All-Star Valeri Strikes as Timbers Beats Galaxy 3-1
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Diego Valeri scored a spectacular 30-yard goal in the 33rd minute to lead the Portland Timbers to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday.
The game got off to a frantic start, with two goals and one goal disallowed in the first 10 minutes because of the newly implemented Video Assistant Referee.
Timbers defender Liam Ridgewell started the action in the 5th minute when he headed a bouncing corner kick into the roof of the net for his second of the season.
A minute later, Joao Pedro threaded a pass behind the Portland defense for Emmanuel Boateng to race onto and slip a shot under Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson to tie the score.
Portland (3-6-3) added an insurance goal in the 53rd minute. Fanendo Adi charged toward goal, then backheeled the ball into the path of teammate Alvas Powell, who ripped a shot from a tight angle past Rowe.
The game marked the first appearance for Jonathan dos Santos with the Galaxy (5-5-1). The star midfielder was acquired from Villarreal on July 27th.