Timbers Fall After First Half Flurry by Galaxy
July 14, 2012, 10:22 pm
An early Kris Boyd gave Portland the lead, but a four-goals-in-nine-minutes flurry by the LA Galaxy put the Timbers in a hole they couldn't dig themselves out of.
Without John Spencer on the sidelines for the first time in their MLS history, the Timbers came out looking energized and loose after Boyd's 3rd minute strike.
That score remained for about a quarter-hour until the Galaxy unleashed a fury of goals in about a ten minute stretch.
It began in the 19th minute when an open David Beckham bolted a shot into the top left corner of the goal.
Five minutes later, Beckham bent a free kick in only the way he can past Perkins for another goal.
Listen to David Beckham's second goal
Already stunned by the recent turn of events, the Galaxy went up 3-1 in the 27th minute on a Landon Donovan penalty kick after a Kosuke Kimura foul in the box.
Tired of seeing Beckham and Donovan having all the fun, Robbie Keane decided to get in on the action in the 28th minute with a left-footed shot that found the bottom left corner of the net.
Stunned and stupefied by what just happened, the Timbers were never able to recover.
A Kosuke Kimura goal in the 34th minute narrowed the gap to 4-2, but Robbie Keane extended the Galaxy's lead back out to three with his second goal of the game in 64th minute.
A final 70th minute goal by Boyd gave us the 5-3 score that would hold up till the end of the game. Boyd's second goal came on a free kick that he rocketed by LA keeper Josh Saunders.
Listen to Boyd's second goal
The loss was Portland's first at Jeld-Wen Field since April 7th. The Timbers fall to 5-9-4 on the season and remain stuck on 19 points.
They play Chivas USA next on Wednesday at 1:00PM.