Matchday Preview, Timbers @ SJ, 8.2.15
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KeyBank Scouting Report Matchday Preview | San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers | Aug. 2, 2015


Date: Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015
Kickoff: 2 p.m. (Pacific)
Location: Avaya Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)
Forecast: Partly Cloudy, 87 degrees
Referee: Kevin Stott
Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson, Felisha Mariscal Fourth Official: Baboucarr Jallow
National TV: ESPN2
Talent: Adrian Healey (play-by-play), Taylor Twellman (analyst)
English Radio: 750 The Game (KXTG 750AM, 102.9FM)
Talent: Keith Bleyer (play-by-play), Ross Smith (analyst)
Spanish Radio: La GranD (KGGD 93.5FM, 1150 AM)
Talent: Josue del Castillo (play-by-play), Ozkar Ramos (analyst)


Sunday’s nationally televised match between the Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes marks the second, and final, regular-season meeting between the two Western Conference clubs in 2015 and Portland’s first trip to face San Jose at Avaya Stadium. The Timbers, despite sustaining a loss against FC Dallas on the road in their last match on July 25, are just two points off third place in the Western Conference standings and have earned at least a win or draw in seven of their last 10 regular-season games. The Earthquakes enter Sunday’s match on a four-game losing streak, but have compiled a 4-2-2 record at home this season, conceding just six goals in eight games. Head coach Dominic Kinnear’s side has not played a regular-season home game since July 10.


The Timbers could not overcome an early first-half deficit in a 4-1 loss against Western Conference foe FC Dallas before 15,992 fans at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on July 25. The Timbers finished the match with 10 shots, including three on goal, and remain in sixth place in the Western Conference standings. Despite the road loss, Portland is just two points behind the LA Galaxy (34pts) for third place in the conference through 22 matches. The loss was just Portland’s second in its last nine regular-season matches (4-2-3) against FC Dallas. Midfielder Michael Barrios tallied a brace with goals in the 12th and 22nd minutes for FC Dallas, while Kellyn Acosta added a goal in the second half and Mauro Diaz netted a penalty kick. Forward Fanendo Adi registered a penalty-kick goal in second-half stoppage time after new signing Lucas Melano drew the call.


Midfielder Jack Jewsbury registered the game-winning goal in the first minute of second-half stoppage time and the Timbers tied an MLS-club record with their fifth consecutive home win in a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes in front of a sellout crowd of 21,144 fans on July 5 at Providence Park.


Dating back to the North American Soccer League (NASL), the Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes have a long history of competition. Playing in the NASL, the two sides squared off 18 times with the Timbers earning a 12-6-0 overall record. The largest margin of victory for either side in those days was a 5-0 home win for the Timbers in 1978. Sunday’s match marks the 34th all-time meeting between the two clubs in all competitions, across all eras. Since 1975, the Timbers have compiled a 17-10-6 overall record against the Earthquakes, including a mark of 5-1-6 overall in the MLS era.

The Timbers have lost only once against San Jose in MLS play, a 2-1 setback on July 27, 2013, at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Portland is undefeated against the Earthquakes at Providence Park (4-0-3) and has garnered at least a win or draw in four of five road matches against the Earthquakes (1-1-3). Sunday’s match marks Portland’s first game at Avaya Stadium.

Sunday’s match marks the second, and final, regular-season game between Portland and San Jose in 2015.


San Jose enters Sunday’s match on a four-game losing streak, most recently sustaining a 3-1 loss on the road against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on July 26. At home, the Earthquakes have been one of the league’s toughest teams to break down, conceding just six goals in eight games at Avaya Stadium. San Jose has compiled a 4-2-2 overall home record this season, but has not played a regular-season home match since a 2-0 loss against the Houston Dynamo on July 10. The Earthquakes did play two international friendly matches at Avaya Stadium, sustaining a 2-1 loss against Mexican side Club América on July 14 and a 3-1 loss against Manchester United on July 21. Forward Chris Wondolowski leads San Jose with nine goals in 17 games and midfielder Matias Perez Garcia has recorded one goal and six assists in 18 appearances.


So far this season, the Timbers have had four players (Adam Kwarasey, Alvas Powell, Liam Ridgewell and Jorge Villafana) play 1,850 minutes or more. Each one of the quartet ranks in the top 15 for most minutes played. While Portland is the only team in MLS with more than two players with 1,850 minutes or more.


Defender Alvas Powell, who turned 21 years old on July 18, is the only MLS player with 90 or more clearances (90), tackles (92) and recoveries (154) during the 2015 season so far. In addition, the Jamaican defender has won more duels (198) than any other MLS player this season.


Avaya Stadium in San Jose, which opened this season, will be the 100th different stadium that the Timbers have visited to play a league match since the club’s first road match on May 11, 1975, against the Denver Dynamos at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood, Colo. San Jose’s new stadium will be the 13th different stadium Portland has visited in California, the most of any state.


The Timbers know how to put on a show for national television - combining with opponents for an average of 3.12 goals per game on national broadcasts since the 2011 season.


With his next assist, midfielder Jack Jewsbury will move into a tie for 10th place overall on the Timbers all-time career assists chart with Timbers Ring of Honor member Jimmy Conway (1978-80). Jewsbury currently sits in 11th place with 15 assists for Portland since 2011.

Defender Nat Borchers’ next goal will be his 15th career MLS goal. Entering the week, Borchers has netted 14 career goals since 2003, including two with the Timbers. His next goal will also tie a single-season MLS career high (3) set in 2011 with Real Salt Lake.

Midfielder Diego Valeri has compiled 76 career points (23g, 30a) during his Tim- bers MLS career and is just three points shy of tying NASL Timbers great Willie Anderson (79pts) for fifth place all-time on the Timbers leaderboard across all eras in career points.

Midfielder Darlington Nagbe’s next appearance will see him move into sole possession of third place all-time in appearances for the Timbers across all eras. Nagbe enters Sunday’s game tied with NASL Timbers midfielder John Bain with 148 appearances. Willie Anderson (160) and USL Timbers defender Scot Thompson (156) are ahead of Nagbe on the all-time list. Additionally, Nagbe’s next goal will be his 20th career goal for the team, moving him into a tie for 10th place on the club’s all-time list across all eras.

Midfielder Will Johnson’s next appearance will mark his 185th career MLS match and his 65th career game for the Timbers. Johnson joined Portland ahead of the 2013 season.