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Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Match Preview

Sunday, September 07, 2014

 

Timbers are set to host San Jose for the first time all season. Photo Credit: frozenchipmunk via Compfight cc

The Portland Timbers look to capitalize on a favorable schedule as they continue to vie for the last playoff spot in Major League Soccer's Western Conference.

The fifth-place Timbers will face the eighth-place San Jose Earthquakes at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at Providence Park.

Here's what to watch for.

San Jose:

The Earthquakes’ strengths revolve around aerial duels, attacking set pieces, and crosses into the middle of the box. As a result, look for San Jose to often make attacking runs down the sideline, an area where Portland is defensively weak.

With an offensive style dedicated to the crossing ball, look for the Timbers to force the counterattack more often.

San Jose has scored seven goals off set pieces, counting for almost one-fourth of the team's goals (24 percent), according to http://www.whoscored.com

Sunday’s game is the first regular season match between the two teams. San Jose has won only one of their last seven games, scoring seven goals while conceding 13.

In terms of offense, emerging striker Tommy Thompson has shown promise in creating viable scoring chances, and we will see if a Tommy Thompson-Chris Wandolowski duo can spark a much-needed offensive showing. 

Statistics to keep in mind:

•    The Earthquakes concede twice as many shots to their opponents in away games (16).
•    Average possession is under 50 percent with a pass-succession rate of only 78 percent.

What to fear from San Jose:

Conceding the first goal.

It is hard to foresee a San Jose victory, primarily due to an aging backline, but San Jose has not lost an MLS game this season after taking a lead into halftime, according to figures from http://www.mlssoccer.com. 

Portland:

More playing time for forwards Fanendo Adi and Maximiliano Urruti.

If Head Coach Caleb Porter is predicating his next lineup on the previous game, expect to see Fanendo Adi in the starting forward position again. Adi has played fewer minutes than Maximiliano Urruti, yet scored more goals, according to the Timbers' website.

A strong offensive showing against the Vancouver Whitecaps should tempt Head Coach Caleb Porter into giving more playing time to Fanendo Adi and Maximiliano Urruti.

Portland has earned at least one point in five of its last seven games (4-2-1), while averaging two goals a game.

But it’s not Adi or Urruti who are solely making the difference; it's the passing interplay that leads to the forwards, starting with the backline.

The San Jose Earthquakes look to make one last playoff push. Photo Credit: The Bay Area Bias via Compfight cc

Emerging wingback Alvas Powell.

Powell scored his first MLS career goal against Vancouver last Saturday. Combine that with a strong showing against CONCACAF Champions League opponent Alpha United, a through ball from the midfield out to a streaking Powell should be a common sight.

And the man supplying those midfield through balls: Diego Valeri.

Valeri has nine assists on the season, and has registered a point in six of the last nine regular-season matches for the Timbers.

Of course, look for Adi to ultimately be on the receiving end. 

An established defensive line?

A backline anchored by Liam Ridgewell and Pa Modou Kah showed fans the best defensive performance of the season. Coming off that performance at Vancouver, look for a similar line given a week’s worth of rest between games.

Is it a definitive Portland defensive line?

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but this is an example of the benefits of CCL play. The Timbers have the ability to showcase talent that may have otherwise been left untested.

The San Jose match is the first of three meetings over the next five weeks.  

The Timbers should expect at least one point from each match as they try to extend their lead over Vancouver, which is standing just one point behind Portland.

 

Related Slideshow: 60 Most Dangerous Intersections in Oregon

In 2013, Oregon’s 60 most dangerous intersections generated nearly 3,400 accidents, resulting in 56 deaths and more than 1,800 injuries.  GoLocalPDX brings you a list of these intersections, showing you where to drive with the most caution.

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#60 Most Dangerous

OR-99 & turning leg to Garfield St. 

Medford, Jackson County

Total Crashes: 13

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 8
Property Damage: 4

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#59 Most Dangerous

OR-43 & SW Iowa St.

Portland, Multnomah County

Total Crashes: 12 

Fatalities:
Injuries: 9
Property Damage: 2

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#58 Most Dangerous

OR-219 & Everest Rd.

Newberg, Yamhill County

Total Crashes: 19

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 4
Property Damage: 14

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#57 Most Dangerous

I-405/Exit 2B

Portland, Multnomah County

Total Crashes: 14

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 9
Property Damage: 4

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#56 Most Dangerous

OR-8 & SW 187th Ave.

Aloha, Washington County

Total Crashes: 14

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 9
Property Damage: 4

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#55 Most Dangerous

US-20 & NE Seward Ave.

