San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers – San Jose Mercury News
EARTHQUAKES AT PORTLAND TIMBERS
KICKOFF: 8 p.m. Sunday.
TV/RADIO: ESPN2/1590 KLIV.
EARTHQUAKES UPDATE: The demanding month of July gets going in earnest for San Jose (7-5-4, 25 points). The Quakes have four Major League Soccer games — three away — as well as two big home games against Manchester United and Mexico’s Club America. They won’t have Chris Wondolowski, whose nine goals are second best in the league. Wondo has joined the U.S. team for the month for the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament. … Midfielder Cordell Cato also will depart soon to join Trinidad and Tobago. … But for Sunday, San Jose has lost right-side midfielder Sanna Nyassi, who is suspended because of yellow cards. Wondolowski and Nyassi are the only Quakes players who have scored multiple goals this season. … The Earthquakes (2-1-2 in the past five MLS games) have never won in Portland. It’s going to take another big effort from attacking midfielder Matias Perez Garcia, who has a team-leading six assists. “He has shown what he can do,” midfielder Tommy Thompson said. “It’s difficult to lose any international (player), but our team has a lot of depth and I think it will show in the coming games.”
TIMBERS UPDATE: The Earthquakes are facing another red-hot team in Portland (8-4-6, 28 points). Caleb Porter’s club has won five of six MLS games and has surged to near the top of the Western Division. The one slip came in a 5-0 defeat at Los Angeles, but the Timbers didn’t have trusty midfielder Will Johnson. The Canadian central midfielder is available Sunday. … Nigerian designated player Fanendo Adi has eight goals this season, including four in the past two MLS games. … The Timbers are almost at full strength with the exception of midfielder Ben Zemanski and Colombian forward Dairon Asprilla, who is nursing an ankle sprain.
— ELLIOTT ALMOND