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September 29, 2013 3:30 PM EDT
Providence Park — Portland, Oregon
Referee:‬ I. Elfath‎
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MLS Preview: Portland Timbers - LA Galaxy

The Portland Timbers and Los Angeles Galaxy meet at Jeld-Wen Field on Sunday in a battle to secure a top three playoff spot in the MLS Western Conference

By Ives Galarcep

Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers, MLS
Steve Dykes
The last time the Los Angeles Galaxy played at Jeld-Wen Field, a last-minute goal handed the Galaxy a tough loss, and Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter and Galaxy coach Bruce Arena exchanged heated words after the final whistle. The two coaches will probably be on better behavior when they meet again on Sunday night, but their teams stand a good chance of playing another tightly-contested and heated clash.

The Galaxy tied the Seattle Sounders last week, and could be without Landon Donovan for a second straight match as he recovers from a hamstring injury. Without him, the Galaxy could struggle to break through a tough Timbers defense that has held LA to one goal scored in two previous meetings.

The Timbers attack is lead by the red-hot Diego Valeri, who has scored in each of the Timbers past three matches. The Argentine playmaker is putting together an MVP-caliber season, but he will face a tough test from Galaxy midfielders Juninho and Marcelo Sarvas.



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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Sep 29, 2013 Portland Timbers 1 - Los Angeles Galaxy 0
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Jul 13, 2013 Portland Timbers 2 - Los Angeles Galaxy 1
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Jun 19, 2013 Los Angeles Galaxy 0 - Portland Timbers 0
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Jul 14, 2012 Portland Timbers 3 - Los Angeles Galaxy 5
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Jun 17, 2012 Los Angeles Galaxy 1 - Portland Timbers 0
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Available Squads
1Donovan RickettsGoalkeeper
5Michael HarringtonDefender
44Pa-Modou KahDefender
98Mamadou DansoDefender
4Will JohnsonStriker
8Diego ValeriMidfielder
13Jack JewsburyDefender
21Diego Ferney CharáMidfielder
6Darlington NagbeStriker
22Rodney WallaceDefender
37Maximiliano UrrutiStriker
-Milos KocicGoalkeeper
23Alvas PowellDefender
16Andrew-Jean BaptisteDefender
11Kalif AlhassanMidfielder
14Ben ZemanskiMidfielder
20A. ValenciaStriker
-Ryan JohnsonDefender
18J. PenedoGoalkeeper
2Todd DunivantDefender
4Omar GonzalezDefender
5Sean FranklinDefender
28Kofi OpareDefender
8Marcelo Sarvas Striker
12Hector JimenezMidfielder
19JuninhoMidfielder
7Robbie KeaneStriker
10Landon DonovanStriker
11Gyasi ZardesStriker
12Brian RoweGoalkeeper
21Tommy MeyerDefender
25Pablo MastroeniMidfielder
-Laurent CourtoisMidfielder
25Rafa GarcíaMidfielder
-Michael StephensMidfielder
33Jose VillarrealStriker
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
Striker
Rangers
3 2