Quakes Offense Rumples For Three Goals in Win Over Portland

May 6, 2017

MLS, San Jose Earthquakes

San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski, top, celebrates after scoring with teammate Florian Jungwirth (23) during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the Portland Timbers Saturday, May 6, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

By: Joe Lami

SAN JOSE, Calif.—The San Jose Earthquakes remain undefeated at home after their best performance of the season with a 3-nil win over their rival, Portland. The Timbers came into the contest the top scoring team in MLS, scoring 20 goals in just nine games played, but a beautiful effort by San Jose handed them their second shutout this season.

Coming into the contest, the Quakes scoring had been silent, scoring just nine goals through the first nine games of the season, but it awoke on Saturday night. In the eighth minute, the offense got going and wouldn’t be stopped. A mad scramble in the box found the foot of Jahmir Hyka for his second goal of the season. Chris Wondolowski picked up his fifth assist on the score, putting him second in MLS on the year.

Wondolowski’s night would just be getting started though, as he would find the bottom right corner of the net off with his right foot at the top of the box in the 31st minute. Florian Jungworth dished it beautifully to Wondolowski setting up the goal, marking his first in MLS since his transfer from Germany.

The night wouldn’t be over though, as Jungworth found Wondolowski again in the 55th minute, as Wondolowski was able to chip it past the keeper for the 3-0 lead. Wondolowski’s two tallies push his season total to four and could be a great kick in the pants to get his season back to expectations. 

The Timbers pushed late in the second half to get something past Quakes’ keeper David Bingham, but he stood strong, saving everything sent his way.

“As it was getting late in the game, let’s get more than greedy and get the shutout, but it’s going to take a little bit more since they started pressing a lot of guys forward. Our guys were doing a good job defending the box and [David] Bingham came up with some big saves. I’m really happy with the performance tonight,” said Quakes head coach, Dominic Kinnear.

The victory is an important one for the Quakes season, as it shows that they can soundly knock off one of the toughest teams in MLS at home. The Quakes will continue their long homestead with the top team in MLS Sporting KC rolling into town in two weeks.


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