It's not often MLS' best team gets completely outplayed, but that's exactly what happened Wednesday night. In a match Galaxy fans have been predicting for weeks, the Galaxy went down 3-0 to the Portland Timbers and really the game wasn't that close. In ninety minutes, the Galaxy only managed one shot on target. While they controlled possession to a wide margin, they were useless with the ball, with no accurate passing between the levels. The Los Angeles Galaxy looked without an offensive spark, to a degree not seen since the 4-0 loss in Salt Lake.
The defensive changes everyone hoped for came at halftime, with Juan Pablo Angel and Michael Stephens coming out, and Adam Cristman coming in with Miguel Lopez. It's unfortunate when it's the logical choice to replace one of your Designated Players at halftime, but that's the boat the Galaxy are in. Dan Keat saw some playing time too, one of the few bright spots of the match. He came in for Juninho in the 81'. Keat didn't waste his time, taking two shots, the only other player with more than one shot beside Chris Birchall.
Portland scored it's third goal on a header from a corner kick. Sal Zizzo took it, and Eric Brunner managed to get his head above the rest in the 68'. The 6'4" defender had scored one goal this season. This was the dagger that put the LA Galaxy away for good.
While the Galaxy's undefeated streak had to end sometime, it's hard to see it come in such an embarrassing fashion. The team will need to come back to Los Angeles and regroup quickly, as they'll host FC Dallas on Saturday. The loss was only the third of the season for the Galaxy, who last lost on May 2nd to Dallas in Frisco, Tx.