San Jose vs Portland by Isaiah
San Jose continued their winning streak with a score of 0-2 away to Chivas USA last Saturday.
They had problems in most of the first half to adapt their game, but the flow of the game changed a little bit before half time when they won a penalty and opened the scoring, while Chivas left with ten men. In the second half they doubled the number of goals, losing even more opportunities for higher score.
There is lot of excitement in San Jose for this season's team, which is heading directly for the Playoffs, while they maintain a comfortable distance from second placed Seattle in Western Conference. San Jose completed three consecutive victories this last Saturday, while at home they have not been defeated after March 17 in twelve consecutive games.
Sub midfielder Cesar Diaz Pizarro (1 game played only), key midfielder Marvin Chavez (23 games played, one goal) and sub midfielder Sercan Guvenisik (5 games played) are all out of tonight's game, while midfielder Joey Gjertsen and defender Tim Ward both remains sidelined long term (no games played).
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Portland is coming after a 1-1 draw at home against Seattle last Saturday. The draw in the traditional derby against Seattle, left mixed feelings in Portland fans, although the game was very good in general, as in most of Portland home games.
Anyway, the result was too bad in order to catch a place in this season's playoffs, since two away games awaits them, where Portland is presented extremely weak when they play away from home.
Portland have to face lot of squad problems today. Key midfielder Diego Chara, main keeper Donovan Ricketts and main defender Chris Taylor are all out for different reasons, while keeper Jake Gleeson, midfielder Freddie Braun and defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste are doubts.
San Jose is too strong when playing at home, and in combination with the problems Portland is facing, they should win this one easy with no difficulties.
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