PORTLAND, Ore. – Any way you slice it, the fans went home happy Tuesday night at JELD-WEN Field as Aston Villa defeated the Portland Timbers in penalty kicks to decide a a 2-2 draw after regulation.
The first four players to line up penalty kicks converted for each team. But on the Timbers fifth kick, Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan guessed right and saved Bright Dike’s shot to the right post. And Villa’s Samir Carruthers took advantage when his right-footed blast to the top, right corner beat Timbers goalkeeper Joe Bendik.
CARSON, Calif. – David Júnior Lopes answered Gareth Bale's superb header, and the LA Galaxy claimed a 1-1 draw with England's Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly Tuesday night at Home Depot Center.
Bale's header gave Tottenham a 17th-minute lead, and Lopes, with his first goal since joining LA in April, netted the equalizer in the 28th.
Tottenham, who open the English Premier League season Aug. 18 at Newcastle United, withstood an impressive first-half appearance by the Galaxy, with former Spurs star Robbie Keane the focal point of the attack.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – Early goals from Andre Akpan and Kamani Hill handed the Colorado Rapids a 2-1 win over English Premier League visitors Swansea City in an international friendly at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Tuesday night.
Sloppy early defense allowed the Rapids to collect their first-ever win over an EPL side. The visiting Swans, who substituted all ten field players for the second half, did not recover from the early blow despite a stunning late equalizer from new loan signing Jonathan de Guzman.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Sporting Kansas City did a good job of matching Montpellier HSC’s energy on a hot Tuesday night at Livestrong Sporting Park. Sporting’s reserve-heavy lineup had no answer for the French side’s skill on and off the ball, though, as the reigning league Ligue 1 champs handed their hosts a 3-0 defeat in a friendly.
Montpellier, headed into their first berth in the UEFA Champions League this fall, held Sporting without a shot on goal and won behind two second-half goals from Emanuel Herrera and a first-half tally from Gaetan Charbonnier.
MONTREAL – Olympique Lyonnais came to get a result. Montreal refused to hand it to them.
The Impact held the seven-time French champions to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night at Stade Saputo. Bafétimbi Gomis then scored the decisive penalty in the ensuing shootout.
Jérémy Pied opened the scoring after 28 minutes, combining well with Lisandro López. Impact rookie Andrew Wenger, in his first game since picking up a hamstring injury, leveled beautifully for Montreal 11 minutes later.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Homegrown players Aaron Horton and Ben Speas scored late to lift the Columbus Crew to a 2-1 victory over Stoke City of the English Premier League in a friendly Tuesday at Crew Stadium.
Speas, who has yet to appear in an MLS game, found the game-winner just three minutes from time.
The Crew initially went with the same lineup that beat D.C. United 1-0 last Saturday except for captain Chad Marshall, who has a sprained right ankle. Julius James started in his stead at center back.
CARSON, Calif. – Tottenham Hotspur are in town to kick off their three-game US tour, and the best thing about their Southern California swing has nothing to do with beaches, the weather nor the chance to hang out with Hollywood stars.
It's all about Robbie Keane.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Sure, the Portland Timbers matchup on Tuesday night against English Premier League side Aston Villa is a friendly (10:30 pm ET; watch LIVE online). So anything taken out of it should be taken with a grain of salt.
But there’s one thing the exhibition at JELD-WEN Field may provide to the club’s browbeaten players and coaches, and that’s a respite from the relentless narrative of their withering MLS season.
MONTREAL – Alessandro Nesta's much-anticipated Montreal Impact debut should bring back some fond Champions League memories.
Montreal are facing Olympique Lyonnais on Tuesday at Stade Saputo (7:30 pm ET, TVA Sports), a team that the legendary Italian center back helped eliminate in the quarterfinals of the 2005-06 UEFA Champions League as a member of Carlo Ancelotti’s AC Milan. Nesta played every minute of the tie, but the scenario will not be repeated in Montreal.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Chris Birchall is still amazed how it came about that he would be playing for the Columbus Crew against the biggest rival from his hometown.
Birchall was out of contract after three seasons with the LA Galaxy – with whom he won MLS Cup 2011 – when he went shopping for another MLS club. He was training with his former club Port Vale in Burslem, one of six towns that comprise the city of Stoke-on-Trent, England, when he signed with the Crew on May 7.