By Jamie Ives
LA Galaxy travelled to Portland on Sunday night, but were unable to leave with the win as Diego Valeri scored a 95th minute equalizer.
The Galaxy left it late themselves, with Robbie Keane scoring what he must have thought was the winner in the 92nd minute.
The Los Angeles club were without star defender Omar Gonzalez due to a knee injury, but he still remains on course to make it to Rio with the USMNT, after he was picked in the preliminary 30-man squad on Monday.
The game was rather dull until the twenty-ninth minute when a Robert Friend effort from outside the box went just over.
The rest of the first half followed the trend with neither team taking the initiative.
The second half was a different story however, with Jaime Penedo straightaway involved, parrying a Diego Valeri effort wide, before holding a Darlington Nagbe effort moments later.
The Timbers went close again, just before the hour mark, as Futty Danso connected with a free kick and guided it onto the far post, only for it to be scrambled off the line.
The next big chance came in the eighty-second minute, when a Landon Donovan left-footed strike didn’t have enough on it to trouble Donovan Ricketts.
The Galaxy were pressing for a winner, and a minute later ex-Leeds and Tottenham striker Robbie Keane had a strike deflected, that seemed to be looping over Ricketts. However, the Jamaican pulled off a miraculous save to tip it over for a corner.
With the game entering stoppage time, Keane latched onto a throw on which evaded everyone to score with a header. Vintage ‘Keano’, alert and alive in the box.
But as the Timbers showed last week, they are partial to a late goal of their own, and they equalized in the ninety-fifth minute through Valeri. The Argentinian created some space for himself to put it past Penedo in a wild finish at Providence Park.
(Photo: Diego Valeri’s late strike rescued a point for the Timbers)
The Galaxy will want to pick themselves up, and hopefully pick up three points next time out when they travel to Houston.
While Portland face Columbus next week in a game between two sides desperate to snap a poor run of form.
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