Timbers rule Galaxy in preseason opener
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
CARSON, Calif. -- Franck Songo’o continued his strong performance with two assists Tuesday as the Portland Timbers began their preseason schedule with a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.
The Timbers had a 2-0 lead nine minutes into the match on goals from Bright Dike and Jorge Perlaza. James Marcelin and Mamadou “Futty” Danso also scored for Portland.
Both teams played mostly different lineups in each half. Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins was the only player for either club to go the full 90 minutes. Rookie Brent Richards from Camas played the second half at forward.
Dike, who a year ago was injured in the first preseason scrimmage, started the scoring with a header from a Songo’o corner kick in the eighth minute. Moments later, Perlaza made it 2-0 as Songo’o, who is with the team on a trial basis, provided another assist.
In the 67th minute, Marcelin used a through ball from Kalif Alhassan to convert for a 3-0 Timbers’ lead.
Dan Keat scored from a corner kick for the Galaxy in the 80th minute before Danso converted a penalty kick that resulted from a L.A. handball.
“It took a while for the second group to get going,” Timbers coach John Spencer said. “But once we started settling down and passing the ball, I thought we actually put in two good halves. I am really pleased with the guys.”
The Timbers’ starting lineup had Dike and Perlaza at forward, Jack Jewsbury and Diego Chara in central midfield flanked by Songo’o and Erik Alexander, and a back line of Lovel Palmer, Eric Brunner, Hanyer Mosquera and Rodney Wallace.
The Timbers currently have 33 players in camp. Their next preseason match is Friday morning at the Home Depot Center against the Montreal Impact.
• Logan McDaniel, a supplemental draft pick, will not report to the Timbers’ camp because of an injury.
• After Tuesday’s game, Spencer visited with Andrew Luck, the Stanford quarterback who is expected to be the top pick in the April NFL Draft. The two are friends from their time in Houston, where Luck went to high school and Spencer was an assistant coach with the Houston Dynamo.
• Tickets are on sale for the three-day preseason tournament at Jeld-Wen Field. The double-headers, which each include a Timbers match, are scheduled for Feb. 27, March 1, and March 4.
nSingle-game tickets for regular-season games are expected to be available in late February. The Timbers open the season on March 12 at home against Philadelphia.