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15 July 9:42 am

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A few notes from Sunday's LA Galaxy 1-0 reserves victory over the Portland Timbers reserves.

*Goalkeeper Brian Perk left Sunday's match with an apparent face injury and following the game, Galaxy assistant and reserve team head coach Curt Onalfo stated that 23-year-old may have broken his nose. 

"He got kicked pretty good in the face. It looks like he may have broken his nose and he had a little bit of blurriness in his eye, so the doctor decided that he couldn't continue," said Onalfo. "Two games in a row where he's had to come out of the game, so it's unfortunate. He's playing well and he's got to be frustrated, but it's part of the game, and he'll ge through it." 

*My sidebar from the reserve match can be found here

*Laurent Courtois continued his training stint with the Galaxy on Sunday with a 45 minute shift for the reserves. I spoke to him after the match

*LA's reserves return to action next Monday with a match against Chivas USA at StubHub Center. 

Below is Villarreal's classy finish. 

14 July 10:49 pm

PORTLAND, Ore.—A week into his training stint with the LA Galaxy, Laurent Courtois made his reserve team debut by going 45 minutes in LA’s 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers on Sunday, and is hopeful that he can turn it into a permanent deal. 

Throughout the match, the 34-year-old midfielder was active going forward as he repeatedly pressured the Timbers defense. Courtois nearly got on the board just moments after coming on, but had his shot cleared off the line.  

Although he couldn’t get on the board, Courtois was pleased with his performance on Sunday.

“I’m happy to get my first 45 minutes with the reserves and overall, I thought that it was pretty okay,” Courtois told LA Galaxy Insider. I tried to be me and provide width and depth. I tried to give service and hold the ball in midfield while also helping the outside back on defense. I tried to do my best and I think that we did a good job.”

On Sunday, the Frenchman drew considerable praise from reserve team boss Curt Onalfo and midfielder Pablo Mastroeni.

“I thought that he did a good job,” said Onalfo. “He nearly scored in his first touch of the game and stepped in, and did a solid job for us.”

“He’s a player that brings a lot of calm to the game when it’s really hectic; he took the sting out of it. He looks to shoot and gets into dangerous positions, and he’s a good passer of the ball as well,” said Mastroeni. “I think that he’s a good player that brings a different dynamic to the team, and [on Sunday], he had a good performance.”

After spending two-and-a-half years with Chivas USA and tallying three goals and a single assist during his time, Courtois began training with the Galaxy on Monday after being released by the Rojiblancos last month. The former West Ham United midfielder admitted that the situation at Chivas in his final days there was a “complicated” and “difficult” one, but he’s been impressed with his week-long stint with LA.

“It feels really good. Everything is so organized and everybody knows what to do,” said Courtois. “The sessions have been going great, and to be honest, they are pretty enjoyable. It’s always easier with good players.”

As for his chance to earn a place on the Galaxy roster, the former Chivas USA midfielder is hopeful that he can earn a spot on the squad.

“I do,” said Courtois. “I feel fantastic. I had this opportunity, and I don’t know shock anybody to say that this is a better group with better players, who know what to do. The mentality is really different. I’d love to be part of it.” 

14 July 1:16 am

Highlights from the LA Galaxy's 2-1 defeat to the Portland Timbers are below...

14 July 1:09 am

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." 

14 July 12:27 am

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. 

13 July 10:45 am

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.”

12 July 9:21 pm

Ahead of Saturday's match, Robbie Keane, Todd Dunivant, and Omar Gonzalez preview the LA Galaxy's upcoming game at Portland Timbers FC..

Check it out below...

12 July 7:02 pm

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

12 July 11:07 am

In the latest edition of View from the Booth, Cobi Jones and Joe Tutino analyze the LA Galaxy match against the Portland Timbers.

Check it out below...

11 July 3:19 pm

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.”