From all of us here at VAVEL USA we thank you for joining us in this 1-1 physical draw between the Galaxy and the Timbers on a cool Sunday night at the StubHub Center. This is Jorge Belon signing off.
Full Time: The Los Angeles Galaxy dropped two points in this match as they failed to convert on the 14 chances they created in the game. However, a fortunate own-goal levels the match 1-1 for LA. Los Angeles was also very lucky to end the game with all 11 players on the pitch, De Jong's tackle on Nagbe should of been a direct red card and that might have changed the final outcome of the match. However, in the end the Timbers and the Galaxy share the spoils in this physical match that saw 26 tackles, 22 fouls and four yellow cards shown between the two clubs.
'95: However, the play ends with the Timber clearing the ball and the game ends in a 1-1 draw
'95: Zardes earns LA's last corner of the match, Magee to take the set piece
'91: The match has turned chaotic as the Galaxy keep looking for the second goal, and the Timbers are trying to hang on for the draw.
'88: Portland makes their second substitute: Mattocks comes in for Valeri
'85: The Galaxy are running at full speed searching for the game winner
'84: The play started with Lletget sending a hopeful cross into the box. Borchers dove to attempt to head the ball out for a goal kick. Instead the MLS veteran headed the ball into the back of the net
'84: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LA receives some help from Portland as Borchers scores an own-goal to level the match 1-1
'82: The Galaxy has made their final substitute of the match: Gordon replaces Husidic
'80: LA has wasted multiple chances in the match and still find themselves down a goal
'78: Another corner for LA has led to the ball being cleared (0-1)
'76: Portland makes their first substitute, Grabavoy enters the match for the injured Nagbe
'76: Nagbe was forced to leave the match after the foul from De Jong through a stretcher
'73: De Jong benefits from the referee decision to show him a yellow card after tackling Nagbe with his studs on his ankle
'71:The Galaxy are throwing everything at the Timbers defense but nothing is coming from it
'70: LA's sixth corner of the match ends with the Timbers clearing the ball out of the box (0-1)
'68: Nagbe appears to have jam his toe after going in for a challenge. He will stay in the game but is walking with a little bit of a limp.
'66: Zardes finds Lletget in the box with space to fire a shot. However, the former U.S. youth international sends the ball wide for a goal kick (0-1)
'63: The Galaxy make their second substitute, Jamieson IV in for Dos Santos
'62: The Timbers at this point will be satisfied to live off counters and attempt to catch the Galaxy sleeping.
'59: LA has responded aggressively after conceding a goal. However, Timbers' goalkeeper Kwarasey has been making saves, plus poor decisions in the box have kept the Galaxy off the scoreboard.
'57: Zardes gets in the way of Magee before he takes a close range shot. In result, Magee placed the ball just wide of the left hand post (0-1).
'55: The Galaxy nearly tied the game but Kwarasey denies the Galaxy with a goal line save (0-1)
'52: Adi received the ball near the edge of the box. He took a few steps into the box and made Galaxy's defender Garcia freeze. He then blasted the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net to shock LA.
'52: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!! Adi breaks the deadlock and gives Portland the 1-0 lead on the road.
'50: Portland's offense has come to life as they are starting to connect passes
'49: The Timbers register their second shot of the match but Melano places the ball over the cross bar (0-0)
'48: Magee takes a shot from just outside the box, but the ball rolls just wide of the left hand post (0-0)
'47: LA's midfield is still in control of the ball
'45:And their back! The Galaxy start the half with the ball (0-0)
Halftime: The first half can easily be summed up for LA as wasted opportunities and poor first touches. Their execution in the second half will need to improve drastically if they want to pick up the three points at home. The Timbers need to just show more life in the midfield by doing basics and stringing more then two passes together.
Halftime: The first half ends with Lletget firing a ball well over the cross bar to keep the scoreless draw intact. LA was able to create seven shots but only three of them were place on target. The Timbers only registered one shot.
