Diego Valeri delivered a second-half equalizer, and the Portland Timbers salvaged a 1-1 draw with the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday at Providence Park.
The draw ends the Timbers’ six-game winning streak, among the longest in MLS history.
Chris Pontius scored for the Galaxy, who played with star Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the bench for the majority of the match.
Ibrahimovic played 90 minutes in Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to FC Dallas. He entered Saturday’s game in the 71st minute with the score tied 1-1. He was unable to make an impact in his time on the pitch.
Andres Flores created the penalty kick for the Timbers with a strong run into the Galaxy box. He was brought down by the shoulder of LA defender Jorgen Skjelvic. Valeri capitalized on the penalty kick, getting Galaxy keeper David Bingham diving to his left and finishing up high in the opposite corner in the 57th minute.
In the 20th minute, Pontius managed to gather a pass from Emmanuel Boateng in traffic at the top of the box and get off a left-footed blast on a bouncing ball that snuck past a diving attempt from Portland keeper Jeff Attinella and inside the far post. It was Pointus’ second goal of the season.
Portland had a bevy of quality chances, including a one-on-one opportunity inside the box for Diego Chara midway through the first half. Chara tried to go near post, but was stoned by Bingham, one of his six first-half saves. Bingham finished with nine saves.
Chara picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 61st minute and will miss Wednesday’s game against San Jose due to yellow card accumulation.
The Galaxy will take the pitch again Wednesday in open play against Golden State. They return to MLS play on June 9 against Real Salt Lake.
—Field Level Media