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Earthquakes Topple Defending MLS Cup Champion Portland Timbers 2-1

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes closed their season-opening, two-game home stand with a 2-1 victory over the defending MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers on Sunday evening at Avaya Stadium. Forwards Chris Wondolowski and Quincy Amarikwa tallied first-half goals and the Quakes defense pitched a shutout for more than 88 minutes in the victory. San Jose is one of three teams in Major League Soccer to win each of its first two matches, after defeating the Colorado Rapids 1-0 in their season opener last weekend. The Quakes also opened the season 2-0-0 for the first time in club history.

The Earthquakes continue to play well against the league’s top teams, improving to 6-3-2 in games against the reigning champions since 2012, including a 2-1-0 record last season. San Jose is also now 9-3-5 at Avaya Stadium, allowing just 10 goals in those 17 matches (0.59 goals per game average).

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The Quakes made several changes to the starting XI that defeated the Rapids a week prior. Defender Kip Colvey earned his first career MLS start and midfielder Fatai Alashe, last season’s MLS Rookie of the Year runner-up, returned to the lineup for the first time since having offseason surgery. Alashe anchored San Jose’s midfield alongside Anibal Godoy, who has led the Earthquakes to an 8-1-3 record in his 12 starts since joining the club last year.

Portland nearly opened the scoring in the sixth minute when midfielder Lucas Melano took a hard shot from inside the box that hit the crossbar and caromed across the front of the goal before being cleared to safety.

San Jose took the lead in the 30th minute. Colvey connected on a pass to Godoy who one-timed it across the box to Wondolowski. The Quakes captain slipped it past Timbers goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey for his second goal in as many games. It marked Wondolowski’s 111th career goal and 107th with San Jose. He has now scored seven goals against Portland, second most against the club in MLS history, and four in the last four meetings. With the goal, the Quakes have now scored at least once in each of their past 15 matches dating back to August 8, 2015, the longest active streak in Major League Soccer.

In the 39th minute, the Timbers almost tied the game when forward Fanendo Adi set up a one-on-one with San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham. Quakes defender Clarence Goodson sprinted half the length of the field before sliding and blocking Adi’s shot out of bounds.

San Jose widened the lead to 2-0 as the half was coming to a close. One minute into first-half stoppage time, Amarikwa dribbled past several defenders before chipping the ball from 35 yards out over Kwarasey and into the top-left corner of the net. The goal was Amarikwa’s seventh with the Earthquakes since joining the club last June and his first on home turf. His long-range strike gave San Jose their first multi-goal game at Avaya Stadium since May 16, 2015.

The Timbers got a goal back in the 89th minute. Defender Jermaine Taylor crossed the ball to Nat Borchers who connected with a header to Jack McInerney in front of the net. McInerney got a foot on the ball, chipping it over Bingham’s head.

San Jose hits the road for the first time this season to face the LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center on Saturday, March 19. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on CSN California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.

MLS Regular Season
San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Portland Timbers
March 13, 2016 – Avaya Stadium

Scoring Summary: SJ – Chris Wondolowski (Anibal Godoy, Kip Colvey) 30; Quincy Amarikwa (unassisted) 45+1.

Misconduct Summary: SJ – Victor Bernardez (caution) 64; SJ – David Bingham (caution) 90+1.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: David Bingham; Kip Colvey, Clarence Goodson, Victor Bernardez, Marvell Wynne; Simon Dawkins (Shea Salinas 87), Anibal Godoy, Fatai Alashe (Tommy Thomson 71), Alberto Quintero (Matheus Silva 87); Chris Wondolowski, Quincy Amarikwa.

SHOTS: 8; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; SAVES: 1; FOULS: 15; CORNER KICKS: 4; OFFSIDES: 2.

PORTLAND TIMBERS: Adam Kwarasey; Nat Borchers, Zarek Valentin (Ned Grabavoy 81), Jermaine Taylor, Alvas Powell; Diego Chara, Diego Valeri, Darlington Nagbe, Lucas Melano, Dairon Asprilla (Jack McInerney 64); Fanendo Adi.

SHOTS: 16; SHOTS ON GOAL: 2; SAVES: 2; FOULS: 16; CORNER KICKS: 8; OFFSIDES: 2.

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