Bend, Deschutes County

Total Crashes: 16

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 8
Property Damage: 7

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#54 Most Dangerous

OR-126B & N 54th St.

Springfield, Lane County

Total Crashes: 16

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 8
Property Damage: 7

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#53 Most Dangerous

OR-99 & NW East St.

Grants Pass, Josephine County

Total Crashes: 17

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 8
Property Damage: 8

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#52 Most Dangerous

OR-99 & E Park St.

Grants Pass, Josephine County

Total Crashes: 20

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 9
Property Damage: 10

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#51 Most Dangerous

OR-99 & Richard Ave.

Eugene, Lane County

Total Crashes: 19

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 10
Property Damage: 8

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#50 Most Dangerous

OR-8 & SE 11th Ave.

Hillsboro, Washington County

Total Crashes: 18

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 11
Property Damage: 6

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#49 Most Dangerous

OR-213 & SE Center St.

Portland, Multnomah County

Total Crashes: 102

Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 53
Property Damage: 49

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#48 Most Dangerous

US-199 & Allen Creek

Grants Pass, Josephine County

Total Crashes: 19

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 11
Property Damage: 7

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#47 Most Dangerous

US-20 & 27th St.

Bend, Deschutes County

Total Crashes: 22

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 9
Property Damage: 12

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#46 Most Dangerous

OR-99EB/Mile Point 4.64-4.8

Salem, Marion County

Total Crashes: 20 

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 11
Property Damage: 8

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#45 Most Dangerous

OR-8 & SW 110th Ave.

Beaverton, Washington County

Total Crashes: 107

Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 50
Property Damage: 57

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#44 Most Dangerous

OR-213 & Mollala Ave.

Oregon City, Clackamas County

Total Crashes: 23

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 9
Property Damage: 13

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#43 Most Dangerous

OR-99W & N Deborah Rd.

Newberg, Yamhill County

Total Crashes: 22

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 10
Property Damage: 11

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#42 Most Dangerous

US-30BY & NE 72nd Ave.

Portland, Multnomah County

Total Crashes: 18 

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 14
Property Damage: 3

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#41 Most Dangerous

OR-99 & NE D St.

Grants Pass, Josephine County

Total Crashes: 22

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 12
Property Damage: 9

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#40 Most Dangerous

OR-62 & North Pacific Hallow/Mile Point 0.05-0.14

Medford, Jackson County

Total Crashes: 22

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 13
Property Damage: 8

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#39 Most Dangerous

I-84 & NE 33rd Ave. Exit

Portland, Multnomah County

Total Crashes: 25

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 11
Property Damage: 13

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#38 Most Dangerous

OR-8 & Yew St.

Forest Grove, Washington County

Total Crashes: 21

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 15
Property Damage: 5

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#37 Most Dangerous

OR-99E & Hull Ave.

Lake Oswego, Clackamas County

Total Crashes: 20

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 16
Property Damage: 3

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#36 Most Dangerous

OR-42 & SW Carnes Rd.

Roseburg, Douglas County

Total Crashes: 25

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 12
Property Damage: 12

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#35 Most Dangerous

US-26 & SE 362nd Ave.

Sandy, Clackamas County

Total Crashes: 25

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 13
Property Damage: 11

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#34 Most Dangerous

US-26 & LEG (To Ruben Ln.)/Mile Point 23.35-23.52

Sandy, Clackamas County

Total Crashes: 22

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 16
Property Damage: 5

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#33 Most Dangerous

I-84 & Irving St. Exit/Mile Point 1.15-1.44

Portland, Multnomah County

Total Crashes: 104

Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 60
Property Damage: 44

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#32 Most Dangerous

OR-213 & SE Boyer Dr.

Milwaukie, Clackamas County

Total Crashes: 23

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 16
Property Damage: 6

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#31 Most Dangerous

US-26 & SE 70th Ave.

Portland, Multnomah County

Total Crashes: 27

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 13
Property Damage: 13

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#30 Most Dangerous

OR-62 & Merry Lane

Medford, Jackson County

Total Crashes: 25

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 17
Property Damage: 7

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#29 Most Dangerous

I-5 Near Exit 302A/Mile Point 302.76-302.95

Portland, Multnomah County

Total Crashes: 34

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 19
Property Damage: 14

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#28 Most Dangerous

US-20 & SE Fulton St.

Albany, Linn County

Total Crashes: 37

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 20
Property Damage: 16

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#27 Most Dangerous

OR-62 & Delta Waters Rd.

