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  • May 11, 2014
  • • 2:30 PM
  • • Providence Park, Portland, Oregon
  • Referee: Armando Villarreal
  • • Attendance: 20804

Will Johnson Portland Timbers MLS 04122014

MLS Preview: Portland Timbers - LA Galaxy

Will Johnson Portland Timbers MLS 04122014

Steve Dykes

Fresh off their first win of 2014, the Timbers will look to make it two in a row when the Galaxy come to Providence Park.

After taking nine games to notch their first win of 2014, the Portland Timbers will hope to earn that second victory in much prompter fashion.

Following last weekend's 3-2 win over D.C. United, the Timbers (1-3-5) will host the LA Galaxy (2-2-2) at Providence Park on Sunday (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN). After Portland finished first in the Western Conference last season and the Galaxy came in third, both teams find themselves in the bottom half of the conference following sluggish starts.

The Galaxy's position, however, is partially explained by a scheduling quirk that has seen them play fewer games than any other team in MLS. But it could be a tough climb back up the standings for LA, considering midfielder Landon Donovan and defender Omar Gonzalez will likely report to the U.S. national team's pre-World Cup camp next week and miss at least six games.

Gonzalez is set to miss Sunday's encounter as well as he recovers from a minor knee injury. The Galaxy also will be without midfielder Marcelo Sarvas (knee), while Portland hopes to have Michael Harrington available after the left back was limited in practice this week with an ankle injury.

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