The Portland Timbers washed out of the US Open Cup tonight, losing 1-0 to the LA Galaxy at Providence Park.
In the early going the Timbers were off to a rough start as they struggled to get their back line and midfield on the same page, particularly on defense. Facing a group of speedy and talented Galaxy defenders, the Timbers were unable to stop their opponent’s runs through the center of the pitch.
The Galaxy took advantage of the Timbers’ discombobulated defense early, grabbing a goal in just the 5th minute of the match. After a series of throw-ins on the Timbers’ right flank, Galaxy winger Emmanuel Boateng was able to hit a low, slow cross into space in the Timbers box, connecting with Raul Mendiola on the far side of the pitch. Mendiola dribbled back into the center of the box before hitting a curling shot just inside the far post that rookie keeper Wade Hamilton could only swipe at before it crossed the goal line.
As the first half wore on the Timbers would manage to solidify their back line, cutting out the constant LA chances and beginning to create some of their own. However, with LA compact and organized at the back putting a shot on goal proved difficult for the Timbers.
Eventually, with their full first team attacking group on the pitch the Timbers were able to pin LA back, only for the visitors to frustrate them time and time again. In a physical match, the Timbers were unable to find the break through, ending regulation as 1-0 losers.