Match Preview, Timbers vs. Galaxy, 8.6.17
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KeyBank Scouting Report | Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy | Aug. 6, 2017

MATCH INFORMATION

Date: Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017
Kickoff: 11 a.m. (Pacific)
Location: Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Forecast: Mostly sunny, 75 degrees
Referee: Drew Fischer
Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson, Mike Rottersman Fourth Official: Mark Kadlecik
Local TV: ESPN
Talent: Adrian Healey (play-by-play), Taylor Twellman (analyst), Julie Stewart- Binks (sideline reporter)
English Radio: 750 The Game (KXTG 750 AM, 102.9 FM)
Talent: Jake Zivin (play-by-play), Ross Smith (analyst), Judah Newby (host)
Spanish Radio: La GranD (KGGD 93.5 FM, 1150 AM)
Talent: Josue del Castillo (play-by-play), Oscar Ramos (analyst)

MATCH PREVIEW

After playing back-to-back away games, the Portland Timbers will return to Providence Park this week, playing host to the LA Galaxy on Sunday, Aug. 6. Beginning at 11 a.m. (Pacific), Sunday’s match will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes with local radio broadcasts on 750 AM/102.9 FM The Game (English) and La GranD 1150 AM/93.5 FM (Spanish). Portland enters Sunday’s match after producing a 2-2 draw against the Houston Dynamo on July 29, with midfielders Diego Valeri and Sebastián Blanco each scoring in the draw. With the draw, the Timbers are unbeaten in their last two league games (1-0-1). The Galaxy enters Sunday’s game after a 0-0 draw against Seattle Sounders FC on July 29, continuing a six-game winless streak, dating back to June 24. Midfielder Romain Alessandrini leads the team in goals (8).

LAST MATCH RECAP

Playing a second consecutive away match, the Portland Timbers battled the Houston Dynamo to a 2-2 draw before 19,382 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium on July 29. Midfielder Diego Valeri tallied a goal and an assist in the draw, extending his season totals to 11 goals and eight assists, while midfielder Sebastián Blanco also scored his fifth goal of the season. With the draw, the Timbers are unbeaten in five of their last six games played against Houston.

LAST TIME VS. LA GALAXY

In their second match of the 2017 MLS regular season, the Portland Timbers secured their first away win of the season, defeating the LA Galaxy 1-0 before 20,982 fans at the StubHub Center on March 12.

ALL-TIME SERIES NOTES

Sunday’s match marks the 18th league game between Portland and the LA Galaxy since 2011. Dating back to March 2015, the Timbers have only lost twice in their last six regular-season matches against the Galaxy. Sunday’s match marks the second and final regular-season game between Portland and the Galaxy this season, with the Timbers previously taking a 1-0 win in their second match of the season on March 12. Midfielder Diego Chara scored the Timbers lone goal in the 1-0 clean-sheet win, recording his second career finish against the LA Galaxy. Overall, forward Fanendo Adi leads the Timbers for goals scored (5) against LA.

SCOUTING THE GALAXY

The LA Galaxy head into Sunday’s match with the addition of two key acquisitions in the past week, with the club naming Sigi Schmid as head coach before signing Mexican midfielder Jonathan dos Santos from Villareal as a Designated Player on July 27. Entering Sunday’s game, the Galaxy are winless in their last six games, most recently coming off a 0-0 draw against Seattle Sounders FC.

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