CARSON, Calif. – Playing the first game of a two-match road trip, T2 defeated LA Galaxy II 4-3 at the StubHub Track & Field Stadium Saturday afternoon. Forward Foster Langsdorf registered a second-half brace, while forward Jeremy Ebobisse tallied a goal and an assist. Additionally, midfielder Andre Lewis recorded two assists, while midfielder Eryk Williamson tallied his third goal of 2018.
Timbers on loan
Eight Portland Timbers players made appearances for T2 in the match. Defender Roy Miller made his fifth consecutive start, logging 90 minutes for a third straight match. Langsdorf finished the match with a team-high three shots, and now ranks tied for third in the USL with 10 goals. Williamson made his 14th start of the season in 45 minutes of action. Goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh made his 11th start of 2018, finishing the match with a season-high six saves.
T2 vs. LA Galaxy II
With the win, T2 tied the all-time series (4-4-0) against LA Galaxy II. In eight matches all-time against Portland and LA, the two teams have combine to score 43 goals. In two matches this season, T2 has scored 11 goals against Galaxy II. Additionally, Langsdorf has scored five of his 10 goals this season against LA.
LA Galaxy II took a 1-0 lead in the first minute of play after Miguel Aguilar’s cross from the right flank was tapped home from inside the six-yard box by Ethan Zubak.
T2 answered back on the ensuing corner kick following midfielder Marvin Loría’s in-swinging service into the penalty area. Loría picked out Ebobisse, whose diving header beat Galaxy II goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg to level the match at 1-1 in the third minute of play. The assist marked Loría’s fourth of the USL campaign.
After Galaxy II were awarded a penalty in the 10th minute following a foul inside the box, McIntosh saved LA forward Justin Dhillon’s penalty attempt, but Dhillon placed the rebound into the back of the net to give his side a 2-1 lead.
A shot from distance by Williamson was saved by Vom Steeg in the 16th minute.
Portland tied the match in the 23rd minute following solid combination play on the edge of the penalty area. After midfielder Jack Barmby slipped a pass to Ebobisse on the edge of the box, Ebobisse placed an expertly timed backheel into the path Williamson, who curled his finish past Vom Steeg into the bottom corner of the net to make it a 2-2 score line.
In the 51st minute, midfielder Renzo Zambrano released Loría into space on the left edge of the penalty area. After dribbling past his defender, Loría’s low shot was saved by Vom Steeg at his near post.
Three minutes later, T2 took a 3-2 lead after Lewis’s cross from the left wing to the back post picked out Langsdorf, who placed a powerful header past a diving Vom Steeg in the 54th minute.
Nine minutes later, Lewis quickly played a pass to Langsdorf, who beat an offside trap and rolled a right-footed finish past an onrushing Vom Steeg in the 63rd minute of play to give T2 a 4-2 advantage.
LA scored in the 78th to make it a 4-3 after substitute Frank Lopez’s shot from the left edge of the penalty box beat McIntosh at his near post.
After finding space on the edge of the penalty area, Ebobisse’s right-footed shot was fired over the crossbar in the 80th minute.
In the 93rd minute, second-half substitute Lamar Batista’s shot from the left edge of the penalty area was saved.
Next up, Portland closes out a two-match road trip in Southern California, traveling to face Orange County SC at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine, Calif. Beginning at 12:30 p.m. (Pacific), the match will be streamed live on ESPN+.
Postgame Quote Sheet
T2 head coach Cameron Knowles
General thoughts on the match after the win on the road…
“It was a very good win for the team. After the slow start, for the team to have the ability and the mental fortitude to get themselves back in the game on a couple of occasions is very, very encouraging. Aside from slow start, I thought it was a very good performance. There was a lot of hard work from a lot of guys, especially at the end to weather the storm a little bit.
On what changes were made that led to the team’s second-half performance…
“We knew we were going to make some changes. Eryk [Williamson] had to come out of the game. He had been performing well. Foster [Langsdorf] came in and we talked about how we were going to put them under a little bit more pressure and ways in which we could move the ball a little bit to create some different opportunities. [Andrew] Gregor spoke to them about switching the play and I think we executed some of those things in order to create some good chances.”
On the play of the group today…
“You can look at a number of guys that played well, and I think that’s reflected in the result. When you’ve got a lot of guys playing well then more often than not you’ll get a positive result. I thought the performances were very good."
T2 (10-9-2, 32pts) vs. LA Galaxy II (5-11-4,19pts)
July 28, 2018 – StubHub Track & Field Stadium (Carson, Calif.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
T2 2 2 4
LA Galaxy II 2 1 3
LA: Zubak (Aguilar), 1
POR: Ebobisse (Loría), 3
LA: Dhillon, 11
POR: Williamson (Ebobisse), 23
POR: Langsdorf (Lewis), 54
POR: Langsdorf (Lewis), 63
LA: Lopez (Traore), 78
LA: Zanga (Caution), 26
LA Acheampong (Caution), 33
POR: Loría (Caution), 61
POR: Langsdorf (Caution), 86
POR: McIntosh (Caution), 90
POR: GK McIntosh, D Mulligan, D Jadama ©, D Miller, D Farfan (Smith, 46), M Zambrano, M Lewis, M Loría, M Williamson (Langsdorf, 46), M Barmby (Batista, 90), F Ebobisse
Substitutes Not Used: GK Mangels, D Diz Pe, D Smith, M Anguiano, F Williams
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Langsdorf, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Langsdorf, Williamson, 2); FOULS: 12 (Three players tied, 2); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 6
LA: GK Vom Steeg, D Zanga, D Traore, D Hilliard-Arce, D Requejo, M Alvarez, M Acheampong (Buescher, 64), M Aguilar (Jamieson, 69), M Dhillon (Lopez, 69), F Vera, F Zubak
Substitutes Not Used: GK Lopez, D Engola, D Shultz, M Hernandez
TOTAL SHOTS: 20 (Lopez, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Dhillon, 3); FOULS: 12 (Four players tied, 2); OFFSIDES: 4; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 3
Referee: Ceciah Valero
Assistant Referees: Eduardo Jeff, Melissa Gonzalez
4th Official: Amir Torkmani
Weather: Clear, 83 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial