Portland Timbers celebrated their first win at Providence Park in almost two months by beating LA Galaxy 3-1 on Sunday. Goals from Liam Ridgewell, Diego Valeri and Alvas Powell proved too much for a struggling Galaxy side.
Portland hadn’t won at home in three consecutive games before Sunday’s game. But they made sure they remain on track for the playoffs with a comfortable win in the end. The Timbers took the lead inside five minutes, with Ridgewell heading in from close range.
However, their lead lasted less than a minute. LA Galaxy hit them back straight from the restart, with Emmanuel Boateng racing through on goal and slotting past Jake Gleeson.
The Galaxy then looked on top. They piled pressure on Portland’s defence and thought they’d gone ahead when Gyasi Zardes tapped in from close range in the 11th minute. But referee Drew Fischer used the newly-implemented Video Review system to check the goal. After the review, the goal was chalked off and Zardes was booked for a handball in the lead up the goal.
Portland made the most of the decision and then re-took the lead themselves on 31 minutes. Jermaine Jones made a mess of an attempted interception, allowing Valeri a sight of goal. The playmaker still had a lot to from 25 yards, but he rifled a shot into the top corner, sending the hosts in 2-1 up at the break.
The Timbers made it 3-1 just eight minutes after the restart, with Alvas Powell blasting in from close range after a backheel assist from Fanendo Adi. LA couldn’t respond, even after sending new DP signing Jonathan Dos Santos onto the field in the 64th minute.
Dos Santos made his MLS debut for the Galaxy exactly two years after brother Giovani did so for the Galaxy. The two Mexican internationals will now hope to get the Galaxy out of their poor run of form. They are nine points outside the playoffs with 12 games to play. The game finished Portland Timbers 3-1 LA Galaxy.
Check out exclusive photos from Sunday’s game below, courtesy of MLSGB photographer, Denise McCooey.
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