Chris Pontius scored in a surprising start at center forward and the LA Galaxy earned a 1-1 away draw against the surging Portland Timbers on an afternoon when Zlatan Ibrahimovic played only as a late-game sub.
The Galaxy's Ibrahimovic came on in the 72nd minute in a game played on Providence Park's artificial surface, three days after the Swedish superstar went 90 minutes and scored twice in a 3-2 loss to FC Dallas.
Diego Valeri equalized from the penalty spot for Portland, who saw their six-match winning streak snapped but have still lost just once in their last 10 under first-year boss Giovanni Savarese.
THE BIG PICTURE:
Portland are now 6-1-3 this season when midfield wrecking ball
starts this season. They'll have to find a way to get a result without the Colombian in Week 15. He'll be serving a yellow-card accumulation suspension when
Sporting Kansas City
come to town next Saturday (10:30 pm ET |
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MAN OF THE MATCH:
For a brief moment, it looked like
might not even start Saturday's game
. But he was cleared and eventually made nine saves, including quality denials of Chara, Samuel Armenteros and Valeri in the first half and
late in the second.
- POR: Wednesday, June 6 vs. San Jose Earthquakes, US Open Cup 4th round (10:30 pm ET)
- LA: Wednesday, June 6 vs. Golden State Force, US Open Cup 4th round (10 pm ET)