Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Andrew Jean-Baptiste scored in the dying
moments to give the Portland Timbers a dramatic 2-1 win over the Los Angeles
Galaxy at Jeld-Wen Field on Saturday.
The two teams traded goals in the first half and it looked like it would be a
point apiece for the two sides, who entered the match level on 30 points.
But the Timbers won a late corner kick deep into stoppage time and Diego
Valeri's cross was headed home by Jean-Baptiste to clinch three points for his
side, which moves into second place in the Western Conference with the win.
The Galaxy went in front after 17 minutes when a right-wing cross was
delivered by Hector Jimenez to the head of an unmarked Marcelo Sarvas,
allowing him to redirect the ball past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.
However, Portland responded 10 minutes later and leveled the contest on a
quickly-taken free kick which played Darlington Nagbe into the area, where he
squared the ball to Ryan Johnson for a simple tap in.
Los Angeles had two good chances before halftime as Omar Gonzalez saw his
header come back off the post, while Ricketts produced a fine reaction save to
deny Juninho's free kick.
Carlo Cudicini came up big for the Galaxy in the second half when he made a
double save to keep the score even.
He first parried a shot from Frederic Piquionne and then deflected the rebound
attempt from Johnson past the near post.
Gyasi Zardes had a good chance for the Galaxy snuffed out by Ricketts eight
minutes from time, but Jean-Baptiste had the final say as the Timbers bounced
back from a defeat against Columbus last weekend.
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