Two goals from Jamiro Monteiro lifted the San Jose Earthquakes to a 3-2 win over the visiting Portland Timbers Wednesday, May 18.
Portland scored twice from corner kicks, but ultimately could not hold off a persistent Earthquakes push.
Timbers goal, 18th minute — Cristhian Paredes scored with a flick header on a corner kick delivered by Marvin Loria. 1-0 Timbers.
Earthquakes goal, 31st minute — Jackson Yuell delivered a smashing diving header, meeting a ball delivered by former Timber Jeremy Ebobisse. 1-1 tie.
Earthquakes goal, 44th minute — Jamiro Monteiro scored at the end of what started as a three-on-one counterattack that developed just before halftime after Portland pushed players forward on a free-kick opportunity. 2-1 Quakes.
Timbers goal, 56th minute — Defender Bill Tuiloma scored his team-leading fourth goal, heading in a corner kick delivered by Eryk Williamson. 2-2 tie.
Earthquakes goal, 80th minute — Monteiro finds a point-blank chance and converts. Cristian Espinoza collected a pass deep in the box and sent it toward Ebobisse making a near-post run. Both Timbers center backs followed Ebobisse, and when the ball bounced through to Monteiro, Portland had no cover.
Big picture — After a 7-2 win at home, the Timbers had moments, but mainly struggled to possess the ball or to play out of San Jose's press, and the Quakes eventually found ways to break through. …
Though he didn't score, Nathan Fogaca played another solid match at forward. … With a busy schedule, Sebastian Blanco and Williamson came on at halftime as they work toward full fitness.
Tuiloma, who now has four goals, also nearly scored on a free kick.
Former Timbers striker Jeremy Ebobisse was involved in two of the Quakes' goals and his movement around the box challenged his former Portland teammates throughout the match.
The Timbers are 3-4-6 for 15 points from 13 matches and sit 10th in the West, in the middle of a congested lower half of the conference.
Timbers' next match — Philadelphia at Portland, 7 p.m. Sunday. May 22 (FS1).
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