SJ Vs PT Dream11 Team Probable Playing 11 And Match Report: San Jose Earthquakes show a flicker of life to keep themselves hanging onto survival in the league.
They are yet to register a win in their last five encounters but San Jose Earthquakes showed that their season is not yet finished. The club pulled off a gallant and gritty 0-0 draw with LA Galaxy the last time around, a result which alluded towards signs of life in the club.
While the result did little to change the side’s position in the Western Conference, the showing is one which could end up being a defining moment for the side in MLS 2020-21. For the first time in a couple of weeks, the team showed fight and character in abundance with the plucky performance coming in the wake of a 7-1 thumping.
It’s a performance the side will be looking to derive much yearned for confidence for when it takes on Portland Timbers today. With Portland themselves having hit a rut off late, the Earthquakes will be looking to utilise this outing as a means to finally break out of the lull they find themselves engulfed in.
SJ Vs PT Dream11 Probable Winner
After torching their way to a runaway lead in the opening exchanges of the season, Portland’s season has unravelled across the last month. The side has registered just the one win in its last five fixtures to see them hanging onto their spot in the top 7 by just goal difference.
In dire need of a win, we envision Portland coming out hammer and tongs today. And they should finally accrue much needed three points as well with the Earthquakes being little else than sitting ducks in the league.
Probable Playing 11
- Dairon, Sebastian and Flores are all going to be sitting out the day’s encounter for Portland with their absence ascribed to injuries.
San Jose Earthquakes
Irwin, Rosenberry, Abubakar, Smith, Vines, Price, Acosta, Nicholson, Rubio, Shinyashiki, Kamara
Clark, Villafana, Tuiloma, Mabiala, Moreira, Paredes, Chara, Blanco, Valeri, Asprilla, Ebobisse
Match: Earthquakes Vs Portland
Date And Time: 17th September, Thursday- 7:00am IST
Venue: Avaya Stadium, San Jose
Top Goal Scorer
San Jose Earthquakes
- Valeri: 2 Goals, 1 Assist
- Valeri: 3 Goals, 2 Assists
Earthquakes Vs LA Galaxy: 0-0
Los Angeles Vs Portland Timbers: 4-2
Daniel Vega emerged as a saviour for San Jose Earthquakes the last time around. Despite LA Galaxy leaving no stone unturned to breach his goal, the goal-keeper stood tall in the face od adversary to pull off one of the finest displays of the season.
Whilst Portland Timbers’ defence has offered little to write home about this season, we envisage a cleansheet for the side today. As San Jose Earthquakes have dwindled in form, the team has directed its focus to defence with the attack suffering due to the paradigm shift in approach.
It saw the side fail to score against LA Galaxy and the same could transpire today as well. It sees us opt for a trio from Portland, one made up of Jorge Villafana, Chris Duvall and Bill Tuiloma.
While goal scoring won’t be the easiest of tasks for San Jose Earthquakes, we can’t discount them from popping up with a goal today. They are up against a Portland side which just can’t stop leaking goals at the minute, a side which has been hit for 22 goals in the Western Conference.
It’s a paper thin backline, one Valeri Qazaishvili will be ardently waiting to take on. The side’s top scorer with two goals and one assist, he can easily traverse his way to a goal today to see him become a must have pick for us.
Partnering up with him is Florian Jungwirth. The midfielder pulled off a stunning display in midfield for the club the last time around with his tackles, blocks and aerial dules disrupting LA Galaxy’s attacking plays.
Jeremy Ebobisse is yet to really settle into his groove this season but this could be the tie where he gets going. He’s up against the worst defence in the league, one bound to crumble and collapse infront of Jeremy’s brunt.
With two goals, Eryk Williamson joins up to complete our two man pick from the club.
Diego Valeri could end up making a mockery of the opposition’s defence. With three goals and two assists, he’s spearheaded Portland’s attacking docket, a player who has quenched his insatiable thirst for goals with searing runs.
Felipe Mora has been a more than able deputy to score thrice for the club as well. Elsewhere, the home side will see us opt for leading scorer, Chris Wondolowski who has the two goals in his kitty.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Portland’s top scorer, Valeri was an instant pick as our side’s captain while Mora is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Team
Vega, Villafana, Tuiloma, Duvall, Jungwirth, Ebobisse, Valeri, Williamson, Chris, Mora, Diego
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