Galaxy's Saunders, Jordan return to the Rose City
Though the arrival of the the LA Galaxy to Portland for Wednesday evening's match (7:30pm PT, ESPN2, ESPN3.com, 750 AM The Game, La Pantera 940 AM) has had fans buzzing about the likes of Landon Donovan and David Beckham, longtime Timbers fans will recall the contributions of Galaxy forward Bryan Jordan and goalkeeper Josh Saunders to the Timbers' USL franchise in the middle half of the last decade.
Jordan, who has made eight appearances for the LA Galaxy this season, began his professional career with the second division Timbers in 2007 after completing his collegiate career at Oregon State University. Jordan played in 26 regular season games in his first season with Portland, scoring five goals while helping lead the team to the USL semifinals against the Atlanta Silverbacks.
After the Timbers transfered him to the Galaxy in early 2008, The 5-foot-8 forward returned on loan to Portland and played nine games for the Timbers that year.
"I'm excited, I've been excited for Portland since they got their team," Jordan said. "It's great for the league. I think it'll be quite a bit different for me now that I'm on the other side playing against them, but hopefully they'll still be kind to me."
Saunders, LA's starting goalkeeper since first-choice 'keeper Donovan Ricketts went down with an injury on June 25 against San Jose, has performed well between the posts. The Grants Pass, Ore., native has made 11 appearances for the Galaxy this season, earning a 0.98 goals-against-average entering Wednesday's nationally-televised match.