at times this season, but they've won their last three home matches and should only improve from here. Wondo has nine career goals against the Sounders, the most of any player in MLS history.
Colorado and Real Salt Lake are both sitting at the top of the Western Conference standings, which makes their showdown Saturday night a match of interest for the rest of the conference. RSL has looked like one of the elite teams in MLS for most of this season, but they surrendered five goals the last time they left home, and like most of MLS, have looked immensely less impressive on the road this year.