MLS matchup report: Portland Timbers vs. L.A. Galaxy handicapping

Matchup: Timbers vs Galaxy Insight

Who would have guessed that the Portland Timbers would only have 13 points through 12 matches? And yet they still have an advantage over the defending champions.

Matchup: Portland Timbers (3-5-4) vs LA Galaxy (3-8-2)
Date: Sunday, June 17, 2012
Time: Kick-off: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: The Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Spread: Galaxy -118 | Timbers +260 | Draw +400
Over/Under: 2.5
Odds provided by Bovada

The Galaxy have struggled mightily all year long to just 11 points in 13 matches, and even though they had an earlier stretch where they looked as though things could be coming together.

That was not the case. Not even close really.

The Galaxy will arrive at the stadium, losers of four straight matches. They have not won a match since April 21– an eight-match streak. To make matters even worse, they have only drawn twice during that span.

Los Angeles has picked up just two points in two months.

Throw in the Galaxy’s elimination from the CONCACAF Champions League at the hands of Toronto FC and it’s safe to say that LA is at an early season crossroads.

Meanwhile, Portland has not been much better, but it may be that the Timbers have actually started to turn things around. They have lost one match in their last six, while mixing in a couple of wins, and three draws during that span.

Timbers vs. Galaxy

Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy Betting Odds & Handicapping

The trends point out that Portland will at least get something from this match, but with Landon Donovan returning to the Galaxy, you cannot count them out just yet.

Players to Watch:

Los Angeles – Landon Donovan 10 Appearances 2 Goals

He has not been the same player this year with people doubting his desire to play the game. He may have silenced some of those critics with his recent five-match run with the National team.

It started with a bang, but he rather faded off from there.

No one could question his desire out there though, and if that carries back to the Galaxy, you could see a reinvigorated side.

Portland – Kris Boyd 12 Appearances 4 Goals

The sniping Scotsman Kris Boyd is the leading scorer for the Timbers. His last came two matches ago against the Whitecaps. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised for him to find the back of the net again on Sunday.

It’s about time the Timbers turned a corner, and sometimes, the easiest place to start is with a clean sheet. If Timbers veteran ‘keeper Troy Perkins can pull that off, his squad is guaranteed of at least a point.

Perkins had a career-high nine shutouts last season but has yet to achieve the feat in 2012.

Sunday is that day.

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