Juninho and Robbie Keane left frustrated after questionable call late in LA Galaxy draw with Portland Timbers

11 May 3:56 pm

Juninho and Robbie Keane left frustrated after questionable call late in LA Galaxy draw with Portland Timbers

By Adam Serrano

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The LA Galaxy could not hide their disgust at referee Armando Villarreal after their 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers.

Villarreal's decision to not award a foul after Juninho was brought down by Portland's Darlington Nagbe after an uncontested run through the field gave life to the Timbers who scored on a Diego Valeri finish two minutes later. Following the match, the Brazilian midfielder confirmed that he was taken down by Nagbe. 

"I felt like that he pushed me in the back," said Juninho. "[The referee] made a real mistake." 

Galaxy captain Robbie Keane agreed that it was clear that Juninho was brought down, but he told reporters after the game that the Galaxy must perform better in the closing moments of matches if they are to improve upon a frustrating result.

“We can stand there and make excuses, but we cannot concede the goal at the end there’s no questions about that. In the last few seconds, we have to be stronger," said Keane. "The linesman has to see that [Juninho foul] because he’s right there while the head referee is chasing the game like the rest of us. There were some poor decisions, but we have to accept and take responsibility ourselves because in the last minutes, we can’t allow goals like that.” 

Watch the foul below and comment on whether or not you believe the call was correct