Giovanni Savarese 'thought the referee was a disaster' in Timbers loss to LA Galaxy

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The Portland Timbers continue their winless streak in the restart of the MLS regular-season with a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy at Providence Park Wednesday evening. 

However, perhaps the Timbers had a point stolen from them by the officiating. 

Multiple Timbers goals were disallowed by offsides in the second half but one in particular stood out to Timbers fans everywhere. 

In the 80th minute down two goals, a Yimmi Chara cross was headed into the back of the net by striker Jeremy Ebobisse, but the assistant referee gave the goal an offsides ruling and it was not overturned via VAR. 

Timbers owner Merritt Paulson tweeted his feelings on the play.

You be the judge.

How bad was the call? Head coach Giovanni Savarese did not hold back during his postgame interview with Timbers broadcasting on the field.

I thought the referee was a disaster today. - Giovanni Savarese

If not for the offsides call on Ebobisse's goal, the Timbers very well could have drawn the Galaxy because Timbers legend Diego Valeri got a late goal in the 92nd minute to pull Portland within one.

Also, that goal was Valeri's 80th career MLS regular-season goal making him a part of the 80 goal-80 assist club joining only Landon Donavon and Jaime Moreno in the illustrious club. 

Had VAR overturned Ebobisse's header, perhaps the Timbers get to leave their home stadium with a point rather than empty handed. 

With the loss, the Timbers are 5th in the Western Conference standings, tied with the 4th-placed LA Galaxy with 11 points with three games remaining for Portland. 


Next, the Timbers will head north to Seattle to play the Sounders on Sunday, September 6th at 7:00 p.m. PT looking to avenge their 3-0 defeat last month.