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LA Galaxy

Match Recap: Portland Timbers 2, LA Galaxy 1
Galaxy unable to hold lead after Marcelo Sarvas scores first-half goal


Three Points: Yet another late goal causes the Galaxy to fall
Galaxy Insider Adam Serrano’s Three Points to LA’s heartbreaking late defeat to the Timbers


Postgame Quotes: LA Galaxy concede stoppage time winner, fall 2-1 to Portland Timbers
Players react to the loss in Portland


Once again a goal in second half stoppage time dooms the LA Galaxy
LA Galaxy suffer another difficult loss late



LA Galaxy 1, Portland Timbers 2
Saturday, July 13, 2013
JELD-WEN Field – Portland, Ore.

Scoring Summary:
LA – Marcelo Sarvas 4 (Hector Jimenez 2, Sean Franklin 1) 17’
POR – Ryan Johnson 6 (Darlington Nagbe 3, Diego Valeri 5) 27’
POR – Andrew Jean-Baptiste 1 (Diego Valeri 6) 94+

Misconduct Summary:
LA – A.J. DeLaGarza (Yellow Card) 30’
POR – Diego Chara (Yellow Card) 40’
LA – Marcelo Sarvas (Yellow Card) 40’
POR – Ryan Johnson (Yellow Card) 42’
POR – Donovan Ricketts (Yellow Card) 92+
POR – Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Yellow Card) 95+
LA – Carlo Cudicini (Yellow Card) 97+

LA Galaxy: Carlo Cudicini; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant; Hector Jimenez (Jose Villarreal 75’), Marcelo Sarvas, Juninho, Robbie Rogers (Colin Clark 70’); Robbie Keane© (Jack McBean 79’), Gyasi Zardes.

Subs Not Used: Brian Perk, Tommy Meyer, Pablo Mastroeni, Michael Stephens.

Portland Timbers: Donovan Ricketts; Jack Jewsbury©, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Mamadou Danso, Michael Harrington; Diego Chara, Ben Zemanski, Darlington Nagbe (Sal Zizzo 96+); Diego Valeri, Kalif Alhassan (Frederic Piquionne 60’), Ryan Johnson (Jose Valencia 85’).

Subs Not Used: Milos Kocic, Rauwshan McKenzie, Ryan Miller, Sebastian Rincon.

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee’s Assistants: Corey Rockwell and Kermit Quisenberry
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal

Attendance: 20,674


  •  With the loss, the Galaxy are now 9-8-3 on the season for 30 points. They are now alone in fourth place in the Western Conference, one point behind third place FC Dallas and three points ahead of the Timbers, who are now alone in second place.
  • The loss snaps the Galaxy’s two-game winning streak and their four-game unbeaten streak against the Timbers.
  • This was the sixth time this season that the Galaxy have conceded a game-winning goal in the final 15 minutes of the game.
  • Of the 24 goals allowed by the Galaxy this season, 15 have come in the final 15 minutes of games.
  • LA are 1-7-2 this year when allowing a goal in the final 15 minutes of a game.
  • Bruce Arena used the same lineup for the third consecutive game in all competitions. This was the first time since the entirety of the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs that the Galaxy had used the same lineup in three straight games.
  • They had not used the same lineup in three straight regular season games since June 2010 when LA used the same 11 starters on June 5, June 9 and June 26.
  • The only change to LA’s 18-man squad was the return of Michael Stephens on the bench in place of Rafael Garcia.
  • Marcelo Sarvas gave the Galaxy a 1-0 lead in the 65th minute, heading home a Robbie Keane cross.
  • This was the second straight game in which he had scored LA’s opening goal and the third time in the last four games dating back to June 29 against San Jose.
  • Hector Jimenez and Sean Franklin were each credited with assists on the goal with Jimenez providing the final cross for Sarvas to head home.
  • That was the second assist of the season for Jimenez, tying a career-high. Three of his four goals in MLS have come on the road.
  • For Franklin, it was his first assist of the season and second in as many road games against the Timbers.
  • LA’s lead would only last 10 minutes before Ryan Johnson equalized for the Timbers.
  • The goal was just the third allowed by LA this season in the opening 30 minutes of games.
  • The ten minutes between the Galaxy taking the lead and the game being back on level terms was the shortest period between LA going in front and the game being re-tied since March 17 when Jack McBean gave LA a 1-0 lead in the 83rd minute, only to have Chivas USA equalize six minutes later.
  • Omar Gonzalez nearly headed the Galaxy back in front in the 35th minute, only to see his header hit the post.
  • Six minutes later, Gyasi Zardes appeared to head LA in front, only to have his goal called back for a foul.
  • That goal was also the first goal that LA scored that was neither scored by or assisted on by Robbie Keane, snapping a string of six straight tallies in which Keane had two goals and four assists.
  • This was the third straight game in which the Galaxy were tied at the half and the first time that they lost one of those games. LA are now just 1-5-1in the regular season when tied at the half on the road.
  • Robbie Keane exited the game in the 79th minute, coming off for Jack McBean. This was just the second time that Keane did not play the full 90 minutes in a game that he started this season.
  • Andrew Jean-Baptiste scored the game-winning goal in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time. That was the third game-winning goal allowed by the Galaxy in second half stoppage time this season.
  • Diego Valeri assisted on both Portland goals, becoming the sixth different player to register multiple assists in a game against the Galaxy
  • LA have now allowed eight goals in second half stoppage time this year, going 0-6-0 when doing so.
  • Carlo Cudicini finished the game with three saves, including a double save in the 61st minute that kept the score tied at 1-1.
  • Former Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts finished with four saves while both goalkeepers were booked in second half stoppage time.
  • Those were two of the seven yellow cards shown in the game with A.J. DeLaGarza and Marcelo Sarvas each booked by referee Baldomero Toledo.
  • That was the seventh yellow card of the year for Sarvas, leaving him one caution shy of a one-game suspension.
  • After recording 23 shots in each of their last two games, the Galaxy managed just 10 shots on the night, though they outshot Portland 10-7.
  • The Galaxy and Timbers will meet again at JELD-WEN Field on Sunday night with that game set to start at 6 p.m. A web stream of the action will be available through
  • The first team will be back in action at home on Saturday night when they host Vancouver Whitecaps FC at StubHub Center. That game, which is presented by First 5 California, kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes.