Quakes down early; Valeri hits back of the net for Timbers as Portland ends winless streak

June 3, 2017

MLS, San Jose Earthquakes

~ Photo credit: San Jose Earthquakes

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ Diego Valeri scored twice Friday as the Portland Timbers ended their longest winless streak of the season with a 2-0 win over San Jose Friday.

All the Timers really needed was Valeri’s 50th minute goal, as the Quakes became shorthanded in the 37th minute.

Darwin Ceren was ejected after receiving his first yellow in the 36th minute.

Portland took advantage, making no substitutions during the game, outshooting San Jose 22-6 and had double the possession time.

The only Quake to have more than one shot in the game was Tommy Thompson, who produced the team’s only shot on goal.

Valeri scored again in the 94th minute.

It was Portland’s most goals since April 29. They had gone five games without a win, which started when San Jose shut them out 3-0. The Timbers last had a clean sheet March 12.

Game notes: Zarek Valentin had the assist on Valeri’s first goal. San Jose keeper David Bingham was forced to make a season-high six saves. The Quakes, who suffered another two goal loss, are still winless at Portland all time (0-7-3). San Jose next plays Sporting Kansas City June 17th at 6pm.

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