That’s one way to re-start the season.
The Portland Timbers got the new season off on the right foot Monday evening defeating the LA Galaxy 2-1 in their debut game of the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando, Florida.
While Portland left the pitch with a well-deserved and earned three points, it didn’t always look like they were in control.
The first and largest scare of the night happened in the 11th minute when Timbers defender Dario Zuparic got a yellow card inside his own box, rewarding the Galaxy with a penalty kick.
But then, goalkeeper Steve Clark made absolutely remarkable saves on both the penalty kick and the rebound to keep the ball out of the net.
The stops were crucial in keeping the Timbers even going into the half, 0-0.
Then, in the second half, Portland found its offensive groove scoring in both the 59th and 66th minutes respectively. Both thanks to striker Sebastian Blanco who got an assist and goal in a seven-minute span of the match.
The first goal, Blanco found the Timbers leading scorer from 2019, Jeremy Ebobisse in front of the goal who finished the job.
Then, Blanco decided he’d do the second one himself.
In classic Portland Timbers fashion, however, that was not the end of the story. Zuparic would receive a second yellow in the 75th minute causing Portland to play the remaining 15+ minutes with only ten men.
In that time, the Galaxy put the ball in the net three times, but were called offsides twice, preserving the Timbers lead.
By the time the referee called for the game to be complete, the Timbers had earned three points.
With the win, Portland was the only team to win its debut game in Group F of the MLS is Back Tournament, therefor they sit at the top of the standings. Their next match will be against the Houston Dynamo, who sits at one point, at 5:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, July 18.
Porltand Timbers earn three points in debut of the MLS restart originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest