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Jul 23

Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy Preview, July 23, 2016

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Two of the hottest teams in MLS right now face off for the second time this season in league play. The teams tied 1-1 back on April 10 in Portland, though it took an 84′ minute own goal by the Timbers for LA to draw even, The teams actually met on one other occasion as well in the US Open Cup on June 29 in Portland, with LA coming away with a 1-0 win.

The Galaxy have won their past three league games (all by shutout) and overall in all competitions have only lost once in ten games. They last beat Seattle 4-2 in Open Cup play on Wednesday.

Portland also most recently beat Seattle, having won 3-1 at home against their Cascadia Cup rivals last Sunday, backed by a brace from Diego Valeri who had just returned from injury. The Timbers have only one loss (vs LA in the Open Cup) in their last 11 competitions overall and have only allowed two goals in their last four MLS games. They’ve only¬†lost two games at home this season, while LA has only won two on the road.

Each team has scored 32 goals in the league, though the Galaxy hold the advantage in goals against, only giving up 18 goals all season, good enough for second best in the league.

A key player missing this match will be Timbers’ captain and CB Liam Ridgewell who is out with tightness in his calf.

Galaxy could be the more tired team having played in the Open Cup Wednesday and are generally much weaker on the road. Portland will be missing a key defender though and may have expended a lot of energy beating their Cascadia rivals last week. Given how strong Portland has been though of late, it’s hard to see them losing twice at home to LA in the span of a month. Keep in mind they only tied LA in the first MLS matchup this year because of an own goal. That being said the Galaxy have also hit their stride of late as well.

Given the current form of both teams it’s hard to see much difference between the clubs and a draw seems most likely.

 

Back the draw at +240