TUCSON, Ariz. – The Portland Timbers ended their preseason camp in Tucson, Ariz., with a scoreless draw against the San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday morning at the Kino Sports Complex, recording a second shutout in the team’s first three preseason games.
Utilizing more than 20 players for the third consecutive preseason match, the Timbers fielded one lineup for the first 60 minutes of the match, which was split into three, 30-minute periods. Portland head coach Caleb Porter brought in a new lineup for the final 30 minutes of the match which included the preseason debuts of five players.
Portland (1-0-2 in preseason) concluded its preseason slate in Tucson with an unbeaten record, conceding just one goal over 270 minutes of action, while extending the team’s preseason unbeaten streak in matches played in Tucson to nine straight games (5-0-4).
The Timbers saw two good scoring chances early as midfielder Dairon Asprilla struck the right post with a shot in the first 10 minutes of the match, while forward Maximiliano Urruti saw a header saved in the 22nd minute. Portland’s defense did well to keep the clean sheet in the 40th minute when San Jose defender Victor Bernardez fired a close-range free kick off the wall of players in front of goal and the Timbers blocked both rebound attempts by the Earthquakes (2-1-2 in preseason).
Portland forward Christian Volesky had a shot saved in the 64th minute and Timbers goalkeeper Andrew Weber did well to punch away a San Jose cross in the 71st minute. Weber cut out a second Earthquakes threat in the 79th minute to keep the score level.
The Timbers return to Portland on Wednesday and will remain in the Rose City for the duration of preseason. The club’s next preseason match is Sunday, Feb. 22, against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 5 p.m. (Pacific) as part of the opening matches of the 2015 Simple Invitational at Providence Park. Tickets for all three days of the preseason event are available for purchase at www.timbers.com or at the Providence Park box office. For a complete schedule for the Simple Invitational, visit www.timbers.com.
Utilizing two different lineups during the match, 21 different players saw action Tuesday for Portland against San Jose. It marks the third consecutive preseason match in which more than 20 players have earned playing time for the Timbers.
2015 MLS SuperDraft picks Andy Thoma (No. 24 overall), Christian Volesky (No. 32) and Kharlton Belmar (No. 34) each made their Timbers debuts, earning their first minutes of preseason action on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s match marked the fifth time the Timbers and Earthquakes have met in a preseason match since 2011.
- The Timbers are unbeaten in their last nine preseason matches at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz. (5-0-4).
The Timbers play Vancouver Whitecaps FC in one of the opening matches of the 2015 Simple Invitational at Providence Park on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m. (Pacific).
Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS Preseason)
Feb. 10, 2015 – Kino Sports Complex (Tucson, Ariz.)
*Match composed of three, 30-minute periods
Goals by Half 1 2 F
San Jose Earthquakes 0 0 0
Portland Timbers 0 0 0
POR: GK Jake Gleeson (Andrew Weber, 43), D Taylor Peay, D Danny O'Rourke*, D Anthony Manning^, D Jeanderson, M Dairon Asprilla, M Jack Jewsbury ©, M George Fochive, M Michael Nanchoff, F Omar Cummings*, F Maximiliano Urruti
POR: GK Andrew Weber, D Alvas Powell, D Anthony Manning^ (Taylor Peay, 75), D Norberto Paparatto ©, D Andy Thoma^, M Kharlton Belmar^, M Ben Zemanski, M Nick Besler^, M Schillo Tshuma, F Christian Volesky^, F Fatawu Safiu*
SJ: GK David Bingham (Bryan Meredith, 61), D Brandon Barklage (Pablo Pintos, 46), D Victor Bernardez, D Ty Harden, D Shaun Francis (Jordan Stewart, 61), M Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi (Tommy Thompson, 46), M JJ Koval (Clarence Goodson, 76), M Matias Perez Garcia (Trialist #3, 46), M Cordell Cato (Shea Salinas, 46), F Mike Fucito (Adam Jahn, 46), F Leandro Barrera
* Trialist/guest player; ^ 2015 MLS SuperDraft pick