Quakes Hand Defending MLS Cup Champion Portland 1st Loss
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Chris Wondolowski and Quincy Amarikwa scored first-half goals and the San Jose Earthquakes handed the defending MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers their first loss of the season, 2-1 on Sunday in soggy conditions.
San Jose, which has been in the MLS for 21 years, won its first two games of the season for the first time in team history. It was the first loss for Portland (1-1-0) since Oct. 3, 2015 — snapping a 10-game unbeaten streak.
Wondolowski scored his 111th goal of his career — three behind Ante Razov for fourth on the MLS scoring list — in the 30th minute for a 1-0 lead. Wondolowski cut between two defenders and redirected Anibal Godoy's cross at the near post for the goal.
Quincy Amarikwa made it 2-0 in first-half stoppage time. He won the ball on San Jose's side of midfield, sprinted past three Portland defenders and chipped goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey from distance.
Jack McInerney, who was traded to the Timbers on Jan. 13, scored his first goal for Portland in the 89th minute.
Portland lost a game to the Quakes for the first time in six matches.