Quotes & Notes: Portland Timbers: 1, San Jose Earthquakes: 0 - Apr. 14, 2013

The Timbers held a season-high 64.3 percent of the possession against San Jose

Timbers team huddle, Timbers vs. Quakes, 4.14.13

Photo Credit: 
Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Portland Timbers Quotes

Timbers head coach Caleb Porter
Overall thoughts on the match:
“We didn’t have a ton of looks, but that’s soccer. There are going to be games where it’s tight and you don’t have a ton of chances. One of the things I told the guys after the game is that teams that have the winning culture, the winning mentality and the belief, find a way to win games. Sometimes it comes in different ways, but winning teams find the goal somewhere. We were very patient and methodical, we had the ball a lot, but all you need is one to win and that’s what we found.”

Thoughts coming into the match and implications on standings:
“We talked about it going into the game, that it was going to be a physical game. They’re a team who fights; they’re tough to play against. It was the reason why they were the Supporters’ Shield winners last year. We have no problems with it because we’ll fight too; we’re not going to back down. I thought that we matched their intensity and fight and we didn’t get caught up in it. Sometimes you get rattled in that type of game but I don’t think our guys did.

“We knew coming in that we could jump five teams in the conference, and you know we want to get above the red line and stay up there. We made a push today and moved up the table. We need to make sure we keep pushing and stay there.”

Thoughts on Will Johnson’s free-kick goal:
“He practiced those after training for about thirty minutes. I texted him today and I had a weird feeling that he was going to hit a free kick. I told him why don’t you smack a free kick for us today, and I couldn’t believe it when he hit it because I said that to him.”

On the team’s defensive play:
“Two games and two clean sheets, that was a part of our game that people were questioning; I wasn’t. I knew we had it in us to be a very good defensive team and we’ve shown that the last two games. A big reason is we’ve been working hard in training to tighten things up.”

On playing San Jose in six days:
“It’s going to be a battle. We need to have the same energy and fight and mentality.”

On inserting Futty Danso into the backline:
“He was fantastic. When I told him that he would be starting he was very excited. I thought this type of game would be a very good thing, because he’s physical and very strong and good in the air. He played with a lot of maturity and confidence. You could see that he has started a lot of games.”

Timbers midfielder Will Johnson
On scoring from the free kick:
“[Caleb Porter] said it would be nice if we could get a free-kick goal tonight. We’ve been working on them a lot this week in training so he just asked me if I could do that for him. It was good distance out to get it up and down. I just wanted to get it over the wall, hit it with enough pace to where the goalkeeper couldn’t get over and grab it.”

On the evolution of his role in the midfield:
“I have a little more freedom, more of a role to get forward. [Diego] Chara and I were working well last game. Being right in the middle of the field, just the two of us, you see the whole field. Being a leader puts a little extra pressure on me when a play needs to be made.”

On playing to San Jose’s style:
“Against San Jose, their style is very bullish, they want to battle and crunch. We knew that coming in, it wasn’t a surprise and we knew it was going to get chippy. I’m proud of our guys for battling toe-to-toe, not giving anything away and not losing our cool.

Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts
On recording back to back shutouts: 
“Both teams we played had nothing much on goal. It a sign that we are playing well and doing what we want to do when it is becoming much easier defensively.”

On Futty Danso stepping in to start:
“We have good individual players, we have a system that we want to play to. It doesn’t matter who goes in its still the same system because we have good players. I think he played well. The game was suited for how he plays. They wanted to play the balls over the top, and he’s big and strong. They played right into the way Futty likes to play; it was a good game for him to come in.”

San Jose Earthquakes Quotes

Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop
Thoughts on the result: 
“Disappointed not get something out of the game, but we didn’t play particularly well for the way we can play tonight. The big thing for me, the turning point was the red card.  It’s one of those plays it goes for you or it goes against you, and it went against us.”

On the team’s performance:
“We feel we can play against anybody when we’re on our game. We were just off our passing tonight on a slick pitch. Obviously, they are very good at it, they are used to playing here. I thought they moved the ball well without creating tons of chances, which was good for us defensively.”

On playing with 10 players late in the game: 
“Even with 10 men, I felt it was going to be 0-0 for us. Didn’t feel that we were probably going to score tonight, but felt pretty comfortable we could hang in there. We did defend the box well. I think that for us, when your back is against the wall, with 10 men, you have to keep digging in there.”

On Portland’s goal: 
“Great free kick by [Will] Johnson; once he had the free kick he finished it very well.”

Notes:

  • With the win over the Earthquakes, the Timbers moved past five other clubs and into third place in the Western Conference standings.
  • Sunday’s match marked the first of three regular-season matches between Portland and San Jose in 2013. The Timbers are unbeaten in the all-time MLS series against the Earthquakes, posting a 2-0-4 record since joining MLS in 2011.
  • Will Johnson matched a career-high with his third goal of the season; it was his third goal scored in the last three matches.
  • Johnson’s strike was the first goal scored by the Timbers this season directly off a free kick and was also the club’s first goal scored from outside the penalty area.
  • Portland has scored nine second-half goals this season, which is tied for the most in MLS with Chivas USA. The Timbers’ 10 overall goals scored this season is tied for second-most in the league.
  • The Timbers are one of just five teams in MLS that have yet to be shutout this season.
  • With the win, the Timbers are unbeaten in their last four matches. The club’s four-match unbeaten run is tied for the second-longest unbeaten streak in the league this season. FC Dallas is currently on a league-best, five-match unbeaten streak.
  • Portland's four-game unbeaten streak is one result shy of tying its longest unbeaten run as an MLS side of five matches (Aug. 20-Sept. 21, 2011). During the team's record five-game stretch, Portland earned a 3-0-2 record. The Timbers are 2-0-2 on the current run.
  • The Timbers held a season-high 64.3 percent of the possession against San Jose, besting their previous season-high of 62.8 percent in the season opener March 3 against New York.
  • The Timbers defense recorded its second straight shutout in the win over the Earthquakes, and has held opponents scoreless for 222 consecutive minutes.
  • On Sunday, the Timbers earned consecutive shutouts for the first time since May 5-12, 2012, when the club recorded back-to-back scoreless draws against Columbus and Houston, respectively.
  • The Earthquakes attempted six shots in the match, a new season-low by a Timbers opponent.
  • The Timbers have not allowed more than three shots on goal by an opponent in four straight matches.
  • Portland has recorded 10 or more shots in 35 consecutive home games.
  • Defender Futty Danso made his first start of the season for the Timbers against the Earthquakes; it was his 33rd career MLS start.
  • Midfielder Rodney Wallace made his second consecutive start of the season Sunday against San Jose; it was his 50th career appearance as a member of the Timbers.
  • Johnson and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts are the only two Portland players who have played every minute of the first six matches of the regular season.
  • Ricketts recorded his 49th career win on Sunday night, moving to within one of his milestone 50th career MLS regular-season victory. The win also marked his 34th career MLS shutout.