In what must be considered a spirited display of the rivalry between competing supporters, the San Jose Earthquakes main fan group 1906 Ultras displayed a pregame Tifo that poked fun at the perceived relationship between the owner of the Portland Timbers, Merritt Paulson, and the nationally acclaimed Timbers Army that supports the team. Paulson as puppet-master and the Army as sheep? Not quite offensive, but definitely pushing the bounds of spiritedness.
Sure, who wouldn't want to see the Lenhart Shuffle. Now, if only the ingenious creator of this objet d'art could find a way to turn it into an animation...
Wondolowski's goal was the stereotypical Wondolowski goal. There was no great run, pass or finish involved in the goal at all. The ball got wide to Thierry Henry, who knocked in a average ball to the middle. Terry then completely blew the clearance and left the ball in front for Wondolowski to knock home for the opening tally. It wasn't fancy or even impressive, but it rarely is with Wondolowski. Well, unless you look at his goal total. That's impressive.
For the second time this season, midfielder Jean-Marc Alexandre is heading out on loan to the Orlando City SC. With the Earthquakes eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup, Alexandre has had little opportunity to get on the pitch, so heading to Florida for another short-term loan makes sense for the fourth year MLS veteran. With just six minutes of first team playing time -- a short cameo at the end of the match at Real Salt Lake -- Alexandre needs to stay ready in case injuries or poor play from the starters necessitates his inclusion in the Earthquakes starting XI. (Photo: Jonathan Lorentz, orlandocitysoccer.com)