Medford, Jackson County

Total Crashes: 42

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 17
Property Damage: 24

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#26 Most Dangerous

OR-99W & Warner Ave.

Tigard, Washington County

Total Crashes: 117 

Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 70
Property Damage: 47

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#25 Most Dangerous

US-26 & SE 170th Ave.

Portland, Multnomah County

Total Crashes: 118

Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 73
Property Damage: 45

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#24 Most Dangerous

OR-22 & LEG (From Airport Rd.)

Salem, Marion County

Total Crashes: 52

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 22
Property Damage: 29

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#23 Most Dangerous

I-5 Near Exit 302A/Mile Point 302.52-302.76

Portland, Multnomah County

Total Crashes: 140 

Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 65
Property Damage: 75

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#22 Most Dangerous

US-30BY & N Greenwich Ave.

Portland, Multnomah County

Total Crashes: 56

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 28
Property Damage: 27

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#21 Most Dangerous

US-26/Mile Point 72.74-73.07

Portland, Multnomah County

Total Crashes: 156

Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 70
Property Damage: 86

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#20 Most Dangerous

OR-213 & SE Orchard Lane

Southgate, Clackamas County

Total Crashes: 141 

Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 85
Property Damage: 56

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#19 Most Dangerous

OR-213 & SE Insley St.

Portland, Multnomah County

Total Crashes: 70

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 33
Property Damage: 36

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#18 Most Dangerous

I-5/Mile Point 300.19-300.51

Portland, Multnomah County

Total Crashes: 155

Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 77
Property Damage: 78

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#17 Most Dangerous

OR-22 & SE Hawthorne Ave.

Salem, Marion County

Total Crashes: 76

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 35
Property Damage: 40

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#16 Most Dangerous

OR-213 & SE Causey Ave.

Happy Valley, Clackamas County

Total Crashes: 80 

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 41
Property Damage: 38

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#15 Most Dangerous

OR-99E & Dunes Dr.

Oregon City, Clackamas County

Total Crashes: 82

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 44
Property Damage: 37

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#14 Most Dangerous

US-26 & SE 38th Ave.

Portland, Multnomah

Total Crashes: 81 

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 46
Property Damage: 34

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#13 Most Dangerous

OR-211 Near OR-213 Merge

Molalla, Clackamas County

Total Crashes: 3

Fatalities: 2
Injuries: 0
Property Damage: 1

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#12 Most Dangerous

US-26 Near US-197 Merge

Madras, Jefferson County

Total Crashes: 4

Fatalities: 2
Injuries: 1
Property Damage: 1

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#11 Most Dangerous

OR-58/Mile Point 14.41-14.54

Lowell, Lane County

Total Crashes: 6

Fatalities: 2
Injuries: 0
Property Damage: 4

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#10 Most Dangerous

OR-18 & SW Caleb Payne Rd.

McMinnville, Yamhill County

Total Crashes: 6

Fatalities: 2
Injuries: 1
Property Damage: 3

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#9 Most Dangerous

OR-11 & Ferndale Rd.

Milton-Freewater, Umatilla County

Total Crashes: 5

Fatalities: 2
Injuries: 2
Property Damage: 1

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#8 Most Dangerous

OR-223 & Rickreal Rd. Exit

Dallas, Polk County

Total Crashes: 5

Fatalities: 2
Injuries: 3
Property Damage: 0

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#7 Most Dangerous

US-97 & Rosland Rd.

La Pine, Deschutes County

Total Crashes: 9

Fatalities: 2
Injuries: 4
Property Damage: 3

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#6 Most Dangerous

OR-213 & LEG (From Beavercreek Rd.)/Mile Point 2.89-3.08

Oregon City, Clackamas County

Total Crashes: 92

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 51
Property Damage: 40

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#5 Most Dangerous

I-5 & US-30

Portland, Multnomah County

Total Crashes: 181

Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 89
Property Damage: 92

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#4 Most Dangerous

OR-212 & I-205/Mile Point 4.92Z-5.18Z

Johnson City, Clackamas County

Total Crashes: 98

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 57
Property Damage: 40

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#3 Most Dangerous

US-26 & SE 28th Ave.

Portland, Multnomah County

Total Crashes: 111

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 56
Property Damage: 54

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#2 Most Dangerous

OR-213 & SE Taggart

Portland, Multnomah County

Total Crashes: 177 

Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 109
Property Damage: 67

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#1 Most Dangerous

US-26 & I-405

Portland, Multnomah County

Total Crashes: 381

Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 213
Property Damage: 168

 
 

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