The Portland Timbers are on the road and set to face off against the San Jose Earthquakes today. The Quakes were a tough, defense first side in 2015 and not much has changed there, despite the home side dealing with a bevy of injuries to start the 2016 season.
Where last week's season opening win against the Columbus Crew was a strange replaying of the MLS Cup, today's match against in San Jose against the always-physical 'Quakes feels more like the start of the true MLS season. So, in that spirit, get ready for a rough and tumble Western Conference match-up this afternoon.
"The 'Quakes are a defense first side, as Caleb Porter noted in his post-practice remarks on Friday, and will certainly be comfortable sitting back and allowing the Timbers to probe their defense, looking to draw the Timbers out of position and get the ball to the dangerous duo of Chris Wondolowski, who remains one of the most effective strikers in the league even at 33 years old, and his active and aggravating strike partner Quincy Amerikwa."
Watch it on: FOX Sports 1
Kickoff: 4:00 p.m. PT at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, CA
Portland Timbers: 1-0-0
San Jose Earthquakes: 1-0-0