Los Angeles Galaxy racked up their second win of the season last evening in a come-from-behind victory over the visiting Portland Timbers off of strong performances from its core veterans – and a central defender three days new to the team.
Game summary and match impressions after the jump.
This weekend’s performance was definitely a heartbreaker for the Timbers with Real Salt Lake winning 3-2 with the final goal in the last minute of play. However, all was not lost in that game as most of the soccer players were dripping wet from the poring rain. And it was the debut of their retro third kits so they were soaking wet. I have to say I got distracted by all the good looking Timbers players throughout the game.
Another good thing was that throughout the game, the Timbers Army’s new pride flag was on display. It is great to see the Timbers Army have a great message last night in showing the red card to racism and homophobia.
What happens when Portland Timbers coach John Spencer is doing an interview from the sidelines and is being questioned about subbing in Darlington Nagbe just as Nagbe scores a goal? He gives a goal call to rival the best announcers in the world.
Must have been the luck of the Irish that day as Portland came from behind to tie with FC Dallas 1-1 and have a total of 4 points so far this season. It’s a great start when compared to last season?
The Portland Timbers’ Andrew Jean-Baptiste, a rookie defender from the University of Connecticut, is one of our soccer allies here on gay4soccer. He wasn’t even supposed to play Monday night because another new signing Hanyer Mosquera was going to start. However, Mosquera couldn’t play because he was in Columbia dealing with his international transfer.
In a sense this was a blessing for people because Jean-Baptiste scored the first goal of the Timbers season. The Timbers won 3-1 over the Union in their first and last meeting of the season with the Philadelphia Union because of the unbalanced schedule. This puts the Timbers in a tie for first place with Real Salt Lake and the Vancouver Whitecaps. Lets see if this trend can continue; good luck Andrew.
(Picture from the Oregonian)
I was really excited to actually see all three Portland Invitational games streamed on the Portland Timbers website. Congratulations to the front office for making the tournament a success and being able to have fans watch it live on the website rather than seeing it through tweets. The tournament was action-packed and had huge attendance for a preseason tournament!
Overall I think the Timbers were amazing in their preseason,including the tournament. They never lost a match with 3 ties and 4 wins. They only allowed two goals (one of which was an own goal). They improved on their defense and their offense as well, but its far from perfection at this point. A couple of articles in the Oregonian have scores on how each player did in the games of the Portland Tournament.
I cannot wait till First Kick this weekend knowing that I am excited for the Timbers playing the Philadelphia Union. It will be very interesting and John Spencer has some difficult choices to make knowing that each position has some huge depth:
Who will be the starting striker with Kris Boyd: Perlaza, Nagbe, or Dike?
Who will be another central defender: Futty Danso or Mosquera?
Who will start right defense: Rodney Wallace or Mike Chabala?
My favorite moment for the Portland Timbers in 2011 had to be the match against Chicago Fire — the home opener in Jeld-Wen Field. That was probably the best moment from start to finish because in the very beginning you had the Timbers Army sing the National Anthem as fans which is almost unheard of. On top of that they won the game as well seeing that was their first win of the season.
There is a lot to be said about the newest jersey that the Timbers have released. In a way this jersey is very retro (minus the Adidas logo) and brings back the Timbers to the time of the NASL days in 1975. The 70′s Timbers colors themselves green, yellow, and neutral white are a great combination and no color is too overpowering.
I love that this jersey has the collared look. It just seems very cool to me and is different and professional. The look itself is amazing because the Timbers not only announced that the jersey would be produced locally but also that it would be made from recyclable materials.
So after a couple of days of preseason down in California, Portland has wrapped up their last game against the Chicago Fire. The last game in California was a special 120 minute match that ended in a 2-0 win for the Timbers. T his week we had matchups with LA (4-1), Montreal (0-0), Houston (1-0), and Fire (2-0).
I have to say the Timbers showed up everybody this preseason so far. They have only let in only 1 goal the entire time they were down in California. That is very impressive seeing that last year it was our defense that seemed to have some difficulty — now this year our back line has definitely improved. They also are undefeated while in preseason as the last time they ever lost was back in 2010 back in the USL days.
So I read on Oregonlive.com and the Portland Timbers website that Eddie Johnson (yes the cute British boy that was out throughout most of last season with a concussion) is out indefinitely with another concussion sustained in training. REALLY? This is not good as we have so many people hurt that its turning out to be very scary for me early on (even before the MLS Season actually starts…not good.)
Then comes Darlington Nagbe being hurt during the match-up with the Galaxy so management is pretty cautious with him. I can see why as we already have had a concussion with one player and Boyd hasn’t had his work permit figured out yet either. He sustained this semi-injury during the match with a “bothersome right ankle.” This is the second striker in as many days with some sort of injury.
So lets just say this…. this was a great PRESEASON game against the Galaxy. I capitalized preseason because that is what it is — preseason. It doesn’t mean that much in the greater sense. The good thing about this game other than the players was the fact that the potential first round NFL draft pick Andrew Luck was there (he is pretty cute; not going to lie about that and I like his lime green sweatshirt). Here are my thoughts and reactions to the game in which the Timbers won 4-1.