The Portland Timbers take on the San Jose Earthquakes today in the first match up between the two teams of the season. With the Timbers just above the red line in the Western Conference, currently edging out the Vancouver Whitecaps on the "games won" tie-breaker for the final playoff spot, taking three points against the 8th place Quakes is vital.
While the Timbers have continued to struggle to win at home this season, posting a record of 3-3-7 this year, they are coming up against a battered and bruised Earthquakes team that have struggled to reinvent themselves mid-season after a series of new acquisitions have come up lame.
Preview Interview: "The Quakes defense has also leaked thirteen goals in the last five games, as the defense crumbles through exhaustion - the continued absence of Andreas Gorlitz and Clarence Goodson, followed by Victor Bernardez with a broken nose was good for five goals against FC Dallas. Dallas were clearly the better side that night, but the remaining defense remains stretched while they await the long-rumored signing of Uruguayan defender Pablo Pintos."
Watch it on: ESPN2
Kickoff: 2:00 PM PT at Providence Park
Portland Timbers: 8-8-10, 5th place in the Western Conference
San Jose Earthquakes: 6-10-8, 8th place in the Western Conference