PORTLAND, OR - SEPTEMBER 21: Diego Chara #21 of the Portland Timbers battles Sam Cronin #4 of the San Jose Earthquakes on September 21, 2011 at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Tonight, the Portland Timbers take on the best team in the league: the San Jose Earthquakes. While it would be easy to walk into tonight's game with visions of doom and gloom for the Timbers, remember that it was just over a week ago that many of us were feeling the same way about the Seattle Sounders game. Fact is, the Timbers typically come up big against teams they're supposed to be easy-pickings for.
That said, a loss here tonight would spell ill will for the future of the Timbers' season. I know we've all heard before that the there is no chance for the Timbers to make the play offs. Fact is, that's not true. But we do need to start seeing some wins and the way that happens is by, at least, winning at home. Now the Timbers haven't lost at home in the regular MLS season since April 7th, so let's hope that record sticks for tonight.
Also, as I said earlier, tonight's match thread will be abbreviated. As such, here is the vital information:
Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes
7:30 PM Jeld-Wen Field
Watch it on KPTV
Portland Timbers: Troy Perkins; Jack Jewsbury, David Horst, Futty Danso, Steven Smith; Franck Songo'o, Lovel Palmer, Darlington Nagbe, Eric Alexander; Danny Mwanga, Kris Boyd
San Jose Earthquakes: David BIngham; Steven Beitashour, Victor Bernardez, Jason Hernandez, Justin Morrow; Shea Salinas, Sam Cronin, Khari Stephenson, Rafael Baca; Chris Wondolowski, Alan Gordon