Competition: Major League Soccer – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers
Venue: Avaya Stadium – Sunday, August 2 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST)
Match Odds: San Jose Earthquakes 7/5 – Draw 5/2 – Portland Timbers 7/4
Having been without star man Chris Wondolowski for the duration of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, San Jose have struggled to cope and need to pick back up quickly to keep playoff hopes alive.
With them now seven points off the playoffs, its a longshot, but in a league where anything can happen, San Jose are still in with a shot.
San Jose Earthquakes’ 2015 record in MLS: P20 – W7 – D4 – L9
Portland come into the tie with no win in three and have stepped off the gas in recent weeks after an impressive run of form that propelled them into the playoff spots.
After a 1-0 win the reverse fixture last month, Portland will be looking for a repeat of that result to solidify their playoff position as the regular season end draws ever closer.
Portland Timbers’ 2015 record in MLS: P22 – W9 – D5 – L8
San Jose Earthquakes are without Innocent Emeghara, Steven Lenhart and Mike Fucito through injury. Clarence Goodson is a doubt with a leg injury. Chris Wondolowski returns after Gold Cup duty with the USMNT.
Portland Timbers will be missing Ben Zemanski who is still out with a serious knee injury. Fanendo Adi could return to the starting lineup after being benched in the 4-1 loss to Dallas.
San Jose Earthquakes’ last five: W/L/L/L/L
Portland Timbers’ last five: W/W/L/D/L
Key Stat: Portland have won the last three meetings in MLS between the two sides.
Key Player: Chris Wondolowski – ‘Wondo’ is back and extremely influential to the Earthquakes. Especially considering he has a total of nine goals so far this term.Embed from Getty Images
San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Portland Timbers – Both sides are without a win in three and we expect a tight game which neither will want to lose. Score draw seems most likely.