3/13 Regular Season: SJ Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers Pre Match Scouting Report
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San Jose Notes and Injuries
Form — W (3 points, 5th place in Western Conference)
Last Week — The Quakes started the season with a win as Chris Wondolowski scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Colorado. Full highlight here.
- Fatai Alashe has returned to full training, as has new signing Andres Imperiale.
Matías Pérez García is back from suspension after missing the season opener due to a red card in the final game of last season.
- New signing Chad Barrett and Cordell Cato are both out of Sunday’s match, and Shaun Francis will not play after picking up a right quad injury in the first half against Colorado.
Portland Notes and Injuries
Form — W (3 points, 3rd place in Western Conference)
Last Week — In a rematch of the MLS Cup, Portland repeated the scoreline and won 2-1 thanks to goals from Diego Valeri and Fernendo Adi. Full highlight here.
- The Timbers have a new signing from Premier League leaders Leicester City, taking Jack Barmby on loan.
Predicted Starting Lineup
Dominic Kinnear indicated that he is inclined to go with the same starting lineup as he did against Colorado, which would leave Pérez García on the bench. The only difference will the a first MLS start for Kip Colvey, who came on for the injured Francis last week and put in a decent performance.
Odds — Portland +201, SJ +153, Draw +236
The Quakes moved up one spot to 13th in the mlssoccer.com power rankings after their win last weekend.
- The MLS Champs stayed atop the power rankings following their rematch win against Columbus in the opener.
These teams last met in August of last year, playing to a 0-0 draw at Avaya Stadium.