Portland Timbers annihilate the Los Angeles Galaxy to end recent skid


Heading into Wednesday's match, the Portland Timbers had allowed equalizing stoppage-time goals in consecutive games to draw both contests.

Against the Los Angeles Galaxy (5-11-3), Portland (10-5-5) made sure to gain more than just a one-goal lead nice and early with three goals in the first 30 minutes of play, en route to a 5-2 victory at Providence Park. 

With the win, Portland clinched a fourth consecutive MLS Cup Playoffs berth.

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Portland enters a tie with Seattle for second in the Western Conference at 35 points. However, with Seattle likely being unable to reschedule its match against Colorado, the MLS will seed teams based on points-per-game, which the Sounders would get the benefit of. 

Both teams are one point behind Sporting Kansas City, who has 36 points but Seattle actually has a higher points-per-game with 1.84 compared to 1.8. 

Portland is firmly in third with 1.75 points-per-game. 

Here's how Portland got the result.

Jarek Niezgoda recorded a brace in the first 19 minutes of the game; scoring first off a cross from Jorge Villafaña in the fifth minute and  again in the 19th minute off an assist from Pablo Bonilla. 

Then, a handball from Nicholas DePuy inside the box awarded Diego Valeri a penalty kick in the 30th minute. 

Portland gave up a goal just 17 seconds into the second half after a failed clear from Steve Clark, but Eryk Williamson would restore the three-goal advantage in the 60th minute. 


Finally, Andy Polo stole the night with a goal of the year candidate and his patented dance afterward. 

Cristian Pavón scored his second goal of the match in the 91st minute to make the final score 5-2. 

Striker Jeremy Ebobisse missed his second consecutive game with a concussion after playing 75 consecutive games for the club. 

Next, the Timbers will host Cascadia rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Providence Park on Sunday, November 1st at 7:00 p.m. PT.