After a Busy Week, Earthquakes Look To Continue Momentum in Portland

San Jose Notes and Injuries

Form — W-L-D-D-W (11 points, 5th place in Western Conference)

  • Last Week — The Quakes came out in front 2-0 in a midweek game against the New York Red Bulls, with Fatai Alashe and Chris Wondolowski netting on either side of halftime. Full highlights here.

  • Clarence Goodson and Anibal Godoy both remain questionable for Saturday’s match. Godoy is more likely to play than Goodson.
  • Alberto Quintero’s goal against FC Dallas won MLS Goal of the Week, giving the Quakes the honor for the second straight week.
  • David Bingham earned MLS Save of the Week with this diving stop against FC Dallas last weekend.

 

Portland Notes and Injuries

Form — L-D-L-D-L (5 points, 9th place in Western Conference)

  • Last Week — The Timbers continued their slow start to the season with a 3-1 loss at home to FC Dallas.

  • Darlington Nagbe is back in training after being on the receiving end of a nasty and much-discussed tackle by LA Galaxy’s Nigel De Jong, but is not available for Satuday’s match.
  • Defender Alvas Powell is out with a torn ligament in his wrist, and Dairon Asprilla is doubtful with a foot injury. Both were starters for the Timbers last time these teams met.

 

Predicted Starting Lineup

This is the Quakes’ third game in a week’s time, so there should be some rotation in the starting XI. One possibility is to return to the starting lineup that faced FC Dallas a week ago, with Simon Dawkins and Quintero returning to the starting lineup. But Matías Pérez García has been playing well and will certainly be in contention for a starting spot. Kofi Sarkodie could be a surprise starter in the back line.

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Matchup

Odds — Portland -114, SJ +320, Draw +270

  • This is the second time these teams have met this year, with the March match at Avaya Stadium going to the Quakes, 2-1.

  • San Jose has scored 1.6 goals per game in their last five matches, while conceding 1.4 per game.
  • The slumping Timbers have scored 1.2 per match in their last five, while allowing 2.4 per match.

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