Dunivant's header the difference as LA top Portland
A refreshed LA Galaxy snapped a seven-game winless streak while picking up their first shutout of the season with a 1-0 win against the Portland Timbers. Left back Todd Dunivant accounted for the lone goal, knocking a header off the post and past a diving Troy Perkins.
With the win, the Galaxy are now 4-8-2 on the season for 14 points. They have now leapfrogged FC Dallas and Portland and are in seventh place in the Western Conference, one point behind Chivas USA in sixth pace.
The win snaps LA’s seven-game winless streak. They had been 0-5-2 in their previous seven games before today’s game.
Todd Dunivant gave the Galaxy a 1-0 lead with a 61st minute goal. That was his first goal of the season and first in the regular season since May 8, 2010 when he scored in the second half of a 4-0 win at Seattle.
David Beckham was credited with the lone assist on the goal, providing the corner kick for Dunivant to head past Troy Perkins. Beckham now has five assists on the season and is tied for third in MLS.
LA Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena
On the first shutout of the season:
“It’s good. I guess it’s been a little rare this year. But, when you get a shutout, it’s not just your goalkeeper; it’s the players in front of him. I think they did a pretty good job for the most part. And, again lets be fair—we had a couple of good chances to start the game. They had a good chance or two at the end of the first half. A timely save is critical. We had one in the first half.”
LA Galaxy Midfielder Landon Donovan
On the team’s performance:
“We got back to doing things that made a difference. It wasn’t pretty, but we made a lot of real good plays on both side of the ball that made a difference. I can’t look at any one guy and say that he didn’t that he didn’t perform well and he didn’t give everything he had. It’s a good building block. Let’s not get carried away—it’s one win, but it’s a good win. Everyone feels good about it. To get a shutout against a real good offensive team is a real plus.”
LA Galaxy Goalkeeper Josh Saunders
On making his return to the first team:
“It was good. I was fortunate to get that time off where we had the two reserve games and those helped a lot. Winning those games, it gave me confidence and even the guys who came on the field late and played in those games it helped them too.”