MLS Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, April 14, 2013
(All times Eastern)
San Jose (2-2-2) at Portland (1-1-3), 10:30 p.m.
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - After earning their much-needed first win of
the season, the Portland Timbers will look to keep the positive momentum
flowing when they tangle with the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday at JELD-WEN
The Timbers scuffled through their first four matches, but finally put it
together last Saturday in a comfortable 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo.
Portland was dealt some bad injury news in the first half as Designated
Player Diego Valeri and defender David Horst both had to come out of the
match, but the home side hung tough and took control of the match in the
Ryan Johnson broke the deadlock for Portland in the 55th minute when he nodded
home a cross from Diego Chara and put the result away in the 73rd after
collected a through ball from Darlington Nagbe and ripping it into the top
right corner to send the home crowd of over 20,000 home happy.
"It feels good winning our first of hopefully many," Portland head coach Caleb
Porter said. "(I am) proud of the guys. They had a bit of adversity in the
first half, but as the half went on, we just got rolling. The guys that came
into that game did a great job."
Horst had surgery to repair a fracture in his right leg during the week and
will be out six months, while Valeri's status for Sunday is still in question.
San Jose, meanwhile, is coming off a 1-1 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium against the
Vancouver Whitecaps last time out.
Reigning Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski got the hosts off to a flying
start in the 16th minute when he blasted one into the top right corner for his
third goal of the young season.
But Vancouver equalized in the 62nd minute through Corey Hertzog, but not
without a little controversy.
Hertzog, who was making his first start of the season, pounced on a deflected
shot by Daigo Kobayashi and ripped it past San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch from
about nine yards out.
But San Jose was fuming after the goal because referee Fotis Bazakos would not
allow Victor Bernardez and Alan Gordon back onto the pitch after both players
went off to change their footwear.
San Jose will be hoping to put an end to a modest two-match winless run on
Sunday, but will do so without defender Steven Beitashour, who continues to
recover from sports hernia surgery, while Medhi Ballouchy and Tommy Muller
will also be out.
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