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May 16, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
San Jose Earthquakes News Release

San Jose Earthquakes battle the Portland Timbers
San Jose Earthquakes battle the Portland Timbers
(San Jose Earthquakes)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The San Jose Earthquakes fell to the Portland Timbers 4-2 on Wednesday night in front of 19,113 fans at Providence Park, snapping their four-game unbeaten streak in all competitions.

Amahl Pellegrino opened the scoring for San Jose in the 31st minute with a header off a rebound from a Cristian Espinoza corner kick to score his fourth goal of the season and third in as many games. Just three minutes later, Hernán López picked Larrys Mabiala’s pocket near midfield and chipped Portland goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau from long range to double the Quakes’ advantage.

Early in the second half, López almost made it a brace when he curled an attempt from well behind the box that just bounced off the crossbar. However, in the 72nd minute, the entire complexion of the game changed when Quakes defender Bruno Wilson was called for a hand ball after preventing a shot from crossing the goal line. After a video review, he was shown a red card. Evander converted the subsequent penalty kick and the Timbers cut the lead in half.

Down to 10 men, the Quakes tried valiantly to hold the lead but in the 80th minute, Jonathan “Cabecita” Rodriguez drew the hosts level when he crept into the edge of the box and found the back of the net. Toward the end of regulation, San Jose goalkeeper William Yarbrough was given a yellow card due to a collision in the box after another lengthy video review. Felipe Mora was awarded another penalty kick and converted Portland’s second goal from the spot for the go-ahead goal in the 90th minute.

San Jose would press forward in hopes of salvaging a point, and in the 10th minute of stoppage time, the Quakes appealed for a hand ball in the box for a chance to equalize via a penalty kick of their own. However, no video review was ultimately given as the Timbers immediately scored in transition via Rodriguez’s second of the night to close the match.

The Quakes return home against Orlando City SC on Saturday, May 18. Kickoff from PayPal Park is set for 7:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast globally on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, as well as on local radio via AM 810 The Spread (English) and AM 1370 La Kaliente (Spanish).


The loss snapped San Jose’s three-game unbeaten streak in MLS play and four-game streak in all competitions.

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