Winless in Portland

June 4, 2017

In a familiar result, the Quakes lost to the Portland Timbers 2-0 on Friday night at Providence Park.

Ownage is ownage, and no team has the Earthquakes’ number more than the Timbers. In seven MLS seasons, the Quakes have failed to win in Portland during the regular season; this latest loss dropping the Quakes’ overall away record against the Timbers to 0-7-3. It took the Quakes two years to beat Portland for the first regular season win after Portland’s promotion MLS in 2011. Portland now owns an 8-3-7 record against San Jose in all-time regular season meetings. The Quakes will have to wait until 2018 to try and get that elusive win at Providence Park.

Diego Valeri tallied both Timbers goals in the second half, and Fanendo Adi hit the woodwork twice.

Some may point fingers at the Darwin Ceren double-yellow for a poor San Jose performance, but one player cannot account for such a lopsided victory. The Quakes failed to record a shot in the first half, and managed just one shot on frame in 90 minutes. Portland finished with 23 shots, eight of which were on frame. Portland also controlled possession 67%-33%, touches (744-487), and passes (542-75).

However, the most telling stat to demonstrate the dominance of Portland is overall chances created: 22-4. In other words, for every one chance the Quakes generated, Portland generated more than five.

Forward Chris Wondolowski’s heat map versus Portland at Providence Park. San Jose is attacking right to left

The biggest problem is Chris Wondolowski. For whatever reason, Wondo continues to play a midfielder’s role despite not being a midfielder. Wondo finished with zero shots, 42 touches, zero key passes, and one turnover. The Wondo at mid experiment was an epic failure last season, little has change in 2017.

By the end of the weekend, the Quakes dropped from fourth to sixth, one point ahead of the L.A. Galaxy for the final playoff spot. The Galaxy also have two games in hand.

Midway through the season, the Quakes rank eighth in the West in goals scored (16), sixth in the West in goals allowed (20), and seventh in the West in points-per-game (1.27). Those numbers are not playoff caliber.

The Quakes’ next regular season game is against currently-first-place Sporting Kansas City on June 17th. Lose that one, and Dom Kinnear’s days may be over in San Jose.

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