PORTLAND, Ore. – The San Jose Earthquakes fell to the Portland Timbers 3-1 on Saturday night at Providence Park, despite a furious comeback attempt in the waning moments of the match. Forward and captain Chris Wondolowski tallied his sixth goal of the season and moved into sole possession of fourth place on the league’s all-time scoring leaderboard with 115.
San Jose made five changes to the starting XI that defeated the New York Red Bulls 2-0 three days prior. Midfielders Anibal Godoy, Alberto Quintero and Simon Dawkins, as well as defenders Kip Colvey and Kofi Sarkodie were inserted into the lineup with the club having played three games in eight days.
In the 10th minute of the match, Colvey helped keep the match scoreless. After goalkeeper David Bingham was forced off his line, a cross was played in front of the goalmouth, but Colvey was able to clear it out of danger.
Three minutes later, the Quakes created a chance themselves. Quintero drove a cross from the right flank, which was headed goal-ward by Dawkins. Goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey, who had very little time to react, knocked the ball out of play for a corner kick.
In the 19th minute, forward Quincy Amarikwa took a back-heel pass from Wondolowski and attempted to chip the keeper from the edge of the penalty area. Although his effort beat the net-minder, the ball caromed off the crossbar and was eventually cleared.
The Timbers grabbed the lead in the 52nd minute. Forward Jack McInerney gained control of the ball with a slide tackle and tucked his short-range effort just inside the far post.
Portland doubled their advantage 13 minutes later when second-half substitute Fanendo Adi found the back of the net on a counter attack.
San Jose pulled a goal back one minute into stoppage time when Wondolowski drew and converted a penalty kick, giving him a goal in six of the first seven matches of the season.
The Quakes furiously attacked in search of an equalizer, coming close on multiple occasions, but were ultimately exposed on a counter attack. Adi tallied his second goal nine minutes into stoppage time to seal the outcome.
San Jose returns home to face Sporting Kansas City at Avaya Stadium on Sunday, April 24, presented by the County of Santa Clara Household Hazardous Waste Program. The match kicks off at 12:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on ESPN, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.
San Jose is now 2-6-7 against the Portland Timbers all-time, including an 0-5-3 record on the road.
The Quakes have scored at least one goal in 20 consecutive matches dating back to last season, the longest active streak in MLS.
Chris Wondolowski has scored in six of the first seven matches of the season, becoming the first Earthquakes player to ever accomplish the feat.
Wondolowski tallied his 115th career MLS goal, moving him past Ante Razov and into sole possession of fourth place on the league’s all-time scoring leaderboard.
Wondolowski notched his 58th career road goal, moving him past Jeff Cunningham and into sole possession of second on the league’s all-time leaderboard. He needs four more to tie Landon Donovan for the most in MLS history.
Wondolowski’s goal was the 19th he scored via penalty kick, fifth most in MLS history.
The goal was Wondolowski’s eighth against Portland, tied for the most of any player against the club.
The Quakes have now scored in the 88th minute or later three times this season.
The loss snaps a three-game unbeaten streak.
San Jose falls to 3-2-2 this season, including 0-2-1 on the road.
Defender Kofi Sarkodie made his debut for the Quakes after being acquired from Houston on April 1.
MLS Regular Season
San Jose Earthquakes 1-3 Portland Timbers
April 16, 2016 – Providence Park in Portland, Oregon
Scoring Summary: POR – Jack McInerney (unassisted) 52; POR – Fanendo Adi (unassisted) 65; SJ – Chris Wondolowski (penalty) 90+1; POR – Fanendo Adi (Lucas Melano) 90+9.
Misconduct Summary: SJ – Anibal Godoy (caution) 55; POR – Nat Borchers (caution) 90+1; SJ – David Bingham (caution) 90+4; POR – Diego Valeri (caution) 90+4; POR – Diego Valeri (ejection) 90+5.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: David Bingham; Kip Colvey, Andres Imperiale, Victor Bernardez, Kofi Sarkodie; Simon Dawkins, Anibal Godoy, Fatai Alashe (Matias Perez Garcia 82), Alberto Quintero (Shea Salinas 71); Chris Wondolowski, Quincy Amarikwa (Innocent 71).
SHOTS: 16; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; SAVES: 2; FOULS: 9; CORNER KICKS: 1; OFFSIDES: 2.
PORTLAND TIMBERS: Adam Kwarasey (Jake Gleason 50); Zarek Valentine, Jermaine Taylor, Nat Borchers, Chris Klute; Darren Mattocks (Fanendo Adi 63), Diego Valeri; Lucas Melano, Diego Chara, Ned Grabavoy (Jack Jewsbury 85); Jack McInerney.
SHOTS: 13; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; SAVES: 3; FOULS: 13; CORNER KICKS: 1; OFFSIDES: 3.