PORTLAND, Ore. – The San Jose Earthquakes fell to the Portland Timbers 1-0 on Wednesday night at Providence Park. The club welcomed back defender Jordan Stewart, who made his first MLS start since suffering an injury last August.
Less than three minutes into the match, forward Quincy Amarikwa nearly put the road side ahead. A failed clearance attempt saw the ball pop straight into the air and Amarikwa was the first to it, heading the ball goalward. The shot attempt was saved with a reaction save by goalkeeper Jake Gleeson.
Portland took the lead in the 11th minute. Midfielder Diego Valeri whipped in a free kick and Liam Ridgewell’s looping header at the far post found the back of the net.
In first half stoppage time, the Timbers went down to 10 men when Dairon Asprilla was ejected for elbowing Stewart.
San Jose nearly took immediate advantage of the extra man two minutes into the second half. Amarikwa beat two defenders before passing to Shea Salinas inside the penalty area. Salinas was able to keep his first-timed shot down, but it was punched away by the Timbers goalkeeper.
The Quakes pressed on in search of an equalizer throughout the duration of the second half, holding Portland without a single shot or corner kick, but couldn’t break through to draw level.
After a short international break during Copa America Centenario, San Jose returns to Portland to take on the Timbers in the Fourth Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, June 14.
The Quakes are now 5-4-5 this season (20 points), including a 0-4-3 record on the road.
San Jose is now 2-7-7 against the Portland Timbers all-time, including a 0-6-3 record on the road.
The Earthquakes have now held Portland to one or fewer goals in four of their last five meetings.
San Jose has now held opponents to one or fewer goals in four straight matches and six of the last seven.
Midfielder Shea Salinas made his 172nd appearance for the Quakes, moving him past Joe Cannon and into sole possession of the third most appearances in club history (Ramiro Corrales – 250; Chris Wondolowski – 204).
Defender Jordan Stewart started and played 76 minutes. It marked his first appearance since suffering an Achilles injury on August 14, 2015.
Nineteen-year-old midfielder Matheus Silva made his second career start (5/7/16 at SEA).
The Quakes allowed just two shots over the course of the match, their fewest allowed this season (previous low was five vs. DAL on 5/28).
MLS Regular Season
San Jose Earthquakes 0-1 Portland Timbers
June 1, 2016 – Providence Park in Portland, OR
Scoring Summary: POR – Liam Ridgewell (Diego Valeri) 11.
Misconduct Summary: SJ – Matheus Silva (caution) 17; POR – Dairon Asprilla (ejection) 45+1; SJ – Jordan Stewart (caution) 61; SJ – Chad Barrett (caution) 78; SJ – Matias Perez Garcia 90+2.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: David Bingham; Jordan Stewart (Cordell Cato 76), Victor Bernardez, Marvell Wynne, Kofi Sarkodie; Matias Perez Garcia, Matheus Silva (Tommy Thompson 46), Fatai Alashe, Shea Salinas; Quincy Amarikwa, Chad Barrett (Adam Jahn 81).
SHOTS: 13; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; SAVES: 0; FOULS: 20; CORNER KICKS: 3; OFFSIDES: 2.
PORTLAND TIMBERS: Jake Gleeson; Nat Borchers, Zarek Valentin, Liam Ridgewell, Taylor Peay; Diego Chara, Diego Valeri (Lucas Melano 64), Ben Zemanski, Ned Grabavoy (Amobi Okugo 90+2), Dairon Asprilla; Fanendo Adi (Jack Jewsbury 83).
SHOTS: 2; SHOTS ON GOAL: 1; SAVES: 3; FOULS: 13; CORNER KICKS: 1; OFFSIDES: 1.