San Jose Earthquakes, who are currently resting just above the playoff line in the Western Conference, will host 4th placed Portland Timbers at the Earthquakes Stadium in the MLS tonight.
Meanwhile, San Jose Earthquakes return to the regular season campaign after crashing out of the MLS is Back tournament in the quarter-finals. They were the surprise package of the tournament, turning heads with their swashbuckling style of football.
This will be the Earthquakes' first game without midfielder Magnus Eriksson who has returned to his former club Djurgardens IF.
Eriksson has been crucial to the Earthquakes but general manager Jesse Fioranelli has assured fans that his team will adapt.
"Fortunately, our game is not and will not be dependent on a single player, and while the team's overall game identity will remain the same, we believe that a fresh player can create a fresh spark."
"Maybe over time, this change can even produce a slightly different look and feel when we attack. Secondly, the group is compact and has proven to be able to take adjustments head on."
San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland Timbers Head-to-Head
San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers have faced each other 26 times up to today. The fixture has largely favoured the Timbers who have won 13 times. Meanwhile, San Jose Earthquakes have only won 6 times against their Wednesday night opposition.
7 games have ended in a draw. Portland Timbers won the last meeting against San Jose by 3 goals to 1.
San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland Timbers Team News
Magnus Eriksson has left the Earthquakes. Jack Skahan will not be available due to a thigh injury. Other than him, the rest of their squad is fit and available for selection.
Injured: Jack Skahan
Portland Timbers will be without Dairon Asprilla who is recovering from an injury to his left knee. Yimmi Chara is a doubt and was sidelined for their previous game as well after picking up a thigh injury during the knockout stage of the MLS is Back tournament.
Injured: Dairon Asprilla
Doubtful: Yimmy Chara
San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland Timbers Predicted Lineups
San Jose Earthquakes Predicted XI: Daniel Vega, Tommy Thomson, Guram Kashia, Alanis, Nick Lima, Jackson Yueill, Judson, Vako, Cristian Espinosa, Andres Rios, Hoesen
Portland Timbers Predicted XI: Steve Clark, Jorge Vilafana, Larris Mabiala, Dario Zuparic, Chris Duvall, Eryk Williamson, Diego Chara, Sebastian Blanco, Diego Valeri, Marvin Loria, Jeremy Ebobisse
San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland Timbers Prediction
Portland Timbers have played a lot more football than San Jose have over the past few weeks and they will be desperate to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat to Seattle Sounders. But San Jose Earthquakes have been playing some exciting football of late and as suc this one promises to be a cracker.
Prediction: San Jose Earthquakes 2-2 Portland Timbers