One game in 100 words: Eleven straight matches without a win shows that a team just isn’t clicking, and that reason, among many others, can be applied to the San Jose Earthquakes. After capturing a early lead, San Jose gave their advantage up within a matter of minutes, with two goals tallied by Rodney Wallace in the 71st and 74th minute. While Portland held the majority of possession, both squads totaled nearly the same amount of shots on target (Portland 5, San Jose 6), but once again, it’s the conversion aspect of striking for goal that matters most. Sitting in sixth place, the Timbers are only one point behind the Vancouver Whitecaps in the final playoff spot in the West. Fourteen points away from a playoff position, San Jose will likely miss the postseason.
San Jose: Chris Wondolowski 56’
Portland: Rodney Wallace 71’, 74’
Three moments that mattered
56’ — Who else but Chris Wondolowski — It’s no surprise that Chris Wondolowski, who now has 14 goals on the MLS season, tallied San Jose’s lone goal of the night. Wondo won an aerial battle next to the five-yard box, and smacked a header that forced goalkeeper Jon Busch into a diving save. The Earthquakes’ Designated Player followed up his effort with his vintage tap-in finish.
71’ — Rodney Wallace brings it level — When you thought the San Jose Earthquakes could simply draw the game out to a 1-0 victory, Rodney Wallace scores the equalizer, and he did so magnificently. Wallace gathered the ball and appeared to be advancing the ball out of the penalty area before he quickly turned to rocket a left-footer that soared into the top corner of the net.
74’ — Ridgewell’s header deflected by Wallace — Jon Busch knew he had no chance of saving this endeavor, as he threw his hands up in the air in disbelief after the Timbers converted from the corner kick. Liam Ridgewell banged a header from the set-piece ball, and somehow, it took a deflection off Rodney Wallace’s body and then soared into the upper right hand corner of the goal.
San Jose: Jon Busch; Pablo Pintos, Victor Bernardez, Jason Hernandez, Jordan Stewart; Cordell Cato (Tommy Thompson 88′), Sam Cronin, Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi (Atiba Harris 82’), Shea Salinas (Yannick Djalo 67’); Matias Perez Garcia, Chris Wondolowski
Portland: Donovan Ricketts; Alvas Powell, Pa Modou Kah, Liam Ridgewell, Jorge Villafana; Ben Zemanski, Diego Chara, Rodney Wallace; Gaston Fernandez (Jack Jewsbury 82’), Fanendo Adi (Maximiliano Urruti 87′), Darlington Nagbe (Michael Harrington 90′)