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How to Watch San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers: Lineups, odds, game thread

Run it back, we’re doing it all over again.

MLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose Earthquakes Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Full time: Quakes 1, Timbers 6. San Jose are totally outplayed in the end. Thanks for following along, here’s the full recap.


87th minute: Goal Timbers. Niezgoda now with the tally to make it 6-1.


85th minute: Goal Timbers. Julio Cascante gets the goal off a corner kick.


70th minute: Goal Timbers. Yimmi Chara scores again on the Earthquakes.


57th minute: Goal Timbers. Valeri scores again with his shot deflecting off Quakes players on the way in. Tough break.


44th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOL Quakes! Carlos Fierro opens his account to make it 2-1. Let’s go!


27th minute: Goal Timbers. Jeremy Ebobisse heads in Jorge Villafaña’s long cross and just like that, it’s a two-goal deficit for the Quakes.


25th minute: Goal Timbers. Diego Valeri scores a penalty after Shea Salinas handles the ball in the box. Another deficit for San Jose to dig out of.


Lineups:

San Jose rotate their lineup a lot for this one, with Tanner Beason slotting into central defense and Carlos Fierro and Eric Calvillo getting starts.

Portland also rotate a lot, with Diego Valeri and Jeremy Ebobisse from the start in this one, Yimmi Chara starts on the bench.


The San Jose Earthquakes will be playing on short rest after hosting the Portland Timbers on Wednesday, by ... hosting the Portland Timbers on Saturday at Earthquakes Stadium.

Yes, the teams are playing back-to-back and in the same venue, which is particularly unusual. These teams played to a 1-1 draw Wednesday, with Yimmi Chara opening the scoring for the Timbers before Vako tied up the game in the second half for the Quakes.

So we have a good sense of how these teams look since they just played each other. What’s the bigger picture? San Jose are at the bottom of the Western Conference, but the silver lining is they are only three points out of the final playoff spot. A win could make a world of difference for their playoff prospects, honest! Meanwhile, the Timbers themselves are only three points ahead of the Earthquakes in the standings, so they’ll want to get three points to solidify their postseason hopes.

Will the Quakes grab an elusive win? Or will they continue to take their lumps in the local phase of play in the MLS season? This is going to be a big game for the home side, and we can’t wait to see it.

Odds:

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Friday evening, San Jose are (+132) while Portland are (+180). The odds of a draw are (+265), so the bookmaker gives the Quakes a small edge, but this is a pretty close call.

How to Watch:

Saturday’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 7:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow.

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