'43:However, the Galaxy fail to take advantage of the corner, as the play ends in an goal kick for Portland (0-0)
'42: LA gets another corner due to the Timber defender nervously heads the ball just over the crossbar (0-0)
'42: The Galaxy continue to push for the break through before halftime as they earn another corner
'39: Dos Santos take the set piece, but fails to put enough power on the ball as the Timbers clear the danger out of the box (0-0)
'38: Lletget's movement on the ball earns LA a free kick near the box
'35: The Timbers earned another corner, but the play ends with a foul in the Galaxy's favor (0-0)
'34: The tempo of the game is going back and forth. As both clubs are running at each other defenses but their final touch is not up to par
'32: Magee is able to get off a shot from the left hand part of the box. The ball sails past the post and for a corner kick (0-0)
'31: However, nothing comes from the corner and the Galaxy calmly clear the ball (0-0)
'30: Timbers earn their first corner of the match, Valeri to take it
'29: Portland has slowed down the match and put pressure on the home clubs defense. However, their execution in the final third has been poor
'26: The Galaxy continue to make runs and passes around the box. However, their touch in the final third is lacking accuracy,
'23: The game has opened up a bit. LA nearly takes the lead when Zardes attempts to find Dos Santos in the center of the box. But the Timbers defender barely made enough contact on the ball to keep the Galaxy off the scoreboard (0-0)
'21: Timbers' Melano bailed on the flat footed Galaxy defense as he failed to make contact on Valeri's cross and the ball rolled just wide of the left hand post (0-0)
'18: The Timbers are starting to now get some time on the ball
'17: However, Dos Santos failed to take advantage of the dangerous set piece and blasts the ball directly towards the wall. Another wasted opportunity for LA (0-0)
'17: Borchers receives up the games first yellow card
'16: Zardes makes a dangerous run to the top of the penalty box. Before he was able to fire off a shot Borchers fouled him
'15: However, nothing but high header and a goal kick comes from LA corner (0-0)
'14: Galaxy earn their first corner of the game, Magee to take it
'12: The Galaxy are starting to take control in the midfield and are producing a few more dangerous chances.
'11: It has been reported that Rogers has suffered a hip contusion
'10: Portland's defenders Powell is not able to clear the ball from the penalty box with his header. The ball lands perfectly for Husidic at the top of the box and takes a half volley but Kwarasey makes the save. (0-0)
'9: Dos Santos and De Jong are both very active in the match early for LA
'8: Garcia enters the game for the injured Rogers
'6: The medical staff has helped Rogers walk off the pitch and it appears the former U.S. international day is done.
'5: Rogers is once again down and appears to be in a lot of pain.
'5: Neither side has yet to find rhythm of keep possession of the ball for long periods.
'2: Rogers is walking around with a limp but appears to be shaking it off. LA's head coach and general manager Bruce Arena will most likely be keeping an eye on him as the game progresses.
'1: LA has a nervous moment when Rogers seems in pain from his hip after challenging for a ball.
'1: And we are off as the Timbers start the game with possession of the ball.
Both of clubs are in need of three points out of this match to get their season back on track.
The national anthem has been sung and the game is just seconds away from starting.
The players are walking out onto the pitch and the excitement is starting to grow around the stadium.
Referee: Allen Chapman
Portland's bench players: Jake Gleeson, Zarek Valentin, Taylor Peay, Ned Grabavoy, Jack McInerney, Darren Mattocks, Jack Bamby
Timbers starting lineup: Adam Kwarasey, Alvas Powell, Jermaine Taylor, Nat Borchers, Chris Klute, Jack Jewsbury, Diego Chará, Darlington Nagbe, Diego Valeri, Lucas Melano, Fanendo Adi
LA's bench players: Clement Diop, Alan Gordon, Ari Lassiter, Emmanuel Boateng, Rafael Garcia, Dave Romney, Bradford Jamieson IV
The starting lineup for the Galaxy: Brian Rowe, Robbie Rogers, Daniel Steres, Jelle Van Damme, Ashley Cole, Mike Magee, Nigel de Jong, Giovani Dos Santos, Baggio Husidic, Sebastian Lletget, Gyasi Zardes
Hello ladies and gentleman this is Jorge Belon, and we are live from the StubHub Center on this Sunday night. We are in store to watch the Los Angeles Galaxy take on the Portland Timbers in this heavy wight Western Conference match up.