Late heroics by Juninho and David Beckham allowed the LA Galaxy to return to their winning ways on Saturday, as LA defeated the Portland Timbers 3-1 at The Home Depot Center.
Kris Boyd gave Portland the lead in the 23rd minute, but the Galaxy tallied three unanswered goals from Landon Donovan, Juninho and David Beckham to break their two-game losing slide.
The win snapped the Galaxy’s two-game losing streak and improved their home record to 2-2-0 on the season.
All four Galaxy regular season home games have finished with 3-1 scorelines.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena made three changes to the team that lost 1-0 at Sporting Kansas City last weekend. Chad Barrett and David Beckham each returned to the starting lineup in place of Edson Buddle and Michael Stephens respectively while David Junior Lopes made his Galaxy debut in central defense in place of A.J. DeLaGarza.
David Beckham on the importance of the win:
“It’s a big win obviously because of the run we’ve been on, the way we’ve been playing. I think overall, our performance was 100 percent better than it has been all season. We played as a team, we attacked and defended as a team, and we deserved to win tonight.”
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After going down 1-0 following a Kris Boyd goal in the 23th minute, LA roared back and scored three unanswered goals, including a SportsCenter-worthy strike by David Beckham, to stop a two-match slide. Down a goal, the Galaxy did not appear flustered as they dominated possession for wide stretches of play, showing flashes of their MLS Cup-winning form from a year ago.
While LA displayed prowess going forward, their back four was bolstered by the inclusion of David Junior Lopes, who started his first match after being traded to the Galaxy from Chivas USA midweek. With A.J. DeLaGarza out due to right adductor tightness, the Galaxy’s new addition learned on Thursday that he’d get the nod for LA’s reeling backline.
Partnered alongside rookie Tommy Meyer, the hulking Brazilian was solid, providing the Galaxy with physical presence in the back while also coming close to putting the ball in the back of the net himself a couple times.