Fan Guide: Western Conference clash in Portland

Kickoff: September 7, 2:00 p.m. PT at Providence Park, Portland, Oregon.
Television: ESPN2
Radio: 1370 KZSF, 1590 KLIV



Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 1-2-5
Home: 1-0-3 (6 GF, 5 GA)
Away: 0-2-2 (3 GF, 5 GA)
Playoffs: 0-0-0; US Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 9, Portland – 10

Last Game vs. Portland

Earthquakes 2, Portland Timbers 1; July 27, 2014; Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
The Earthquakes scored twice in the second half to earn a 2-1 win against the Portland Timbers in front of a sold out crowd at Buck Shaw Stadium. The win was San Jose’s first against the Timbers. After a scoreless first half, San Jose broke the deadlock from the penalty spot in the 55th minute after Timbers defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste obstructed Shea Salinas in the area. Captain Victor Bernardez stepped up to take the kick and beat goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts with a smartly-placed shot to the lower left corner. Steven Lenhart doubled San Jose’s lead three minutes later on a set piece. Salinas teed a free kick up from 40 yards out and sent an in-swinger toward goal that found Lenhart open at the back post. The target man slid and bounced a shot over Ricketts for his second goal of the season. Portland pulled one back in the 83rd minute after a turnover in San Jose’s attacking third. Diego Valeri located teammate Frederic Piquionne downfield where the second-half substitute redirected a pass to Darlington Nagbe at the top of the box. Nagbe took a touch and then slotted his shot to the right past goalkeeper Jon Busch.

History of the Quakes – Portland Timbers Rivalry
The Earthquakes and Timbers rivalry dates back to when the teams played in the North American Soccer League … The squads faced off for the first time as members of the NASL in 1975 in San Jose and the Earthquakes were victorious 2-1 with Ilija Mitic scoring both goals for the Quakes … The Timbers evened the series with a 2-1 home victory towards the end of the ’75 season … In 1976 the teams only met once and Portland got the better of the Earthquakes in a 1-0 victory in San Jose … The Earthquakes swept the 1977 season series with a 3-2 victory at home and 2-1 win in Portland … The Timbers came back in 1978 and outscored the Earthquakes 8-2 in two wins on their way to the NASL National Conference Final, where they lost to the New York Cosmos … The teams split the 1979 series with Portland winning 4-3 in San Jose and the Earthquakes winning 2-1 in Portland …In 1980 the Earthquakes dropped both games to the Timbers, losing each match by just one goal … The Timbers got the best of the Earthquakes in 1981 as well, sweeping the season series by finals of 3-0 and 2-1 … 1982 was the last NASL series between the two teams … The Earthquakes won the first game 1-0 in Portland and the Timbers were victorious 1-0 when they traveled to San Jose … The two sides played again in a 2001 exhibition in Portland and the Timbers were victorious 2-1 … The next meeting came in 2004 during the U.S. Open Cup and the Earthquakes won 3-0 … In 2005 the sides met again in the U.S. Open Cup and the Earthquakes were victorious 2-0 … The Earthquakes topped Portland in U.S. Open Cup Qualifying 1-0 on May 3, 2011 with Ike Opara scoring the game winner in the 120th minute … The Earthquakes and Timbers battled to a pair of 1-1 draws in 2011 … Portland got the better of San Jose 2-1 at JELD-WEN Field in the two team’s first meeting of 2012, snapping a three-game winning streak for the Earthquakes … Chris Wondolowski came off the bench to score a pair of second-half goals and rally San Jose from a two-goal deficit in a 2-2 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium on Sept. 19 … The Earthquakes and Timbers closed out the 2012 regular season with a 1-1 draw on Oct. 27. Chris Wondolowski tied Roy Lassiter’s single-season mark of 27 goals with a penalty kick in the 24th minute … Portland won the clubs’ first of three meetings in 2013 1-0 at JELD-WEN Field with Will Johnson curling home a free kick in the 78th minute … San Jose rallied at Buck Shaw Stadium to draw even with Portland 1-1 thanks to a 92nd-minute goal from Adam Jahn on April 21, 2013 … The Earthquakes picked up their first-ever win against the Timbers on July 27, 2013 with a 2-1 result at Buck Shaw Stadium. 

Earthquakes – Portland Timbers Connections
San Jose forward Mike Fucito played for the Timbers in 2012 … Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas played with Timbers midfielder Michael Nanchoff for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2011 … Portland head coach Caleb Porter was originally drafted by San Jose in the third round (No. 27 overall) of the 1998 MLS SuperDraft … Porter appeared in four matches with the Clash in 1999, his only season with the club … Earthquakes Designated Player Matias Perez Garcia, Timbers forwards Maximiliano Urruti and Gaston Fernandez, Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri, Timbers defender Norberto Paparatto are Argentinean … The group were all in the top division of Argentine soccer in 2011-12 with Perez Garcia playing for CA All Boys, Urruti for Newell’s All Boys, Fernandez for Estudiantes LP, Valeri for Lanus and Paparatto for Tigre … Perez Garcia, Paparatto and Valeri each started their careers at Lanus in the Buenos Aires province … Perez Garcia and Paparatto played together at Tigre from 2012-14 … Earthquakes defender Shaun Francis and Timbers defender Danny O’Rourke played together at Columbus from 2010-12 …  Earthquakes defender Jordan Stewart and Timbers defender Liam Ridgewell are both English and played in the Premiership … Ridgewell spent most of his professional career in Stewart’s hometown of Birmingham, playing for Aston Villa from 2002-07 and Birmingham City from 2007-12 … Earthquakes defender Jason Hernandez and Timbers midfielder Jorge Villafana spent one season together at Chivas USA in 2007 … Timbers goalkeeper Andrew Weber played for San Jose from 2009-11.

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