When the goal came from rookie substitute Adam Jahn in the 92nd after almost two consecutive hours of the Portland Timbers blanking the San Jose Earthquakes, it hurt. But it didn't hurt nearly as much as it would have if Chris Wondolowski had buried his free header in the dying moments of the team's clash at Jeld-Wen Field the previous Sunday, and it didn't sting as much as it would have if Alan Gordon, Steven Lenhart, or Wondolowski had struck it. The Timbers drew San Jose 1-1 Sunday night. It was the most sterling of performances from Caleb Porter's team, and it certainly didn't have the most sterling of finishes. But it was a fair point and a solid result for a team still on the rise.
It was always going to be hard for the Timbers / Earthquakes rematch to create the kind of firestorm that would live up to expectations. The teams' meeting in Portland had everything a classic soccer match could ask for - controversy, fighting, a red card, a dazzling goal, and a massive fall-out. There is something to be said for how the Jeld-Wen cauldron stirs the most passion in teams, home and away, and how road Timbers matches rarely explode the same way home games do.no comments