LA vs Portland Matchup Insight
The Portland Timbers are not off to a great start this season with 1 win, 1 draw, and 3 wins in their first 5 matches, but maybe they will be lucky and the Galaxy will continue their bad play. The Galaxy are the defending MLS champs, but have not been playing like it with 1 win and 3 losses this season.
L.A. is struggling on both sides of the pitch, especially on defense, as they have only scored 5 goals and conceded 8.
This season Portland has scored 7 goals and given up 8 goals.
Robbie Keane has 3 o the Galaxy’s 5 goals this season and he is the guy Portland has to key on. Landon Donovan only has 2 shots on goals this season and he has not tickled the twine this season. Is this his coming out match? The fans of the Galaxy have been waiting for that and maybe they will see that this Saturday facing a Portland defense that has given up 5 goals in their last 2 matches.
Darlinton Nagbe and Kris Boyd have combined for 5 goals this season and if L.A. and their defense, which has been sketchy so far this season, struggles again these guys will make them pay.
This game is in La La Land, which is not good for the Timbers, as they have yet to win on the road this season and away from their rabid fan base they seem to be a different squad.
The Galaxy really miss 2011 MLS Defender of the Year Omar Gonzalez and unless their figure out their back line soon they will be behind the 8-ball to try to repeat.
David Beckham has been a no-show this season and he will need to play well in the midfield in this match to at least lead the Galaxy to a time of possession win, which will give them a better chance to get back in the W column.
Last season these 2 teams split the season series with each winning on their home pitch by a score of 3-0.
Portland Last 3 Matches
Mar 24 New England 1 Portland Timbers 0 (MLS)
Mar 31 Portland Timbers 2 Real Salt Lake 3 (MLS)
Apr 7 Portland Timbers 1 Chivas USA 2 (MLS)
L.A. Angeles Last 3 Matches
Mar 18 Los Angeles 3 DC United 1 (MLS)
Mar 31 Los Angeles 1 New England 3 (MLS)
Apr 7 Kansas City 1 Los Angeles 0 (MLS)
Prediction: Yeah the Galaxy have struggled to begin the season and that is one of the big stories so far. However, they are at home facing a Timbers’ team that has not played well on the road and I think L.A. will get a win in this match.