Highlights from the LA Galaxy's 2-1 defeat to the Portland Timbers are below...
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Robbie Keane exited the LA Galaxy's 2-1 defeat to the Portland Timbers in the 79th minute with an apparent injury, but the forward had no update following LA's loss.
After the match, Keane offered the following thoughts when asked about the injury.
"I don't know. We'll have to see, I'll get a scan," said Keane. "It's definitely a pull or something like that because I tried to take off and just couldn't run. I'll get a scan tomorrow or Monday and we'll see how it is."
PORTLAND, Ore. - The LA Galaxy dropped a disappointing 2-1 defeat to the Portland Timbers on Saturday.
A few notes from the match...
*Bruce Arena did not speak to the media after the match.
*The LA Galaxy are 1-7-2 when conceding in the final 15 minutes.
*LA has conceded 15 goals in that span, which means that 60 percent of the Galaxy's goals conceded have come in the last 15 minutes of games.
*The Galaxy used the same lineup for the third consecutive match. The last time that LA did that was in the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs. Last time in regular season June of 2010.
*The teams had plenty of passes as both teams combined for 823 passes (418 for Portland and 405 for LA)
*The two teams accounted for 30 fouls.
*Marcelo Sarvas has three goals this season.
*LA earned three yellow cards while the Timbers earned four.
*About 200 LA Galaxy fans made the trip to Portland including memers of the Angel City Brigade, LA Riot Squad, and the Galaxians.
PORTLAND, Ore. – The LA Galaxy expect a high-tempo match from the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field, but how they deal with the fast paced game will decide the result on Saturday.
With the Timbers fueled by an emotional crowd at JELD-WEN Field and likely to come flying out of the gate, right back Sean Franklin believes that LA’s ability to manage the game will be vital.
“They’re a team that attacks a lot. They’ve got great players up top with [Ryan] Johnson, [Darlington] Nagbe out wide, and [Diego] Valeri underneath. It’s going to be a tough game,” said Franklin. “When you play on the road, you have to know what kind of game that you’re in. This year, we haven’t done our best of job managing games.
“It’s all about going out and making sure that we’re the ones to run the tempo. We need to hold the lead or keeping the tie if we need to get out of here with a point,” said Franklin. “Managing the game tomorrow is going to be huge, at times, it won’t be our best soccer, but we need to be focused for 90 minutes.
As for the key to the game for LA? Franklin believes that the best defense for LA will be a good offense.
“The key is just to press them early. Don’t let them get comfortable in their stadium,” said Franklin. “They have one of the best 12th men in the league with their crowd and we want to make sure that we take them out of the game early.”
Ahead of Saturday's match, Robbie Keane, Todd Dunivant, and Omar Gonzalez preview the LA Galaxy's upcoming game at Portland Timbers FC..
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The LA Galaxy are on the ground in the Rose City ahead of Saturday's match against the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field.
Above is a photo snapped of Crater Lake from the air. The lake and the surrounding national park are about four and a half hours outside of Portland. The Rose City carries a special place in my heart as it was the site of my very first game as the LA Galaxy Insider last July.
On the ground here in Portland, both teams trained at JELD-WEN Field in preparation for Saturday's match.
There is plenty of news from the Timbers side as forward Frederic Piquionne is back from international duty with Martinque and may be available for the match against the Galaxy. If he is available, expect the forward to be a reserve as he played 80 minutes in Martinque's Gold Cup match against Panama on Thursday. Timbers boss Caleb Porter is quick to label is side the "underdogs" against the two-time defending Galaxy, but says that is side is expected to be motivated for Saturday.
In the latest edition of View from the Booth, Cobi Jones and Joe Tutino analyze the LA Galaxy match against the Portland Timbers.
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CARSON, Calif. – Following the LA Galaxy’s final training session at StubHub Center before departing for Saturday’s match against the Portland Timbers, LA head coach Bruce Arena offered his thoughts on the team’s opponents and a host of other topics.
Arena touches on Portland’s turf field, the continued improvement of Robbie Rogers, and a number of other issues.
His quotes are below…
(On facing the Portland Timbers…)
ARENA: “Good team. They've had a good year to date.”
