The LA Galaxy extended their unbeaten streak in Reserve League play to three games with a 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers in front of more than 6,000 fans at JELD-WEN Field on Saturday night. Leonardo and Chad Barrett each scored inside the opening 30 minutes while Josh Saunders made his first appearance in more than a month, making one save to earn the win.
The Galaxy went in front after just three minutes when Leonardo got on the end of a Kyle Nakazawa freekick and volleyed it past Portland goalkeeper Joe Bendik, putting LA in front 1-0.
However, the night would end for the Brazilian center back just seven minutes later as he was taken off with a right knee injury to be replaced by Sebastian Velazquez.
LA doubled their lead in the 30th minute when Chad Barrett scored his first goal of the season in the Reserve League. Just like the first goal, their second came from Nakazawa freekick, with the former UCLA midfielder sending a cross to the far post for Jack McBean. McBean cushioned a header back into the path of Barrett, who powered his header past Bendik to double the Galaxy lead.
Portland cut the Galaxy lead in half midway through the second half when Eric Alexander sent Saunders the wrong way with a penalty kick following a Rafael Garcia foul.
However, that would be as close as the hosts would get as LA held on for their second win of the season. The Galaxy are back in action in Reserve League play on Tuesday, June 12 when they head north to Canada to take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC. LA and Portland will face one another once again in regular season action on Sunday, June 17 in their second meeting of the year at The Home Depot Center. That game kicks off at 4 p.m. and can be seen live on KDOC and KWHY.
LA Galaxy 2, Portland Timbers 1
Saturday, June 2, 2012
JELD-WEN Field – Portland, Ore.
LA – Leonardo (Kyle Nakazawa) 3’
LA – Chad Barrett (Jack McBean, Kyle Nakazawa) 30’
POR – Eric Alexander (Penalty Kick) 67’
POR – Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Yellow Card) 52’
LA – Bryan Jordan (Yellow Card) 56’
POR – Charles Renken (Yellow Card) 86’
LA Galaxy: Josh Saunders; Tommy Meyer, Leonardo (Sebastian Velasquez^ 10’), David Junior Lopes, Bryan Jordan; Rafael Garcia, Kenney Walker, Michael Stephens, Kyle Nakazawa; Chad Barrett (Jose Villarreal 84’), Jack McBean (Mario Rodriguez^ 70’).
Subs Not Used: Brian Perk, Javan Torre^
^ - Galaxy Academy Players
Portland Timbers: Joe Bendik; Cam Vickers, Ryan Kawulok, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Chris Taylor; Charles Renken, (Anthony Macchione 88’), Freddie Braun, Eric Alexander, Brent Richards; Sebastian Rincon, Mike Fucito (Tracy Hasson 65’).
Subs Not Used: Brian Rowe, Pancho Duenas, Jin Gyu-Won.
Referee: Paul Nothman
Referee’s Assistants: Farhad Dadkho and Oscar Rivas
4th Official: Cesar Tercero