CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy Insider Adam Serrano provides his Three Things from the Galaxy’s 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers on Sunday evening.
ALESSANDRINI SCORES A GOAL BUT EXITS DUE TO INJURY
It was a tale of two halves for Romain Alessandrini.
The LA Galaxy’s dynamic Frenchman notched the team’s second goal of the evening with a put-back off his shot in the 34th minute for the eventual game-winner. A key cog in the Galaxy offense from the opening kickoff, the Frenchman’s night went sour in the 60th minute when he pulled up with an apparent right hamstring injury that forced him from the match.
Postgame, Schmid did not have an update on the Frenchman whose status will be a hot topic of discussion this week.
KAMARA OPENS HIS ACCOUNT FOR LOS ANGELES
Ola Kamara didn’t need much time to show LA Galaxy fans exactly why he was the team’s critical attacking addition this offseason.
Kamara put the home side on the board first in the 32nd minute when he chested down a Rolf Feltscher cross for his first league goal in a Galaxy uniform. After his goal, the target man continued to hassle the Timbers backline nearly finding the back of the net late to ice the match and coming painfully close on an attempt that was ruled offside in the second half.
As the Galaxy move forward to the rest of the season, Kamara's showing is a positive sign of what lies on the horizon.
GALAXY STILL HAVE PLENTY OF WORK TO DO
The LA Galaxy may have picked up the win, but there are still plenty of kinks for Sigi Schmid and his coaching staff to work out in the weeks ahead.
The Galaxy may have appeared dominant on the scoresheet, but the team was unlucky not to concede twice as costly turnovers by Michael Ciani and Jonathan dos Santos led to clear-cut chances that were ultimately squandered by the Timbers. In the second half, a different issue sprung up as both Ema Boateng, and Giovani dos Santos both missed surefire opportunities to add to the Galaxy’s advantage.
Ahead of next week’s clash with New York City FC, expect Schmid to ask his squad to tighten up the miscues.