SAN JOSE, Calif – Midfielder Sebastián Blanco scored late but the Portland Timbers lost 2-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday night at Avaya Stadium. Vako Qazaishvili and Danny Hoeson each scored first half goals for the Quakes in the match.
4' - CHANCE (POR) - Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri found himself with space early in front of the goal after a cross from the right side bounced for him but he hit his shot over the bar.
16' - GOAL (SJ) - The Quakes scored first as San Jose came down on the break. Jahmir Hyka cut across the field from the right to left before passing the ball to Vako Qazaishvili. He took a touch and then placed the ball into the lower right corner of the net to put the Timbers behind 1-0.
22' - SAVE (POR) - Portland goalkeeper Jeff Attinella came across the goal to deny a close shot from San Jose's Hyka.
24' - CHANCE (POR) - The Timbers came close to equalizing when midfielder Dairon Asprilla, on the right side, cut a ball back for Valeri near the top of the box. The midfielder's skipping shot beat Quakes 'keeper Andrew Tarbell but bounced just wide of the left post.
49' - GOAL (SJ) - The Quakes doubled their lead just after the half when Chris Wondolowski threaded a ball to Danny Hoesen at the edge of the box. The forward's low shot found the left corner and put San Jose up 2-0.
87' - GOAL (POR) - The Timbers pulled one back late when Darlington Nagbe snuck down the left side with the ball, drew a couple of defenders towards him and then passed back to an open Sebastián Blanco on the edge of the area. Blanco's low shot found the bottom right corner to cut the score to 2-1.
The Timbers return home on October 15 when they host D.C. United at Providence Park (4:30pm PT, ROOT SPORTS).
Portland Timbers (13-11-8, 47pts) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (12-14-6, 42pts)
Sept. 30, 2017 – Avaya Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Timbers 0 1 1
San Jose Earthquakes 1 1 2
SJ: Qazaishvil (Hyka), 16
SJ: Hoesen (Wondolowski), 49
POR: Blanco (Nagbe), 87
SJ: Bernardez (Caution), 56
POR: Vytas (Caution), 71
Lineups & Stats:
POR: GK Attinella, D Valentin (Powell, 75), D Mabiala, D Ridgewell ©, D Miller (Vytas, 52), M Nagbe, M Chara, M Asprilla (Guzmán, 52), M Valeri, M Blanco, F Mattocks
Substitutes Not Used: GK Gleeson, M/D Olum, M Barmby, F Ebobisse
TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Blanco, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Nagbe, Blanco, 1); FOULS: 10 (Three players tied, 2); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 4
SJ: GK Tarbell, D Sarkodie, D Bernardez, D Jungwirth, D Salinas, M Hyka (Thompson, 84), M Ceren, M Godoy, M Qazaishvili, F Wondolowski, F Hoesen
Substitutes Not Used: GK Bingham, D Affoiter, D Imperiale, M Yuell, F Amarikwa, F Urena
TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Qazaishvil, 7); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Qazaishvil, 2); FOULS: 12 (Bernardez, Godoy, 3); OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 1
Referee: Kevin Stott
Assistant Referees: Mike Rottersman, Felisha Mariscal
4th Official: David Gantar
VAR: Kevin Salazar
Weather: clear, 68 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial