USL Match Preview | Portland Timbers 2 vs. LA Galaxy II | July 26, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. – After suffering a 2-0 loss to Seattle Sounders 2 on Friday, T2 return home to the Rose City to play host to LA Galaxy II at Merlo Field on Sunday, July 26; kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (Pacific). 

T2 (7-10-2, 23pts) enter the match in 10th place in the Western Conference, but are just four points away from 6th place and the final Western Conference playoff spot. Forward Kharlton Belmar leads Portland with nine goals through 18 matches and ranks fourth in goals (9) among all USL players. The Virginia Beach, Va., native also ranks tied for sixth overall in points (21). Goalkeeper Jake Gleeson ranks seventh overall in saves with 54 through 14 games played.

T2 have found success at home in the Rose City this season, posting a 5-3-0 overall home record. Portland has registered 15 goals in eight home games in their inaugural season and are currently on a two-game win streak at home, defeating Arizona United SC 3-1 on July 2 and earning a 4-2 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on July 19. 

LA Galaxy II (10-5-3, 33pts) travel to Portland for the first meeting between the two clubs and enter Sunday’s match riding a six-game unbeaten streak after posting a 1-1 draw with Orange County Blues FC on July 16.  LA Galaxy II rank second in the Western Conference and lead USL in assists (27) through 18 games played. The Galaxy II are 5-2-0 on the road this season and have scored 14 goals away from home. LA is led by forward Ariel Lassiter, who ranks tied for fourth in goals (9) among all USL players through 15 games played. Galaxy midfielder Raul Mendiola leads USL in assists (8), while goalkeeper Clement Diop ranks tied for third in shutouts (5) through 15 games played. Portland will travel to face LA Galaxy II on Sept. 16 for the final match of their inaugural regular-season.

Tickets for Sunday’s home T2 match are available online by clicking here. Additionally, both matches will be available via a live, high-definition web stream at www.timbers2.com.

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