Timbers run over Galaxy, 3-0
Timbers handle 10-man LA in second half
The Portland Timbers answered the call of a hardcore first-half tackle with a trio of second-half goals and beat the LA Galaxy Saturday at Providence Park in MLS play.
Felipe Mora scored two goals and Diego Valeri added a PK as the Timbers won 3-0 and moved up to sixth place in the Western Conference.
The win was the second shutout for Portland with Logan Ketterer, playing on loan from El Paso of the USL, in goal. Ketterer, who stopped San Jose 2-0 last weekend, had three saves in Saturday's match.
Portland dominated the second half in part due to a man advantage after Derrick Williams was sent off late in the first half for a tackle on Andy Polo, who left and returned on crutches on the sidelines midway through the second half.
Polo's replacement, Mora, headed home a cross from Jose Van Rankin just 90 seconds into the second half to break the scoreless tie. He found the net in the 60th minute by finishing off a wild sequence of shots and saves with a short-range header.
Valeri, who missed a PK twice in a loss to Seattle two weeks ago, hammered home his chance this weekend in the 69th minute after Mora had drawn the chance when he was fouled while advancing to the net.
Galaxy keeper Jonathan Bond, despite giving up three goals, made nine saves during the match.
Portland (3-3-0, 9 points) returns to action Sunday in Philadelphia, taking on the Union (2-2-2, 8 pts).