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

consecutive sellout.

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