(On what the Timbers do best…)
ARENA: “They've got the best goalkeeper in the league. [Donovan Ricketts] makes big saves and keeps them in games. He’s probably responsible for half their wins this year. They don’t win many games. They've got seven wins and nine ties. I think that Ricketts is responsible for half of those results.”
(On Portland missing several key players this week…)
ARENA: “Does anybody playing a violin when we're missing players? Who cares? You have to get out there & play."
(On how hard it is to play on JELD-WEN’s Turf Field…)
ARENA: “This is the best one available. The other ones in the league are really atrocious and they shouldn't be allowed. This is a good field. The fields in Seattle, Vancouver, and New England are not good fields, this is a good field…It is the best. It’s a good field. Technically, I don’t know where that field comes from, but it has been the best one. It’s a good field. They've made it a little bit bigger as well, so no excuses there.”
(On how LA’s winning streak has helped the team’s morale…)
ARENA: “We'll see as we train tomorrow and continue to go.”
(On the play of Robbie Rogers…)
ARENA: “It’s been improving. It’s been a little slow, but over the last couple of weeks, we've seen him make some good progress. We're hopeful that it continues.”
(On the hoopla when he joined and whether it was a factor…)
ARENA: “It’s never been an issue with us. That’s why he’s here. The issue is whether he can help us on the field.”
(On what Rogers still needs to do to improve…)
ARENA: “Just get fitter, get his touch better, and everything. He’s now in position where he’s coming out of preseason so he has to catch up to the rest of the group. We've seen that even with a player like [Landon Donovan], it took Landon a long period of time to get up to speed with the rest of the team, and that’s been the case for Robbie as well.”
(On whether Rogers is at 75 percent…)
ARENA: “I never know how you do that with the numbers and all. Like scales of whatever, I never quite get it. I think that he’s a little bit away from where he needs to be, but he’s getting closer.”
CARSON, Calif. – Parity in MLS is nothing new, and despite the LA Galaxy’s early season struggles, the club is in striking distance of the top spot in MLS. However, as close as LA are to the league summit, they’re just as close to falling out of the five Western Conference playoff berths.
Currently just seven points separate the Western Conference’s best club Real Salt Lake (34 points) from the sixth team in the West, the Colorado Rapids (27 points). LA sits in the thick of the race just four behind RSL, but three ahead of the Rapids.
“It shows that there’s a lot of parity and no one is running away with it in this league, but you could look at it in two ways—yes, we’re four points out, but we’re also a couple points of being out of the playoffs,” said defender Todd Dunivant. “It could go either way. It’s encouraging on one hand, but we know that there’s a lot of heat coming from behind us as well. Seattle has games in hand and other teams have games in hand as well. It’s close all the way around.”
Should a couple of results go LA’s way this week then the Galaxy will inch ever closer to the top of the table. If LA defeats Portland on Saturday and second place FC Dallas defeat RSL then the Galaxy would sit just a single point back of the conference lead.
“It could go that way or we could be down seven again,” says Dunivant. “It’s tight and it’s going to be tight. We just want to keep collecting points and keep moving up the table. Obviously, the top three is our ultimate goal. We’d love to [have] the Supporters’ Shield, I think that anyone would, but that’s not what we’re talking about. We just want to keep moving up the table, keep getting points, and we’ll talk about that stuff as we get down to the last few games of the season.”
Dunivant admits that while he does watch the standings, he won’t allow LA’s placement to distract him or the team.
“We've been through it enough and we know that top three is the most important thing,” said Dunivant. “Obviously, seeding matters, but at this point we're just over half way through the season and there’s such a long way to go that to talk about that stuff would be foolish at this point.”
CARSON, Calif. – Former Chivas USA midfielder Laurent Courtois continued to train with the LA Galaxy and following Thursday's session, Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena offered his take on what he's seen from the versatile Frenchman.
“Nothing that I don’t already know, I've seen him for a number of years with Chivas,” said Arena. “He’s a good player.”
As for whether or not Courtois could earn a deal with the Galaxy, Arena said that no decision has been made right now.
“It remains to be seen. We’ll see if this continues,” Arena said. “It is open right now and at some point, it’ll end with a determination.”