The Timbers need a win in the last match of the season to avoid relegation . . . okay, not really, but they would certainly like a win tonight to ease the pain of a remarkably bad season, and to end it on a two game winning streak.
That’s crazy talk though, right? San Jose is top of the table and has the league’s leading scorer on the roster (who based on pre-match hype the league and NBC Sports would like to see tie or surpass the all-time league record of 27 goals this afternoon), Portland is near bottom of the table and the team is, frankly, just not very good. But San Jose has earned only one point against Portland this season. In July at home Portland beat San Jose 2-1, and last month the teams played to a 2-2 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium. Portland playing with pride against an opponent taking them too lightly can occasionally get a good result.
Match previews and intrigue
- Timbers Versus Earthquakes: Closing Time by Brenaldo at Timberlandia
- the long and winding road ends tomorrow… at The Axe
- Portland Timbers look for second straight win to end season by Geoffrey C. Arnold at The Oregonian
- Rookie centerback Andrew Jean-Baptiste likely to start in Timbers’ game against San Jose by Geoffrey C. Arnold at The Oregonian
- Timbers: “We’re not going to let Wondo break this record” by Dan Itel at the PortlandTimbers.com