8/2 Regular Season: SJ Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers Pre Match Scouting Report

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San Jose Notes and Injuries

Form — W-L-L-L-L (25 points, 9th place in Western Conference)

  • Last Week — The Quakes were thoroughly beaten 3-1 in their trip to Vancouver, as the Whitecaps scored all of there goals before the 60th minute to cruise to victory. Quincy Amarikwa’s 90th minute consolation goal was the only bright spot for the Quakes, who dropped their fourth straight.

  • Innocent and Steven Lenhart remain on the long-term injury list, and Mike Fucito is out with a hamstring problem. Clarence Goodson left in the 13th minute of last week’s game with an injury, but has said on twitter that he hopes to return soon.

Portland Timbers Notes and Injuries

Form — W-W-L-D-L (32 points, 6th place in Western Conference)

  • Last Week — The Timbers ran into a red hot FC Dallas team that collected its fifth straight win, with Portland falling 4-1. Michael Barris had a brace, and the Timbers could only manage a second half stoppage penalty converted by Fernando Adi as consolation.

  • Alvas Powell, Liam Ridgewell, and Diego Chara are all one yellow card away from picking up a one game suspension.

Predicted Starting Lineup

Quincy Amarikwa’s good form should lead him to getting another start, as the forward is now the team’s second leading goalscorer despite only be acquired a month ago. Renato will step in to the starting XI if Goodson fails his injury race. Cordell Cato had a respectable game against Portland considering the scoreline, and could be in line to the start again. New signing Marc Pelosi was tidy on the ball after entering in the 70th minute last week, but it could be too soon to see him in the starting lineup.

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Matchup

Odds — Portland +201, SJ +133, Draw +225

  • Following the loss against Vancouver, the Quakes continued their slide down mlssoccer.com’s power rankings to 18th, the lowest they have been all season.

  • The Timbers dropped two spots to ninth in the rankings after losing to now top-ranked FC Dallas.

  • The Quakes have picked up an abysmal 20 percent of the points in their last five matches, having scored 1.2 goals per match and allowing 2.4 per game during their skid.

  • The Timbers have taken 47 percent of the possible points in their last five, scoring 1.4 goals per game and allowing 1.8 per game.

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