Timbers' Rally Falls Short in San Jose
San Jose, CA -
By a final score of 2-1, the San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Portland Timbers for the first time in MLS history Saturday night in front of a home crowd at Buck Shaw Stadium. An extra-man advantage and three straight corner-kick attempts in extra time proved not enough for the Timbers
to complete the comeback, resulting in the squad's second loss in four games.
After a goal-free first half, the scoring began in the 55th minute when San Jose's Victor Bernardez converted a penalty kick to put the Earthquakes up 1-0.
Three minutes later, Steven Lenhart would beat the Timbers defense to extend the lead to 2-0 for San Jose.
Listen to Lenhart's goal
Darlington Nagbe did his part to try to bring the Timbers back, scoring a goal in the 83rd minute to cut Portland's deficit to one.
Portland would get an extra advantage after the Earthquakes' Marvin Chavez was flagged for a red card in the 85th minute, but were unable to convert the opportunity into an equalizing goal before the referee's final whistle blew.
The Timbers' record now falls to 8-3-10, and the team will return to action on August 3rd in a Cascadia rivalry match against the Vancouver Whitecaps at JELD-WEN Field.