While the two teams are level on six points, the visitors have played a game more than their unbeaten opponents.
Having finished in 21st position in the MLS last season, few people were expecting much from Real Salt Lake during the early stages of the new campaign.
However, successive victories over Minnesota United and Sporting Kansas City have given Freddy Juarez and his side something to build on over the coming weeks.
The Claret and Cobalt came from behind to win their most recent fixture by a 3-1 scoreline, with two goals coming from Rubio Rubin.
Also chipping in with two assists in just 157 minutes of action, the 25-year-old's impact during the opening games has arguably only been bettered by Javier Hernandez at Los Angeles Galaxy.
While Salt Lake can move to the top of the standings with a game in hand, the Earthquakes will be equally confident of derailing the perfect start of their opponents.
Having succumbed to Houston Dynamo in their opening fixture, San Jose have since powered past Dallas and DC United by 3-1 and 4-1 scorelines respectively.
At a time when Salt Lake will be delighted with Rubin's performances, the Earthquakes will feel the same regarding the progression of teenager Cade Cowell.
The 17-year-old has contributed two goals and three assists, living up to his billing as the top prospect in the United States.
Matias Almeyda now has the difficult task of keeping expectation levels down to a minimum as his developing side attempt to become a permanent fixture at the right end of the table.
Barring any late fitness issues, Almeyda is unlikely to make any alterations to the Earthquakes' starting lineup.
Chris Wondolowski is expected to feature among the replacements after serving his ban for a red card versus Dallas.
Real Salt Lake possible starting lineup:
Ochoa; Brody, Glad, Silva, Toia; Besler, Ruiz; Rusnak, Kreilach, Meram; Rubin
San Jose Earthquakes possible starting lineup:
Marcinkowski; Thompson, Jungwirth, Beason, Marie; Remedi, Yueill; Espinoza, Lopez, Fierro; Cowell
We say: Real Salt Lake 2-2 San Jose Earthquakes
Both teams have scored goals for fun during the early stages of the campaign and we feel that will continue on Friday evening.
While we make Salt Lake the marginal favourites, they may struggle to see out the game against opponents who have netted seven times in 180 minutes.