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Preview: Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes


This match was originally slated for the last week of August but was postponed because of the MLS player strike in reaction to the Jacob Blake shooting.


San Jose were also coming off an impressive MLS is Back tournament, scoring loads of goals and advancing to the quarterfinals before being bested by a strong Minnesota United team.


San Jose has not won since their Round of 16 match at the MLS is Back Tournament against Real Salt Lake and have allowed 16 goals.


Sometimes they were punished by the ball-carrier who had beaten his man and other times a defender stepped to the free Sounders player, leaving a runner unmarked.


San Jose’s defense has been responsible for some lop-sided score lines since the return to home markets, but they looked much better in their most recent match against the LA Galaxy.


San Jose is vulnerable in transition and both Valeri and Williamson have the ability to beat their man and play an attacker through into space.






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