For me, the goals were the highlight of the game. The lead up to Donovan's goal was pretty. Before passing the ball to Donovan, Robbie Keane schooled Eric Brunner. Then, our captain fired from a distance to make the equalizer. To make the second goal, Juninho muscled the ball away from Darlington Nagbe before making an unstoppable blast in the 83rd minute. Finally, the stoppage goal was a textbook Beckham bender.
Defensively, we looked much better. While I was a little worried when I didn't see A.J. DeLaGarza in the lineup, David Junior Lopes held his own. The former Chivas USA player strengthened the backline but also helped the offense. In fact, the Brazilian had three shots including one shot on goal. I'm still concerned about the depth in our backline and eagerly await the return of Leonardo. Also, the Galaxy haven't been able to record a shutout this year.
The game could have easily gone in the other direction. Timbers' striker Kris Boyd notched the first goal of the night. Minutes later, he scored again but the goal was deemed offside. The call was questionable. Later, Eric Alexander hit the woodwork. Portland had several other chances but Saunders and the backline were able to save the close ones.
Still, we definitely outplayed the Timbers. Overall, we had 17 attempts on goal and 11 were on frame. On the other hand, Portland had eight shots and only three were on target. In addition, our passing accuracy was far better than it was against Sporting Kansas City and the New England Revolution. Finally, we possessed the ball and won more duels than in previous matches.
It seems that the Los Angeles Galaxy have gotten out of their slump. Likewise, the win was a definite confidence booster for both players and fans. Still, we need another victory to gain some winning momentum. Teams are out to topple the former MLS champs. In order to do well, we will have to put our best foot forward each and every game.
Melissa Matters is a long time Los Angeles resident and devoted Los Angeles Galaxy fan.
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