PORTLAND, Ore. – Dairon Asprilla contributed a goal and an assist, Larrys Mabiala scored and Sebastían Blanco launched a rocket strike as the Portland Timbers earned a spot in the 2019 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs Sunday with a resounding 3-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes at Providence Park on Decision Day, presented by AT&T.
The sixth-seeded Timbers will go on the road to face third-seeded Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in the Round One on Oct. 19. Kickoff is at 7pm PT on ESPNews.
4' - CHANCE (POR) - Timbers midfielder Dairon Asprilla made a great turn in the attacking third and carried forward. His pass found Jeremy Ebobisse before it squirted out for Sebastián Blanco on the left flank. Blanco then sent a rolling cross through the six-yard box that could not find a Portland player to knock it in.
14' - CHANCE (POR) - Blanco curled in a corner kick that bounced off an unaware Chris Wondolowski of San Jose, forcing a goal-line, diving save from Quakes' goalkeeper Daniel Vega.
29' - GOAL (POR) - Upfield for a Timbers' free kick in the attacking third, Portland's Larrys Mabiala put Portland ahead 1-0 when he tapped in a low, skipping cross from Jorge Villafaña. Asprilla collected the ball following the free kick to feed Villafaña and pick up an assist.
39' - GOAL (SJ) - San Jose found an equalizer on a corner kick to make it 1-1 when Chris Wondolowski knocked in the cross from Cristian Espinoza.
53' - CHANCE (POR) - Following a blocked Portland free kick from the edge of the 18-yard box, Blanco gathered the ball, stutter-stepped around a San Jose defender and uncorked a dipping shot that Vega had to dive to his left to parry away.
59' - GOAL (POR) - Asprilla made it 2-1 for Portland when received a pass from Ebobisse, cut inside towards goal, hit a low shot that Vega saved but then the Portland man pounced on the rebound to slot it home. It was Asprilla's second goal in as many games.
75' - GOAL (POR) - Set up on a free kick atop the San Jose 18-yard box, Blanco scored on a curling rocket to the upper right corner of the Earthquakes net to make it 3-1 for the Timbers.
The Portland Timbers will next face Real Salt Lake in Round One of the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs on Oct. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Kickoff is 7pm PT on ESPNews.
Portland Timbers (14-13-7, 49pts) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (13-16-5, 44pts)
Oct. 6, 2019 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Timbers 1 2 3
San Jose Earthquakes 1 0 1
POR: Mabiala (Villafaña, Asprilla), 29
SJ: Wondolowski (Espinoza, Yueill), 39
POR: Asprilla, 59
POR: Blanco, 75
SJ: Jungwirth (caution), 43
SJ: Judson (caution), 51
POR: Chara (caution), 65
SJ: Kashia (caution), 74
POR: Moreira (caution), 79
POR: Loría (caution), 85SJ: Rios (caution), 90+2
POR: GK Clark, D Moreira (Moreira, 81), D Mabiala (Dielna), D Tuiloma, D Villafaña, M Chara ©, M Paredes, M Asprilla, M Blanco, M Polo, F Ebobisse (Loría, 81)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Ivacic, D Farfan, M Zambrano, M Williamson
TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Blanco, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Three players tied, 2); FOULS: 19 (Chara, 7); OFFSIDES: 5; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 3
SJ: GK Vega, D Lima, D Kashia, D Jungwirth (Ríos, 61), D López (Hoesen, 66), M Judson, M Yueill, M Espinoza, M Eriksson, M Qazaishvili (Salinas, 61), F Wondolowski ©
Substitutes Not Used: GK Tarbell, D Cummings, M Godoy, F Fierro
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Eriksson, Espinoza, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Four players tied, 1); FOULS: 13 (Judson, 4); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 5
Referee: Rubiel Vazquez
Assistant Referees: Logan Brown, Brian Poeschel
4th Official: Luis Guardia
VAR: Tim Ford
Weather: Clear, 63 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial