Portland midfielder Diego Valeri scored on an 88th-minute free kick to give the Portland Timbers a 1-0 victory over the host San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night at Avaya Stadium.
Valeri sent his kick over the Earthquakes wall to slide it above diving San Jose goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell and into the right corner of the net. The goal was Valeri’s fourth of the season.
The victory was the third straight for the Timbers (3-3-2). San Jose (1-5-2) saw its winless stretch reach seven games since a victory in the season opener against Minnesota United.
The Earthquakes took 15 shots, while Portland fired 11.
Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella recorded four saves while notching his second consecutive shutout. Tarbell made three stops for San Jose.
After Valeri’s goal, the Portland defense protected the lead. The Earthquakes didn’t have a serious threat down the stretch, which included seven minutes of stoppage time.
San Jose forward Danny Hoesen took six shots overall and put three on goal. Hoesen had his header in the 54th minute stopped by Attinella.
Earthquakes midfielder Jackson Yueill had his right-footed shot sail wide left in the 75th minute.
Both teams had good chances in the first half.
Timbers midfielder Cristhian Paredes had a strong chance in the 44th minute with a right-footed blast, but Tarbell got his right hand on it to deflect the ball over the crossbar.
Portland forward Fanendo Adi had two strong opportunities. His right-foot shot hit the right goalpost in the eighth minute, and another right-footed boot went wide left in the 45th minute.
Earthquakes midfielder Valeri Qazaishvili came up empty on chances in the 29th and 32nd minutes. First, his free kick sailed right of the goal, and three minutes later, his right-footer was saved when Attinella knocked it aside with his right hand.
—Field Level Media