Earthquakes host Timbers in matchup of winless teams
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With two winless teams meeting, something figures to give when the Portland Timbers travel to play at the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.
Things appear better for Portland (0-3-1, 1 point) as the Timbers are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy in a competitive battle. San Jose (0-4-0, 0 points) has gotten worse as the season has gone on, with the last game being a 5-0 thumping at home to the Los Angeles Football Club.
But while the match on paper seems to favor Portland, Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese quickly disagreed this week when a reporter made that insinuation.
"I think if we think the way you think, then we have failed from the beginning because San Jose is a tough team," Savarese said.
"There's not an easy game in this league and each team brings you something different. (San Jose) is a team that plays very different from any other team and you must be prepared to handle what they do on the field. To me, every single game is important. We go into every single match to win."
San Jose first-year coach Matias Almeyda, who came to the Earthquakes following a successful career as a player in Argentina, and then coaching in Mexico, is entering an uncharted area with San Jose's start.
"I'm not happy," Almeyda said.
"I have started a process that for the first time as a head coach I lose by five goals. As a player I never experienced this either. I take this as a learning lesson, and I take out conclusions. I've been respectful with the group of players that I inherited. I have given them enough time to change. Simply, I am looking for a certain style of play."
San Jose has scored only two goals and has a minus-12 goal differential. Portland has a minus-7 differential.