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Max Urruti’s goal, close (correct) call see Portland top LA (Video)

Sep 29, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

One moment — one wishful stretch; one set of studs; one empty flail — defined Sunday’s match at JELD-WEN Field, with Max Urruti’s first Major League Soccer goal giving the Portland Timbers a 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy. The win keeps Portland third in the West, albeit two points behind conference-leading Real Salt Lake (with Seattle potentially reclaiming their lead tonight against New York). LA stays tied for fourth with Colorado, four points back of Portland.

The match looked set to go LA’s way early on, with the Galaxy’s transition game leading to a number of breaks toward Portland’s goal. Seemingly leveraging two games worth of experience against Caleb Porter’s approach, LA created a number of near-chances over the first half hour, even if strong defending from Futty Danso and Pa Modou Kah kept Donovan Ricketts reasonably trouble-free.

By halftime, Portland was controlling more of the game, but their breakthrough didn’t come until the 52nd minute. That’s when a Will Johnson corner was stabbed home by Urruti, who beat Sean Franklin to redirect past Jamie Penedo with the bottom of his boot.

From there forward, a pursuing Galaxy controlled the game, ending the match with more possession and passes than the normally hoarding Timbers. It was the second straight match Portland had lagged in those areas, but for the second straight game, the Timbers still emerged with a 1-0 win.

The victory looked in doubt in stoppage time, however, and a particularly stubborn Galaxy fan may hold on to the idea that LA had an equalizer waved off. But as replayed clearly showed, Robbie Keane was offside on Landon Donovan’s late restart, leading the captain’s potentially game-tying header to be disallowed:

  1. jrocknstuff - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Keane was clearly offside. To me, it wasn’t even that close. It would be nice to see Bruce Arena publicly apologize for the abuse he gave the linesman. In the end, Arena just comes away looking like an even bigger idiot.

  2. footballer4ever - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Offside, no question about that. I would encourage MLS to use video replay on these unique type of situations where a goal score allowed or disallowed settles the dispute. I am sure Keane, Bruce Arena will see they are definitely wrong about that.

  3. mlsconvert88888 - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Good game to watch. The weather made things a little sloppy at times, but just watching on TV the tension was palpable. There was some excellent fluid build up work by the Galaxy, but obviously the finishing just wasn’t there.
    I was glad the offside call was correct. Watching that game live I thought for a second the MLS referring might be stepping in it one more time, but kudos to the side judge, not just for the good call, but for confidently sticking to his guns when Keane, Donovan, Arena, and co. were shouting at him. “jrocknstuff” is totally right, haranguing a referee who’s made a correct call doesn’t do much to benefit your image.

  4. khard1250 - Sep 30, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    From the angle of the replay, it doesn’t look like Keane ever even set up in an onside position.
    Kudos to the line judge for standing his ground.

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