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MLS Preview: San Jose Earthquakes - Portland Timbers

MLS Preview: San Jose Earthquakes - Portland Timbers

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The Western Conference sides meet for the final time this season after playing consecutive matches back in April.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
San Jose Earthquakes (4-4-2): Busch; Beitashour, Bernardez, Hernandez, Morrow; Salinas, Cronin, Baca, Martinez; Jahn, Lenhart.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: Nana Attakora (concussion related symptoms), Mike Fucito (R ankle fracture), Ty Harden (R hip surgery)

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
Portland Timbers (4-3-3): Ricketts; Harrington, Kah, Jean-Baptiste, Jewsbury; Chara, W. Johnson, Valeri; Nagbe, R. Johnson, Wallace.

Injury Report:

OUT: Brent Richards (ACL surgery), Bright Dike (ACL surgery), Mikael Silvestre (ACL surgery), Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (concussion), David Horst (R tibia plateau surgery)

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • These teams played back-to-back games in April, with the Timbers winning the first meeting 1-0 on April 14 before the clubs played to a 1-1 draw on April 22.
  • The Earthquakes are hit hard by the Gold Cup final, as forwards Chris Wondolowski and Alan Gordon and newly signed center back Clarence Goodson are all representing the USA through Sunday's title game against Panama.
  • San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch is second in MLS in saves this season, with 73, trailing FC Dallas' Raul Fernandez by just two.
  • With a win and a Real Salt Lake loss to New York, Portland could pull even atop the Western Conference standings.
  • The Timbers topped Norwich City 1-0 in a friendly Wednesday night, with Jose Valencia scoring the lone goal.
  • Portland remains unbeaten away from home this season, sporting a 2-0-8 MLS record outside of Jeld-Wen Field.
  • Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts has posted nine shutouts this season, tied for most in the league with New England's Bobby Shuttleworth.

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Available Squads
18Jon BuschGoalkeeper
2Justin MorrowDefender
5V. BernárdezDefender
33Steven BeitashourDefender
5Jordan StewartMidfielder
4Sam CroninMidfielder
-Rafael BacaMidfielder
-Marvin ChávezMidfielder
6Abdul TommyMidfielder
6Shea SalinasMidfielder
14Adam JahnStriker
16Steven LenhartStriker
-David BinghamGoalkeeper
33Dan GarganDefender
-Ramiro CorralesDefender
14Mehdi BallouchyMidfielder
17Sam GarzaStriker
7Cordell CatoStriker
19Marcus TracyStriker
1Donovan RickettsGoalkeeper
5Michael HarringtonDefender
16Andrew-Jean BaptisteDefender
44Pa-Modou KahDefender
4Will JohnsonStriker
8Diego ValeriMidfielder
13Jack JewsburyDefender
14Ben ZemanskiMidfielder
6Darlington NagbeStriker
22Rodney WallaceDefender
-Ryan JohnsonDefender
-Milos KocicGoalkeeper
-Ryan MillerDefender
31Rauwshan McKenzieDefender
11Salvatore ZizzoMidfielder
11Kalif AlhassanMidfielder
39Frédéric PiquionneStriker
-A. ValenciaStriker

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