Monteiro’s brace the difference in Earthquakes 3-2 win over Timbers

San Jose Earthquakes captain Jackson Yueill celebrates his second goal of the season after beating Portland Timbers goalie Aljaz Ivacic with a header in the first half at Pay Pal Park on Wed May 18, 2022 (Tony Avelar, Oregon Live)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE — Jamiro Monteiro has been a shooting star in the South Bay.

The San Jose Earthquakes midfielder scored his first brace in helping his team defeat the Portland Timbers 3-2 on Wednesday evening at Pay Pal Park.

Monteiro’s second goal of the match proved to be the game winning goal in the 80th minute. A centering cross by Cristian Espinoza pinballed off Jeremy Ebobisse and a Timbers defender inside the box before finding a wide-open Monteiro whose sliding kick into an empty net that sent the Quakes faithful into a frenzy.

“From my first game, my first training, I was really connecting [with his teammates]. I was talking with the guys. But now I feel like it’s getting better and better. Today, I think we could have done more, we could have scored more goals. It didn’t happen but we have another game Sunday and I hope we do that on Sunday,” Monteiro said.

San Jose is unbeaten in its past three matches. Portland is 1-1-1 in its past three matches after coming off a dominant 7-2 win over Sporting Kansas City.

San Jose is now 5-1-1 in all competitions under interim head coach Alex Covelo, including a 3-1-1 record in MLS play.

Portland (3-5-6) drew first blood in the 18th minute off a set piece. Marvin Loría’s corner kick was finished off by an unmarked Christhian Paredes, who got past Paul Marie on the play, headed the ball top shelf over Quakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski for his second goal of the season.

San Jose (4-5-4) answered back in the 31st minute. Ebobisse possessed the ball outside the box along the left wing. Ebobisse did a pirouette before crossing the ball into the middle of the box where Jackson Yeuill sent a diving header past Timber’s goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic for his second goal of the season in the 31st minute.

The Earthquakes gained their first lead of the match just before halftime. Cade Cowell utilized his speed on a three-on-one counterattack. Cowell fed a pass over to the left to Jamiro Monteiro who beat Ivacic with a right footed shot the bottom right corner of the net for his first goal of the match in the 44th minute.

“Well, Jamiro (Monteiro) is a player with a lot of quality and that’s why we need him in those areas, to turn and try to combine and be dangerous. It’s fun to see him play. At the beginning of the game, he was a little bit defensive, and we were not able to find him in spaces that we wanted. But at the end of the first half and in the second half, he was amazing. That’s why he scored those goals,” Quakes interim head coach Alex Covelo said.

Portland responded back in the 56th minute on another set piece. Bill Tulioma was able to get inside position in the middle of box when he headed in Eryk Williamson’s corner kick for his team leading fourth goal of the season.

Marcinkowski finished the match with three saves on five shots on target to earn his fourth victory of the season. Ivacic had one save on four shots on target in the losing effort.

Shea Salinas made his season debut for San Jose as a substitution for Espinoza in the 88th minute.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished with six corner kicks. Portland had four.

San Jose is now 6-15-9 all-time vs. Portland in MLS play, including a 6-4-5 record at home.

The Quakes have now scored 22 goals this season, fifth most in MLS, including at least three goals in three of their last five matches and five of their 12 regular season matches to date. San Jose is the only team in MLS with 3+ goals in five separate matches this season.

Nine of San Jose’s 13 points so far this season have come from matches in which they conceded the first goal (two wins, three draws).

San Jose has won three consecutive regular season home matches and four consecutive home matches in all competitions.

The Timbers had its seven straight unbeaten streak snapped against the Quakes (W5 D2) dating back to 2019. This ties the longest unbeaten run by either team against the other in MLS play with Portland also going unbeaten in the first seven meetings (W2 D5) from 2011 to April 2013.

San Jose has lost only one of its last six matches (W3 D2), including a 3-3 draw this past Saturday. It was the seventh time since the start of last season that the Earthquakes both scored and conceded at least three goals in the same match. No other MLS team has done so more than four times in that span.

UP NEXT: San Jose hosts Sporting KC on Sunday 5/22 at 4:30pm at Pay Pal Park.

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