CARSON, CA - APRIL 14: David Beckham #23 of the Los Angeles Galaxy waves before the game against the Portland Timbers at The Home Depot Center on April 14, 2012 in Carson, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Galaxy Vs. Timbers: LA Defeats Portland And Gets Back On Track

The Galaxy now have six points, and begin their climb from the Western Conference cellar.

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2012 MLS Standings: Galaxy And Chivas Both Continue To Climb

Both the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA began to climb out of the Western Conference cellar this weekend, with the Portland Timbers getting an LA sweep over the last two weeks. Two weeks ago, Chivas USA went up to Portland and defeated the Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field on a goal in the last ten minutes. This weekend in Los Angeles, Portland again gave up a goal in the 80+ portion of the match to come away with no points again.

For the Galaxy, the three points against Portland were their first in three matches, giving them six points on the year and past Portland into second to last. Chivas USA continued to build off their victory over Portland, defeating MLS' worst team Toronto FC over the weekend in Toronto. The Goats moved into a fifth place tie with Colorado with the three points, moving past Vancouver.

Vancouver has a tough one this week, surrendering their game in hand hosting a Wednesday match against Sporting Kansas City. They then host FC Dallas, while SKC heads down to Portland. It's a good weekend for both Los Angeles teams to pick up some ground.

Chivas hosts a struggling Philadelphia Union squad at The Home Depot Center, which is a winnable match for them. The Galaxy head off to Colorado, whom they can catch in the standings with a victory. After a month of March that was full of wailing and gnashing of teeth, it's looking like the LA clubs are poised to make a comeback.

For more on the Galaxy, check out LAG Confidential, and for Chivas USA head to The Goat Parade.


Galaxy Vs. Timbers: LA Defeats Portland, Juninho Scores The Game Winner, Final Score 3-1

CARSON, Calif -- The LA Galaxy defeated the Portland Timbers FC at The Home Depot Center tonight with the final score 3-1. Landon Donovan netted the equalizer, and in the 83' Juninho scored the go-ahead goal, his first goal of the season. David Beckham put the icing on the cake just before the end of the match. A.J DeLaGarza rested with an injury, replaced by new acquisition David Junior Lopes, and Chad Barrett started in place of a struggling Edson Buddle.

The game-winning goal came when it seemed the two teams were finally settling on the draw after coming up short on decent chances. Juninho, who became known last year for screaming balls from outside the box, fought off Diego Chara on a 50-50 ball then drilled a daisy cutter past Troy Perkins in the 83'.

David Beckham put things out of reach with his first goal of the year, from outside the box. He struck it hard and it just screamed on it's way into the near corner. While Juninho celebrated his goal with a samba move, David Beckham slid on his knees into the corner flag, a similar move to the Thierry Henry scene immortalized in front of the Emirates.

The Timbers struck first in the match, with a goal in the 23'. Kris Boyd was barely held onside by Todd Dunivant who was far away from the play. Eric Alexander spotted him and gave him a ball to run on to. Boyd rolled the ball past Dunivant from just inside the box, and it nestled into the far corner.

The Galaxy were able to equalize just before halftime. Robbie Keane was marked by Eric Brunner who slipped, allowing Keane to dribble to the baseline. Keane rolled a cross in from the near post, the ball bounced off a Portland defender and serendipitously onto the foot of Landon Donovan who smashed it past Troy Perkins.

Going into this match, the LA Galaxy had the lowest save percentage in MLS with 57.9% after having the highest save percentage in MLS last season (79.5%, stats according to Opta Sports). Josh Saunders went 2/3, which should help bring that up some. It's also encouraging that a center back pairing with two MLS appearances this season between them could keep Portland to just three shots on goal. Portland and LA remain two of five MLS teams without a clean sheet.

The Galaxy now have six points from five matches, as they try to climb out of the Western Conference cellar. Portland, surrendering late goals in three straight matches, now have the distinction of being the Western Conference's worst team. Still, they've done a mite better than Toronto FC, who have no points in five matches.


Galaxy Vs. Timbers: TV Info, Kickoff Time, and More

The LA Galaxy look to get back on the winning track, back at home to face Portland Timbers HC at The Home Depot Center. Here are the relevant details of Saturday night's MLS matchup:

Records: Galaxy (1-3-0, 3 pts); Timbers (1-3-1, 4 pts)

Location: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif

Time: 7:30 p.m. PDT

TV: KDOC with Mark Rogondino and Kobi Jones

Goals Per Match: Galaxy 1.25; Timbers 1.40

Goals Allowed Per Match: Galaxy 2.00; Timbers 1.60

Home vs. Road: The Galaxy only have one home victory this season in three tries. The Timbers have a loss and a draw on the road this season, scoring one goal and conceding two.

Series History: The Portland Timbers met the Galaxy twice in their inaugural season last year, with the teams splitting the series. The home team won the match in each meeting.

Mirror Image: Last year, the LA Galaxy defeated the Portland Timbers at the HDC 3-0. Portland then returned the favor at Jeld-Wen Field winning 3-0.

Losing streaks: Both teams will be looking to avoid losing streaks that would go into the record books. The Galaxy have lost two straight and have not lost three straight since Bruce Arena took over as manager. The Timbers have lost three straight, equaling their longest losing streak from their first year.

For more news and notes on Galaxy soccer, be sure to read LAG Confidential.


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