March 13, 2016: MLS Week 2

San Jose ‘Quakes 2-1 Portland Timbers

The Timbers lost a tough one to the ‘Quakes on a soggy pitch in San Jose. The obligatory Wondolowski goal poked in from two feet out followed up by an absolute zinger from Amarikwa put the home side up good and plenty, but lots of chances and a late goal from the Timbers made this an exciting one. The Timbers back line was mixed up a bit because of Ridgewell’s injury. Taylor shifted to the middle, and Valentin getting the start on left. Rookie Kip Colvey got the start as left back for the injured Shaun Francis.

  • Melano, whose facial hair is immaculately sculpted, maybe too sculpted, started off the match with two good opportunities early. One was a cross from Valentin which he headed just wide and the other a pass from Nagbe which he drilled from the right hand side of the box off of the cross bar. It looked like they were going to test Colvey early and often but Melano couldn’t make anything count.
  • A nice move from the left saw Valeri clear through but the ‘Quakes goalie made a nice save and pushed it just wide.
  • At the 30′ mark San Jose opened the scoring. Wondolowski poached a goal from about 3 yards out off of a cross by Godoy when he sprinted to the incoming ball and beat Taylor to the spot. Nothing to see here folks, just a classic Wondo toe poke.
  • Clarence Goodson, the 33 year old center back for the ‘Quakes, made a great sliding stop to save a probable goal from Adi.
  • Right before half the ‘Quakes’ Amarikwa scored what will definitely be in contention for goal of the week, maybe year. The Timbers’ keeper, Kwarasey, came out just a bit too far during the fast break, and got is still diving backwards to try to save this thing. From about 35 yards out Amarikwa put it inch-perfect on his long range chip/shot straight to the upper left corner. Sick shot, check it out:
  • Dairon Asprilla was especially useless (1 shot which was blocked, surprise, no successful crosses or dribbles, no key passes) and was subbed off for McInerney, which worked out quite well.  In the 89′ minute a wild cross was sent in from the right which was headed into Jack’s path by Borchers and he popped it past the keeper to give the Timbers a little bit of life.

In the end it was all too little too late for the Timbers and their perfect season through 1 match goes spoiled.