The Portland Timbers take on the San Jose Earthquakes today in a match to keep pace with the Vancouver Whitecaps and avoid falling behind in their pursuit of the fifth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference. With Vancouver up on FC Dallas currently, the pressure is on for the Timbers tonight.
Match Preview: "The tweak in the Timbers' formation will give more consistent coverage to the Timbers' centerbacks and more versatility up top, while conceding some of the Timbers' usual dominance of the center of the pitch. While the Timbers' midfield has been far from invincible this season, they have continued winning the bulk of the possession in their matches this year, including a prodigious 56% of it in their previous match against San Jose.
Preview Interview: "The other player, Argentinian Matias Perez Garcia, while not exactly 'new' will be available for his second game since tearing his meniscus shortly after his arrival in August. The attacking midfielder is an exciting player to watch - he has great ball skills as evidenced by his spectacular assist on Atiba Harris's goal in Colorado last weekend. It's too late in the Quakes season for them to make an impact, but just having them available gives the fans some hope for next season."
Watch it on: The big screen at Bazi. Or on NBCSN.
Kickoff: 8:00 PM PT at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, CA
Portland Timbers: 9-9-12 6th place in the Western Conference
San Jose Earthquakes: 6-12-11, 8th place in the Western Conference