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LA Galaxy 0, Portland Timbers 0
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
StubHub Center – Carson, Calif.
POR – Pa-Modou Kah (Yellow Card) 7’
LA – A.J. DeLaGarza (Yellow Card) 73’
LA Galaxy: Carlo Cudicini; Sean Franklin, Tommy Meyer, A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant; Robbie Rogers (Colin Clark 69’), Juninho (Hector Jimenez 93+), Rafael Garcia (Pablo Mastroeni 91+), Gyasi Zardes, Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane©.
Subs Not Used: Brian Rowe, Leonardo, Greg Cochrane, Jack McBean.
Portland Timbers: Donovan Ricketts; Ryan Miller. Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Michael Harrington; Diego Chara, Will Johnson©; Kalif Alhassan (Sal Zizzo 88’), Diego Valeri (Frederic Piquionne 67’), Darlington Nagbe; Ryan Johnson (Ben Zemanski 81’).
Subs Not Used: Milos Kocic, Jack Jewsbury, Michael Nanchoff, Jose Valencia.
Referee: Allen Chapman
Referee’s Assistants: Jeff Hosking and Fabio Tovar
4th Official: Jesus Cisneros
With the draw, the Galaxy are now 6-6-3 on the season for 21 points. They remain tied for fifth place in the Western Conference with Seattle Sounders FC.
This was the first of three meetings this season between the Galaxy and Timbers with LA visiting JELD-WEN Field on July 13 and September 29.
The draw snapped LA’s three-game losing streak in all competitions but extended their winless streak to four matches.
Bruce Arena made five changes to the team that lost 3-1 away to Real Salt Lake their last time out with Carlo Cudicini, Todd Dunivant, Rafael Garcia, Robbie Rogers and Robbie Keane all coming into the starting lineup. They replaced Brian Rowe, Greg Cochrane, Marcelo Sarvas, Michael Stephens and Jose Villarreal. Rowe and Cochrane each started the game on the bench while Sarvas was suspended, Stephens did not dress and Villarreal was away with the U.S. Under-20 National Team.
This was the 20th straight game in all competitions this season that the Galaxy have made at least one change to their lineup.
Rafael Garcia made the first start of his MLS career in the game while Robbie Rogers made his first start as a member of the Galaxy.
Pablo Mastroeni made his Galaxy debut, coming on for Rafael Garcia in second half stoppage time.
Brian Perk missed the game after suffering a concusion in a Reserve League game last weekend while Leonardo and Jack McBean each started the game on the bench after recovering from injuries of their own.
The 0-0 draw was LA’s first of the season in the league and second in all competitions.
LA now have five clean sheets in their seven regular season home games and have allowed just two goals in those matches.
Carlo Cudicini made four saves for his fifth shutout of the season, all of which have cone at home. He and the Galaxy have not conceded a goal in the last 214 minutes of action at home.
Sean Franklin came the closest to scoring for either team, flicking a shot off the post in the 55th minute.
Robbie Keane finished the game without a shot. This was just his second game this season in which he did not have either a shot or a shot on goal.
Both teams finished with four shots on goal while LA had 13 total shots compared to nine for the Timbers.
Gyasi Zardes finished with a game-high four shots, though just one was on goal.
The Galaxy will be back in MLS action on Sunday night when they take on Chivas USA in the second leg of the SuperClasico at StubHub Center. Chivas USA will be the home team in that game, which kicks off at 8 p.m. Time Warner Cable SportsNet will have the game starting at 7:30 p.m. while UniMas will show the game live nationally in Spanish starting at 8 p.m.