MLS to address LA Galaxy's viral Portland Timbers diving video

Grant Wahl
Sports Illustrated
The pair's actions resulted in the sending off of the LA Galaxy's Jelle Van Damme in Portland's 1-0 victory.

MLS won't suspend Portland's Chara, Guzman for diving vs. Galaxy

The pair's actions resulted in the sending off of the LA Galaxy's Jelle Van Damme in Portland's 1-0 victory.

The LA Galaxy went viral on Monday with an admittedly hilarious video showing Portland's Diego Chara and David Guzman diving from Sunday's game to a soundtrack in various iconic scenes.

The video was more pointedly in response to Jelle Van Damme being sent off after Chara and Guzman appeared to dive in a succession of plays that wound up as yellow-card offenses, with LA being forced to play the final 55 minutes of the 1-0 loss with 10 men.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the video has had more than 26,000 retweets (and counting), but not everyone is laughing. An MLS league source says: "The league office is going to address it" with the Galaxy.

PRO referees chief Peter Walton says he had seen the video and didn't want to be involved. A Galaxy spokesperson, meanwhile, said the intent was to put together a fun piece of content for social media purposes. (Portland owner Merritt Paulson emphasized that the Timbers did not complain to the league.)

Bottom line: Sadly, we may not see any more videos quite like this from MLS clubs in the future. 

This article was originally published on si.com

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