2020 MLS Routine Season — Week 21
Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy
Providence Park — Portland
October 28– 7:00 PM PT
TELEVISION:ESPN, ESPN Deportes in United States
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The Portland Timbers have their sights set on first place in the Western Conference,, and clinching a berth in the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, when they handle the last-place LA Galaxy Wednesday night at Providence Park.
The Timbers (9W-5L-5D) are coming off a 1-1 draw versus the Seattle Sounders and are one point behind first-place Sporting Kansas City, while the Galaxy (5W-9L-3D) suffered a 2-0 defeat to rival LAFC at Banc of California Stadium Sunday.
This is the 3rd meeting this season with the Timbers getting better from a 3-2 house defeat on Sept. 2 to beat the Galaxy 6-3 in Carson a month later on with Jeremy Ebobisse and Felipe Mora both scoring a brace.
Gio Savarese called it a “ideal game” till the Timbers yielded a stoppage-time equalizer for a second successive match to choose a 1-1 draw versus the Sounders at CenturyLink Field Thursday. He said the dissatisfaction of an attract Seattle is a favorable indication.
“We are here in Seattle, playing against our competitors, playing against a very good group and we tied in this match and we’re extremely disappointed due to the fact that we felt that we could have gotten more, right there that’s an excellent sign,” Savarese stated after the match. “It reveals that we came here for something important, to get three points. The reality that we end up the video game dissatisfied due to the fact that of what took place in the end shows that we were encouraged the work we put in was going to offer us the three points.”
- Upgraded team lineup Injury Report: OUT: Dairon Asprilla(M)-left knee injury OUT: Sebastian Blanco (M) – ideal ACL injury
- OUT: Julio Cascante (D) – left ankle injury
- QUESTIONABLE: Blake Bodily (M) – right thigh injury
- DOUBTFUL: Jeremy Ebobisse (F) – concussion
- DOUBTFUL: Marvin Loría (M) – abdominal area injury
- Suspended after next care:Diego Chara (M), Eryk Williamson (M)
- International task: None
It’s now seven losses in their last eight matches for the Galaxy, who suffered a 2-0 El Trafico defeat. The Galaxy were decreased to 10 guys in the 22nd minute when center back Giancarlo Gonzalez was provided a straight red card by referee Kevin Stott for denial of an apparent goal-scoring chance. Danny Musovski scored a debated opening goal early in the second half and Carlos Vela tacked on a stoppage-time insurance objective.
“The huge mistake was VAR on the first goal for LAFC,” Galaxy head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said after the match. “I was surprised when I saw the play, the ball is really clearly out. Even the player for LAFC consulted the linesman, what he is doing, since he understood the ball was out and it was a corner. I believe more important thing that changed the game, was the error by the VAR, not the red. Due to the fact that the ref can often slip up, but the VAR has to determine that the ref was wrong. It was very clear the ball was out. I do not know why the VAR didn’t say that, since the ball is out.”
After a long process for the LA Galaxy to land the Argentine star on loan last year, they might remain in for another round of settlements to keep him. The gamer supposedly has a $20 million purchase alternative as part of his loan offer, however TyC Sports reports that the Galaxy have informed Boca they won’t pay the $20 million figure and want to work out a brand-new rate.
- Upgraded group lineup Injury Report:
- QUESTIONABLE: Danilo Acosta (M) – ACL injury
- QUESTIONABLE: Javier Hernandez (M) – hamstring injury
- Suspended:Giancarlo Gonzalez (D)
- Suspended after next care:Nick DePuy (D)
- International responsibility: None
Series Match at Timbers
- Timbers: 5 wins, 23 goals
- LAFC: 3 wins, 16 objectives
- 3 draws
- Referee: Drew Fischer
- Assistant Referees: Kathryn Nesbitt, Mike Rottersman
- 4th Authorities: Marcos de Oliveira
- VAR: Allen Chapman