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Timbers Earn 6-1 Road Win over San Jose Earthquakes

September 20, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Portland Timbers News Release

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Portland Timbers earned a 6-1 road win over the San Jose Earthquakes at Earthquakes Stadium on Saturday night. The six goals registered by the Timbers set a new MLS regular-season single-game club record, while five different players scored in the win for Portland.

New Club Record For Goals Scored

The six goals scored in the win over the Earthquakes set a new single-game club record in MLS regular-season play. The five-goal margin of victory is tied for the largest by the Timbers in an MLS regular-season match, with it last taking place in a 5-0 victory at Chivas USA on Oct. 26, 2013. Since the club's founding in 1975, it is the sixth time the Timbers have scored six goals in a competitive match. Portland did it four times as a USL club and once in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Strong Performances

Five different players scored a goal for the Timbers, which is also a new team record. Diego Valeri tallied two goals and an assist, while Jeremy Ebobisse tallied his fifth goal in his seventh regular-season start in 2020. Yimmi Chara tallied a goal for a second consecutive match, while Diego Chara tallied two assists in the win. Notably, Jaroslaw Niezgoda nabbed his fourth goal across all competitions in 2020, while Julio Cascante recorded his first goal in regular-season play for the Timbers off a set-piece header.

Timbers Debut

Goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic made his first career appearance for the Timbers, starting and logging three saves in the win over the Earthquakes.

Timbers Against San Jose

Tonight's match marked the 25th regular-season meeting between the Timbers and San Jose, with Portland leading the all-time series against the Earthquakes with a record of 12-5-8. In their last three matches against San Jose dating back to Oct. 6, 2019, the Timbers have outscored the Earthquakes 10-3.

Goal-Scoring Plays

POR - Diego Valeri (penalty kick), 25th minute: After the Timbers were awarded a penalty due to a handball inside the box, Valeri fired his penalty kick, the 20th in his career during MLS regular-season play, into the lower left corner of the net.

POR - Jeremy Ebobisse (Jorge Villafaña), 27th minute: Working down the left flank, Jorge Villafaña delivered a looping cross toward the back post to Ebobisse, who powered his header past the outstretched arms of San Jose goalkeeper Daniel Vega into the far corner of the net.

SJ - Carlos Fierro (López, Calvillo), 44th minute: Marcos López whipped in a low cross toward the center of the penalty area to Carlos Fierro, who smashed his half-volleyed shot into the top right corner of the net.

POR - Diego Valeri (Diego Chara), 57th minute: Near the end line, Diego Chara cut the ball back to the top of box to Valeri, who hit a low, hard shot that found its way into the goal to extend the Timbers' lead in the second half.

POR - Yimmi Chara, 70th minute: Ebobisse drilled a hard, low shot from distance that forced Vega to parry the ball to his right, but Yimmi Chara was first to the rebound and slotted his shot into the goal.

POR - Julio Cascante (Diego Valeri), 85th minute: Valeri's in-swinging corner kick service toward the six-yard box was headed into the far corner of the net by Cascante.

POR - Jaroslaw Niezgoda (Diego Chara), 87th minute: After Diego Chara intercepted a pass in midfield, he played the ball to Yimmi Chara down the left edge of the box. Yimmi Chara slipped the ball to Niezgoda, who back heeled it into the path of Diego Chara near the right side of the penalty area. Diego Chara then squared the ball across the face of goal to Niezgoda, whose shot deflected off two San Jose players and into the net.


The six goals are the most scored by the Timbers in an MLS match.

The six goals are the most scored in a road match in all eras of the club (1975-).

Since the club's founding in 1975, it is the sixth time the Timbers have scored six goals in a competitive match. Portland did it four times as a USL club and once in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Diego Valeri scored two goals in the match for his ninth regular-season brace for the Timbers. Valeri has 11 multi-goal games in all competitions for the Timbers, which ranks as the second-most in club history.

Valeri has scored a team-leading six goals this season, which is tied for fifth-most in MLS in 2020.

Diego Chara tallied two assists in the match, marking the first multi-assist game in Chara's 10-year MLS career.

Jeremy Ebobisse registered the game-winning goal in the win. The goal was his fifth of the 2020 regular season

Ebobisse has tallied eight headed goals since the beginning of the 2019 MLS regular season, which is the most in MLS in that span. Kei Kamara and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have seven headed goals during that span.

Ebobisse appeared in his 70th consecutive match across all competitions for the Timbers dating back to Sept. 8, 2018. The club record for most consecutive appearances across all competitions is 72.

Jaroslaw Niezgoda scored his third regular season goal for the Timbers. In all competitions, Niezgoda has scored four times for the club.

Yimmi Chara scored his second goal for the Timbers, scoring in his second consecutive match.

Niezgoda and Chara's goals both came as substitutes. It is the first time the Timbers have ever had two substitutes score in the same MLS regular season match.

Julio Cascante scored his first MLS goal in the match. It was Cascante's second goal in all competitions for the Timbers as he also scored in the U.S. Open Cup in 2018.

Goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic made his MLS debut in the match, making three saves. Ivacic is the first Slovenian player in Timbers history.

Jorge Villafaña tallied his second assist of the regular season.

Next Game

The Timbers return to Providence Park to play host to Cascadia-rival Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday, Sept. 23; kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (Pacific). The Sept. 23 match features a local television broadcast on FOX 12 PLUS with local radio broadcast on 750 The Game (English) and La GranD 1150AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).

San Jose Earthquakes (2-5-5, 11pts) vs. Portland Timbers (5-4-3, 18pts)

Sept. 19, 2020 - Earthquakes Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)

Goals by Half 1 2 F

San Jose Earthquakes 1 0 1

Portland Timbers 2 4 6

Scoring Summary:

POR: Valeri (penalty kick), 25

POR: Ebobisse (Villafaña), 27

SJ: Fierro (López, Calvillo), 44

POR: Valeri (D. Chara) 57

POR Y. Chara, 70

POR: Cascante (Valeri), 85

POR: Niezgoda (D. Chara), 87

Misconduct Summary:

SJ: Lima (caution) 14

POR: Conechny (caution), 29

SJ: Jungwirth (caution), 49


POR: GK Ivacic, D Farfan, D Tuiloma, D Cascante, D Villafaña, M Paredes (Zambrano, 89), M D. Chara (Williamson, 89), M Loría (Polo, 82), M Valeri ©, M Conechny (Y. Chara, 45), F Ebobisse (Niezgoda, 82)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Clark, D Bonilla, D Zuparic, M Flores

TOTAL SHOTS: 18 (Loría, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Ebobisse, Valeri, 2); FOULS: 12 (Cascante, 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 3

SJ: GK Vega, D Lima (Espinoza, 64), D Judson, D Beason, D Lopez, M Fierro, M Yueill, M Jungwirth (Vako, 65), M Calvillo (Thompson, 64), M Salinas (Skahan, 79), F Ríos (Wondolowski, 64)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Bersano, D Marie, M Cowell, M Fernandes

TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Fierro, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Fierro, 3); FOULS: 12 (Judson, Jungwirth, 3); OFFSIDES: 5; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES:3

Referee: Rosendo Mendoza

Assistant Referees: Nick Uranga, Benjamin Hall-Volpenheim

Fourth Official: Elijio Arreguin

VAR: Edvin Jurisevic

Weather: Clear, 72 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial

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