CARSON, Calif. – Yimmi Chara scored in the 38th minute and the Portland Timbers returned from international break to earn a 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy Saturday afternoon at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Match Moments

5' - CHANCE (POR) - Forward Jaroslaw Niezgoda pushed forward down right channel before getting the ball to midfielder Sebastían Blanco. Blanco then cut a ball back to Santiago Moreno who fired a shot but LA goalkeeper Jonathan Bond parried it out for a corner kick.

11' - SAVE (POR) - Portland goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic made an acrobatic diving save to deny a swerving free kick attempt from Galaxy midfielder Víctor Vázquez.

13' - CHANCE (POR) - Blanco sent a dangerous ball in front of goal from a free kick on the edge of the area. Niezgoda got a foot to it but pushed his attempt wide right.

16' - SAVE (POR) - Ivacic came up big moments later when he denied a point blank shot from Vázquez just atop the six-yard box.

38' - GOAL (POR) - The Timbers took a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute when they burst out on a breakneck counter attack with Cristhian Paredes springing Blanco on the left side. Blanco slipped a pass ahead to a sprinting Yimmi Chara who took a touch inside the 18-yard box and slotted his shot into the lower left corner of the net.

62' - CHANCE (POR) - Blanco, along the left sideline, chipped a diagonal ball to the center for Y. Chara. Bond came off his line to try for the ball but Chara managed to chip him only to have his shot saved by a Galaxy defender racing back to knock away.

86' - SAVE (POR) - Ivacic was alert to knock down and gather a hard shot taken by LA's Derrick Williams from just outside the area.

88' - GOAL (LA) - The Galaxy, pushing for an equalizer, tied the game at 1-1 when a cross on the right side from Julian Araujo to the near post was headed in by Dejan Joveljic.

-----------

The Portland Timbers next match sees them return to Providence Park to host the Colorado Rapids on June 25 (7:30pm PT, TICKETS, FOX 12 PLUS).

Notes

  • The Timbers have scored in their last 18 league matches against LA Galaxy, tying the longest active streak in the league (Toronto vs. Chicago, Philadelphia vs. D.C. United).
  • Portland is 11-13-7 all-time against the Galaxy. 
  • The Timbers earned their seventh point on the road in the 2022 campaign with the draw.
  • Yimmi Chara scored his fourth goal of the season. 
  • Y.Chara has recorded a team-leading 12 points in the 2022 campaign (4G, 4A).
  • Y. Chara has tallied one goal and eight assists in eight career matches played against the Galaxy.
  • Sebastián Blanco tallied his team-leading fifth assist of the season.
  • Blanco has recorded three goals and five assists in his career when playing against the Galaxy.
  • Blanco created the most chances (5) in today’s match.
  • Felipe Mora made his first appearance in the 2022 campaign today after missing the first 16 matches due to injury. 
  • Claudio Bravo made his return to the field today after missing six matches with injury. Bravo has started in all of his nine appearances this season.
  • Jaroslaw Niezgoda made his first appearance in league play since May 7, logging 60 minutes in his return against the Galaxy.

Portland Timbers (3-6-7, 16pts) at LA Galaxy (7-5-3, 24pts)
June 18, 2022 – Dignity Health Sports Park (Carson, Calif.)

Scoring Summary:
POR: Y. Chara (Blanco), 38
LAG: Joveljic (Araujo, Leerdam), 88

Misconduct Summary:
POR: Mabiala (caution), 10
LAG: DePuy (caution), 37
LAG: Grandsir (caution), 58
POR: Fogaça (caution), 76
LAG: Joveljic (caution), 89

Lineups:
POR: GK Ivacic, D Van Rankin, D Mabiala, D Zuparic, D Bravo, M Paredes, M D. Chara ©, M Y. Chara (Mora, 85), M Blanco (Asprilla, 73), M Moreno (Loría, 73), F Niezgoda (Fogaça, 60)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Bingham, D Bonilla, D McGraw, M Ayala, M Williamson

TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Y. Chara, Moreno, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Y. Chara, Moreno, 1); FOULS: 13 (Paredes, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 4

LAG: GK Bond, D Edwards, D Williams, D DePuy, D Araujo, M Grandsir (Leerdam, 77), M Delgado, M Raveloson, M Cabral (Álvarez, 57), M Vazquez (Joveljic, 32), F Chicharito ©

Substitutes Not Used: GK Klinsmann, D Coulibaly, D Zavaleta, M Harvey, M Aguirre, F Dunbar

TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Vazquez, Williams, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Vazquez, 2); FOULS: 14 (DePuy, 3); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 10; SAVES: 4

Referee: Joe Dickerson
Assistant Referees: Mike Rottersman, Jeff Hosking
Fourth Official: Elvis Osmanovic
VAR: Jorge Gonzalez
Attendance: 21,414
Weather: Sunny, 76

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial