San Jose roll with the same XI as last game, aside from Oswaldo Alanís replacing the suspended Florian Jungwirth.
Portland go with a pretty strong XI, although Jeremy Ebobisse starts this one on the bench.
The Quakes won 3-0 on Wednesday over the Vancouver Whitecaps, their good vibes extending beyond back-to-back wins over the Los Angeles teams. Now comes a very good test in the Timbers, the 2nd place team in the Western Conference, who comprehensively beat San Jose, 6-1, when these teams met way back on Sept. 19.
After starting the local return to play phase shaky themselves, Portland have won their last four games and seem to be finding a rhythm. Between the Chara brothers and Diego Valeri getting hot, this is a team that is feeling good. But so are the Earthquakes, and if San Jose can maintain their intensity and mental strength until the final whistle, they could spring a surprise on a Timbers side that doesn’t look invincible yet.
So this should be a good one. Will the Quakes keep rolling or will they hit a roadblock? We’ll see as this is a very big measuring stick for this point in their season.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Saturday night, San Jose are (+410) while Portland are (-162). The odds of a draw are (+300), so the bookmaker is making the Quakes huge underdogs. I know the last meeting between these teams was lopsided, but I guess the oddsmakers do not believe this time in San Jose.
How to Watch:
Sunday’s match between the Quakes and Timbers will be televised locally on NBC Sports California, and in the rest of the United States on ESPN+. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 7 pm PT with kickoff to follow.
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