April 22, 2016
Timbers stand tall against Caps, Quakes rally to draw Galaxy
PORTLAND TIMBERS 4, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 2
PORTLAND, Ore.--Portland Timbers FC used two penalty kicks and a set piece to roar past Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4-2 Sunday afternoon at Providence Park.
Dairon Asprilla's 78th-minute penalty kick, awarded after a handball call on defender Pa Modou Kah, sealed the win. Diego Valeri put Portland on the board, also from the penalty spot and also after a foul on Kah, in the fourth minute.
Jack McInerney made the score 2-0 in the 29th, off the Timbers' only goal from the run of play. Lucas Melano squared the ball into the box from the right side, and McInerney took advantage of a slip by defender Kendall Waston to put away a wide-open shot.
Kekuta Manneh pulled Vancouver within a goal in the 49th minute, with a 16-yard shot that deflected off fallen defender Nat Borchers and over the head of netminder Jake Gleeson, but the Timbers soon regained control. Four minutes after Asprilla's game-winner, Darlington Nagbe sent a 20-yard free kick dipping into the upper right corner to leave Portland up 4-1.
Pedro Morales gave Vancouver the last word in the 84th minute, converting the third penalty kick of the game after defender Liam Ridgewell pulled Octavio Rivero down to keep him from playing a ball near the left post.
The win leaves the Timbers eight in the MLS West with 15 points (4-6-3). The Caps fall to 6-6-2 and fifth place in the West behind the LA Galaxy.
LA GALAXY 1, SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 1
CARSON, Calif.--The San Jose Earthquakes recovered from a potentially disastrous late own goal to salvage a 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy in Sunday's California Clasico at the StubHub Center.
The match was scoreless until the 83rd minute, when Quakes defender Marvell Wynne deflected Sebastian Lleget's cross into his own net to put the Galaxy up 1-0.
Fatai Alashe equalized for San Jose four minutes later. Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe tapped a ball that went across the box out of apparent danger, but Chad Barrett controlled the ball on the left before swinging it into the area. Alashe, who was lurking in the box, got just enough of his head on it to send it into the net.
Both teams had solid chances earlier. LA's Robbie Keane had an open header off Steven Gerrard's cross in the tenth minute, but sent the ball bouncing over the turf and over the net. And Giovani dos Santos cracked a shot off the crossbar in the 73rd.
The Quakes' Chris Wondolowski had three good looks. In the 14th minute, a cross from Simon Dawkins went right to Wondolowski's foot, but Brian Rowe got down to block the shot. In the 38th minute, Rowe got a touch on a shot by Wondo from near the left edge of the six, sending it off the bar. The Quakes striker had another chance in the closing seconds of the first half, sending a shot from the edge of the 18 wide.
The Galaxy extend their unbeaten streak to nine games and take over fourth place in the MLS West at 5-1-5 and 20 points. The Quakes (5-3-4, 18 pts) have yet to win away from home this year (0-3-2), scoring more than a goal only once.
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