Timbers 2, Galaxy 1
Andrew Jean-Baptiste had been planning a celebration for just
this kind of moment.
The young Portland defender doffed his shirt after his goal in
stoppage time gave the Portland Timbers a 2-1 victory over the Los
Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night.
”Game winner. Nice body. Why not?” Jean-Baptiste joked.
His header got past Los Angeles goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini in the
94th minute after Ryan Johnson had evened the score at 1-all in the
27th minute. It was Jean-Baptiste’s first goal of the season.
With the victory, Portland moved into second place in the
Western Conference behind Real Salt Lake.
The Galaxy were without forward Landon Donovan, who is playing
with the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Donovan scored his
53rd career international goal and the United States defeated Cuba
4-1 in Salt Lake City earlier on Saturday.
The Timbers were without Will Johnson, playing for Canada, and
Rodney Wallace, playing for Costa Rica, in the Gold Cup. Frederic
Piquionne, who played in Martinique’s first two Gold Cup games, was
listed as a reserve for Portland against the Galaxy.
The Galaxy had won two straight, including a 2-0 victory over FC
Dallas at home last Sunday.
”We’re frustrated, we’re angry,” defender Sean Franklin said.
”We’re a good team, we’re better than that, with the kind of team
and talent we have. We have too much experience on this team to get
zero points on the road.”
The Timbers were coming off a 1-0 road loss to the Columbus Crew
last weekend, which snapped a 15-match undefeated streak for
Portland under first-year coach Caleb Porter.
The Galaxy went ahead 1-0 on Marcelo Sarvas’ well-placed header
in the 18th minute. The Timbers had not conceded a goal at Jeld-Wen
Field in a league game since March 9.
Portland tied it when Darlington Nagbe fed a free kick to a
charging Ryan Johnson to beat Cudicini. It was Ryan Johnson’s sixth
goal of the season, tying him with Will Johnson for the team
Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts defended a dangerously
close penalty kick from Juninho, tipping it over the goal in the
37th minute. A few moments later, Ricketts came far out of the goal
for a sliding stop on Gyasi Zardes’ breakaway.
He made another key save on another Zardes attempt in the 82nd
Jean Baptiste said he never actually saw his goal go in.
”I heard the cheering, I saw the net move and I didn’t see
their guy get up happy,” he said. ”I was pretty sure it was a
Afterward Porter flashed a thumbs-up to the crowd.
”Winning teams, when you need more, you get more,” porter
said. ”Losing teams shrink.”
Attendance was announced at 20,674 for the Timbers’ 43rd
The two teams played to a scoreless draw on June 19 in Carson.
The Galaxy is 4-2-1 all-time over the Timbers, who joined MLS in