PORTLAND, Ore. – In front of a Reserve League record crowd of 14,121, the San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Portland Timbers 3-1 in MLS Reserve League play on Sunday evening at JELD-WEN Field.
Forward Sercan Guvenisik scored a hat trick to lead the Earthquakes (3-2-2, 11 pts.). Two of Guvenisik’s three goals came in the second half, with midfielder Sam Garza assisting on both goals. The Timbers (3-4-1, 10 pts.) received a first-half goal from forward Brent Richards.
San Jose struck first in the 25th minute. Guvenisik held the ball near midfield, and then fired a shot from near the halfway line and over the head of Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson, who was off his line, to make the score 1-0.
The Timbers Reserves were able to tie the score at 1-1 in the 37th minute. After having several attempts at goal blocked, forward Danny Mwanga gained possession outside the left side of the box and then cross the ball in front of goal. Richards headed the ball off the underside of the crossbar for his third MLS Reserve League goal.
Guvenisik, the Earthquakes Reserves’ leading scorer, scored his second goal shortly after halftime in the 50th minute. Garza found a wide-open Guvenisik, who had slipped between two Portland defenders into the box, and Guvenisik slotted one home in the lower right side of the goal to lift San Jose to a 2-1 lead.
Garza once again set up Guvenisik for an open look on goal in the 89th minute. Garza lobbed a long ball forward which dropped in behind the Timbers Reserves backline and sprung Guvenisik on goal. In another one-on-one against Gleeson, Guvenisik powered in his third goal of the night and his fifth in MLS Reserve League play to seal the 3-1 victory for San Jose.
Sunday’s attendance at JELD-WEN Field surpassed Portland’s previous record for Reserve League attendance of 10,077 fans set on Aug. 21, 2011, for a match between the Timbers Reserves and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Reserves.
The Earthquakes Reserves also take on the LA Galaxy Reserves in their next match on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 11 a.m. (Pacific).
San Jose Earthquakes Reserves (3-2-2, 11 pts.) at Portland Timbers Reserves (3-4-1, 10 pts.)
August 26, 2012 – JELD-WEN Field, Portland, Ore.
SJ: Guvenisik, 25
POR: Richards (Mwanga), 37
SJ: Guvenisik (Garza), 50
SJ: Guvenisik (Garza), 89
San Jose Earthquakes: GK Newton (Bingham, 45), D Suggs, D Ventura^, D Zayner (Knutsen*, 75), D Hustedt, M Clark^, M Ring, M Garza, M Mendoza* (Padilla*, 45), F Cruz* (Morales*, 71), F Guvenisik
Substitutes Not Used: None
TOTAL SHOTS: 5; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; FOULS: 12; OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 0; SAVES: 4
Portland Timbers: GK Gleeson, D Kawulok, D Danso, D Brunner (Jean-Baptiste, 74), D Purdy, M Di Fiori^ (Braun, 59), M Palmer (Renken, 74), M Wallace (Rincón, 65), F Richards, F Mwanga (Vickers^, 84), F Fucito
Substitutes Not Used: GK Partee*, F Desir*
TOTAL SHOTS: 21; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; FOULS: 4; OFFSIDES: 7; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 2
^ indicates guest player/trialist
* indicates academy player