The Portland Timbers take on the San Jose Earthquakes today in what could either be the end to a painful run for the Timbers, or the start of a whole new kind of suffering. Thankfully, the Quakes are in even deeper than the Timbers, so this one will be an ideal time to get some of those sweet, sweet road points that we have all heard so much about.
Match Preview: "Chara has been the team's constant this season despite a few weeks missed due to injury, filling in the gaps that tend to appear when Darlington Nagbe cuts inside from the wing or Gaston Fernandez lines up like a second striker rather than an attacking midfielder. Johnson, meanwhile, brings an often unappreciated range of passing to the Timbers, allowing the team to switch the field or launch quick attacks down the wings suddenly, taking advantage of the generally free flowing nature of their attack."
Preview Interview: "Ugh. Please don't make me look at the stats. The glib answer is yes, it really is just Chris Wondolowski scoring. Even with his absence in July for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and the fact that Dominic Kinnear is (mysteriously) playing him in midfield, Wondo is the leading scorer with 9 of the team's 22 goals."
Watch it on: ESPN2
Kickoff: 2:00 p.m. PT at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, CA
Portland Timbers: 9-8-5, 6th place in the Western Conference
San Jose Earthquakes: 7-9-4, 9th place in the Western Conference