San Jose Earthquakes Look to Rebound Against Portland Timbers Despite Injury Proneness

San Jose Earthquakes

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Despite all of the injuries that the San Jose Earthquakes have been dealing with, they are still trying to win games and see if they have a chance to make the playoffs.  With teams like the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy having been on fire lately and currently sitting atop the Western Conference standings, the Earthquakes could potentially still have what it takes, if they could just win some of these games and get some injured players back.

The biggest news out of San Jose with the announcement of all of the international call-ups was that Tommy Thompson had chosen to stay with the Earthquakes instead of taking his place with the US Men’s National Team under 20’s.  He has definitely been one of the players who has gotten noticed recently as a member of the senior team.  Head Coach Mark Watson has also said that Thompson would continue to be in the starting 18 for the Earthquakes until the players who are injured come back.

This game against the Portland Timbers is one of the games they would need to win to have any chance at making the postseason this year.  The last match between these two teams saw the Earthquakes score twice in the second half to win in front of a sold-out crowd at Buck Shaw Stadium.  This would be the second win for the Earthquakes against the Timbers, and have a current head-to-head record of 1-2-5 currently.  This match will see the two teams face off, this time at Providence Park and will be missing players Clarence Goodson and Matias Perez Garcia for another week, but could see Yannick Djalo and Steven Lenhart back for the first time in a few weeks.  Lenhart and Djalo are listed as questionable on this week’s injury report.

However, the Timbers will not see any players missing from this game due to injury or suspension.  The Timbers are coming off of a resounding 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on the road and that win allowed them to jump into the thick of the playoff race in the fifth position with a total of 8 wins, 8 losses, and 10 draws for the season.  Can the Earthquakes keep the Timbers on ice and surge into their own race for the playoffs, or will the Timbers find the will to win and surge closer to the Sounders who are in first place currently?

Jasmine Stefanik is a writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. Follow her on Twitter @TrueUnionFan1, and like her page on Facebook

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