PORTLAND, Ore. – Jaroslaw Niezgoda and Dairon Asprilla each scored second-half goals as the Portland Timbers came from behind to defeat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Saturday night at Providence Park and extend Portland's unbeaten streak to seven straight matches.

Match Moments

1' - CHANCE (POR) - Just after kicking off, Portland worked the ball down the left side before centering it for Marvin Loría to tee up a shot from just outside the box but high.

4' - CHANCE (POR) - Dairon Asprilla, sprung forward in the left channel, hit a hard, right-footed shot that went just wide of the left post.

9' - SAVE (POR) - Goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic dove to his left to make a finger-tip save on a low, curling shot from San Jose's Cristian Espinoza.

14' - CHANCE (POR) - On a push forward started by some great footwork from Eryk Williamson that saw him ghost by two Quakes players, Portland eventually got the ball to Asprilla on the left who cut inside and fired but missed to the left of the goal.

24' - CHANCE (POR) - Williamson curled a free kick from the far sideline into the mixer. It was pushed out to Josecarlos Van Rankin at the edge of the area but his hard shot was blocked up high. Asprilla won the header and looped his attempt narrowly over the crossbar.

27' - SAVE (POR) - Ivacic made a brilliant one-handed reaction save to jump high and deny a header from San Jose's Marcos López following a Quakes' corner kick.

42' - GOAL (SJ) - On a set piece in Portland's end, the Quakes shot on goal but Ivacic made a diving save. Defender Larrys Mabiala tried to clear the ball but San Jose's Benji Kikanovic knocked it into the back of the net to put the visitors up 1-0.

45+2' - CHANCE (POR) - On a Portland corner kick, the ball bounced free to Loría who took a shot that deflected off a San Jose player and rolled wide of the left post.

53' - GOAL (POR) - Portland tied the match in the 53rd minute. Dario Zuparic tapped ahead a free kick to Diego Chara. D. Chara darted forward with a give an go with Williamson before shooting. The ball deflected off of Jaroslaw Niezgoda and in to tie the game at 1-1.

69' - CHANCE (POR) - The Timbers raced forward on the break with Asprilla and Niezgoda combining down the left side. The ball eventually fell to Niezgoda who cut back on his defender and shot, forcing a kick-save from San Jose goalkeeper J.T. Marcinkowski.

71' - GOAL (POR) - The Timbers tallied the go-ahead goal lead when Santiago Moreno spied Asprilla lurking on the back post. Moreno served the ball up on a platter for Asprilla to leap high and head into the right side for a 2-1 lead for Portland.

86' - SAVE (POR) - Ivacic swatted down a close-range shot from SJ's Cade Cowell to help keep the Timbers in the lead.

87' - CHANCE (POR) - Down the other way, Claudio Bravo zipped a cross to Felipe Mora inside the six-yard box to flick on frame forcing a sprawling save from Marcinkowski.

89' - SAVE (POR) - Ivacic dove to full extension to his right to get just a touch on an attempt from SJ's Espinoza to push the ball off the far post before Portland's defense cleared it away.

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The Portland Timbers next take to the road to face Minnesota United FC on Saturday, July 30 at Allianz Field (12pm PT, ABC).

Notes

  • Diego Chara tallied his second assist of the 2022 season.
  • D. Chara is the seventh player to record multiple assists for Portland this campaign.
  • Jaroslaw Niezgoda recorded his team-leading eighth goal of the season. 
  • Niezgoda’s eight goals this season are a career-best, surpassing his previous season high of seven goals scored during the 2020 season.
  • Niezgoda has scored six goals in his last seven matches, including three goals in his last four games.
  • Dairon Asprilla tallied his fifth goal of the season.
  • Asprilla has scored a goal in each of the last three matches in which he has featured for Portland.
  • Asprilla is one of three players with five or more goals this season, joining Niezgoda and Bill Tuiloma (5).
  • Portland is among seven teams (FC Cincinnati, LAFC, Minnesota, NYCFC, Philadelphia, Seattle) in MLS with three or more players with at least five goals this season.
  • Santiago Moreno registered his fifth assist of the 2022 campaign 
  • Moreno is one of four players with five or more assists this season along with Sebastián Blanco (7), Yimmi Chara (7) and Eryk Williamson (6).
  • Moreno has scored three goals and tallied three assists during the Timbers seven-game unbeaten run. 
  • Yimmi Chara recorded his seventh assist of the season, tying him for the team lead with Blanco.
  • Y. Chara has tallied at least seven assists in each of his first three seasons with Portland.
  • Williamson increased his season total to six assists, setting a new career best in a single season. 
  • Portland has scored 26 goals in the second half of matches this season, which is tied for the second-most in MLS.
  • The Timbers are one of three teams (LAFC, Austin FC) with 25 or more goals in the second half of matches in 2022. 
  • Portland has scored 10 goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half, more than any other team in MLS.
  • The Timbers have recorded 35 goals scored in 2022, which is the fifth-most in the league. 
  • Portland is the third-highest scoring team in the Western Conference as only LAFC and Austin FC have scored more goals (42).
  • The Timbers have scored in eight consecutive matches, including four consecutive games at Providence Park.
  • Portland is unbeaten in 16 home matches against San Jose. The most home games played by one team against another without losing in league history.

Portland Timbers (7-6-9, 30pts) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (5-9-7, 22pts)
July 23, 2022 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)

Scoring Summary: 
SJ: Kikanovic, 42
POR: Niezgoda (D. Chara), 53
POR: Asprilla (Moreno), 71

Misconduct Summary:
POR: Van Rankin (caution), 39
POR: Y. Chara (caution), 40
POR: Bravo (caution), 41
SJ: Nathan (caution), 49
SJ: Remedi (caution), 53
POR: Asprilla (caution), 67
SJ: Yueill (caution), 78

Lineups:
POR: GK Ivacic, D Van Rankin (Tuiloma, 76), D Mabiala , D Zuparic, D Bravo, M D. Chara ©, M Williamson (Moreno, 60), M Loría (Paredes, 46), M Y. Chara, M Asprilla (Mora, 76), F Niezgoda (Ayala, 90+4)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Bingham, D Bonilla, D McGraw, F Fogaça

TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Asprilla, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Niezgoda, 2); FOULS: 18 (Bravo, Moreno, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 6

SJ: GK Marcinkowski, D Nathan, D Beason, D Thompson (Paul Marie, 61), D Lopez, M Remedi (Judson, 61), M Yueill ©, M Monteiro, F Espinoza, F Ebobisse, F Kikanovic (Cowell, 77)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Bersano, D Agren, M Skahan, M Gregus, M Tsarkiris, F Bouda 

TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Espinoza, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Espinoza, 3); FOULS: 15 (Monteiro, 3); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 3

Referee: Jon Freemon
Assistant Referees: Logan Brown, Cory Richardson
Fourth Official: Brad Jensen
VAR: Geoff Gamble
Attendance: 23,975
Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial