Portland Timbers Grab 1-1 Draw in Final Seconds Against LA Galaxy

Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The Timbers came away from a rough match with a single point.

The Portland Timbers looked like they would come away with their fourth loss of the season after a Robbie Keane header in the 92' put the LA Galaxy up 1-0, but a last second goal snagged a point from the jaws of defeat.

The Timbers exchanged blows with the Galaxy for most of the match, with both sides pressing quickly down the pitch, and few long stretches of possession for the Timbers. In the end the Timbers had their worst possession game of the season, ending the match with just over 44% of the ball.

The Galaxy's constant pressure with the ball finally caused the Timbers to crack in second half stoppage time, when a long throw in from Dan Gargan bounced in the Timbers' box. Futty Danso and Donovan Ricketts were on hand to clean the ball up, but each froze, waiting on the other. Instead, the ball fell to the Galaxy's expert finisher, Robbie Keane, who simply headed the ball home for his fifth of the season and gave LA the 1-0 lead.

The Timbers, despite giving up their eighth goal of the season after the 75th minute, were not ready to give up. While the crowd tried to get back into the game, the Timbers roarded back down the pitch, taking the game to the Galaxy in a way that they had struggled to do for the previous 90'.

Finally, in fifth of five announced minutes of stoppage time, the Timbers were able to pull one back. Futty, looking for redemption for the second week in a row, pushed forward into the attack and managed to get a head on a long ball in the box, knocking it down to Will Johnson. Johnson looked for an opening, but none was forthcoming. As defenders flocked to him, the Timbers' captain played a cheeky back-heel pass to Diego Valeri out on the wing. With the ball at his feet, Valeri took a quick, low shot, squeezing the ball underneath Jamie Penedo and into the back of the net, tying the score at 1-1.

With the crowd in Providence Park erupting with noise at the goal the final whistle was blown and the match ended in a tie, the Timbers' sixth of the season. The point moves the Timbers up to nine points, but a 3-1 win for Chivas USA drops the Timbers back down to the bottom of the table.

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