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KeyBank Scouting Report | Match notes for Wednesday's showdown with Galaxy


Date: Oct. 7, 2020
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. (Pacific)
Location: Dignity Health Sports Park (Carson, Calif.)
Forecast: Clear, 66 degrees

Referee: Ramy Touchan
Assistant Referees: Cameron Blanchard, Mike Rottersman
Fourth Official: Tim Ford
VAR: Kevin Stott

Talent: Jake Zivin (play-by-play), Ross Smith (analyst), Nat Borchers (analyst)
English Radio: 750 The Game
Talent: Keith Bleyer (play-by-play), Joe Sleven (analyst), Fletcher Johnson (host)
Spanish Radio: La GranD (KGGD 93.5 FM, 1150 AM)


The Portland Timbers extended their winning streak to three games with a 1-0 shutout victory over Cascadia-rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Providence Park on Sept. 27. Felipe Mora tallied the game-winning goal, while Eryk Williamson notched his third assist in league play. Notably, Steve Clark posted a shutout for a second consecutive match.


Entering Wednesday’s regular-season match against Portland, the LA Galaxy (4-7-3, 15pts) are coming off a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes at Earthquakes Stadium on Oct. 3, which extended a four-match losing streak. Cristian Pavón ranks tied for first on the team with six goals and lead the squad with five assists in 14 regular-season appearances in 2020. Sebastian Lletget is tied for the team-lead with Pavon in goals. Additionally, goalkeeper David Bingham has tallied 46 saves and three shutouts in 14 league starts.


Wednesday’s match marks the 25th regular-season meeting, and the 28th meeting across all competitions between the Timbers and the LA Galaxy since Portland joined MLS in 2011, with the Timbers trailing the series 10-11-6 across all com- petitions. Dating back to March 12, 2017, Portland has a record of 6-3-1 against the Galaxy across all competitions, outscoring LA 20-10 during that span. Diego Valeri has registered seven goals and eight assists in 18 regular-season matches against the Galaxy, while Jeremy Ebobisse has tallied three goals in four appearances against LA. In two appearances against the Timbers, LA Galaxy midfielder Cristian Pavón has tallied a goal and an assist, while Efrain Álvarez tallied the opening goal in a 3-2 win over Portland on Sept. 2.


In 11 matches across all competitions away from Providence Park in 2020, the Portland Timbers hold a record of 7-1-3, outscoring the opposition 25-15. The Timbers finished undefeated (5-0-2) at the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando, Fla., while they’re 2-1-1 in four regular-season matches on the road during the 2020 campaign. Notably, Jeremy Ebobisse leads the team with six goals scored away from Providence Park across all competitions.


Across all competitions in 2020, 27 players have appeared in at least one match for Portland, while 12 different players have scored at least one goal and 14 different players have recorded at least one assist. Three different goalkeepers have played for the Timbers, with Aljaz Ivacic notably making his debut for the club and tallying three saves in a 6-1 win against the San Jose Earthquakes on Sept. 19. In total 19 players featured across seven games in the MLS is Back Tournament for the Timbers, and 15 of those 19 players appeared in at least three games during the tournament.


Six different Timbers players have three or more goals this season across all com- petitions. Diego Valeri leads the team with seven goals, while Jeremy Ebobisse (6) ranks second on the club. Sebastián Blanco, Felipe Mora and Jaroslaw Niezgoda (4) rank tied for third on the team in goals. In addition, six different players have tallied two or more assists. Valeri leads the team in assists (8), while Eryk Williamson ranks third with four assists. Additionally, Diego Chara and Jeremy Ebobisse rank tied for four in assists (3)