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LA Galaxy score late PK, beat Timbers 2-1

Blanco has 2nd half goal for Portland

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LA Galaxy midfielder Sacha Kljestan, center, celebrates after scoring on a penalty kick during the second half against the Portland Timbers in an MLS soccer match Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Carson, Calif.
LA Galaxy midfielder Sacha Kljestan, center, celebrates after scoring on a penalty kick during the second half against the Portland Timbers in an MLS soccer match Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Photo Gallery

CARSON, Calif. — Sacha Kljestan scored on a penalty kick in the final minutes in the LA Galaxy’s 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.

The Galaxy (12-11-6) have won two straight against the Timbers (14-11-4), who ended a four-game winning streak.

Kljestan scored in the second minute of second-half stoppage time after Efrain Alvarez drew a foul in the Timbers’ box. Javier Hernández scored in the 62nd for the Galaxy.

Sebastián Blanco’s goal tied it for the Timbers in the 72nd minute.

GALAXY 2, TIMBERS 1

Portland 0 1—1

LA Galaxy 0 2—2

First Half—None.

Second Half—1, LA Galaxy, Chicharito, 13 (Vazquez), 62nd minute; 2, Portland, Blanco, 4 (Moreno), 72nd; 3, LA Galaxy, Kljestan, 4 (penalty kick), 90th+3.

Goalies—Portland, Steve Clark, Aljaz Ivacic; LA Galaxy, Jonathan Bond, Jonathan Klinsmann.

Yellow Cards—Chicharito, LA Galaxy, 38th; Bonilla, Portland, 44th; Chara, Portland, 64th; Kljestan, LA Galaxy, 87th; Joveljic, LA Galaxy, 90th+6.

Referee—Victor Rivas. Assistant Referees—Michael Barwegen, Eduardo Mariscal, Jorge Gonzalez. 4th Official—Chris Ruska.

Lineups

Portland—Steve Clark; Pablo Bonilla (Zac McGraw, 89th), Larrys Mabiala, Jose Van Rankin, Dario Zuparic; Sebastian Blanco (Diego Valeri, 89th), Diego Chara, Cristhian Paredes (George Fochive, 83rd); Dairon Asprilla (Santiago Moreno, 65th), Yimmi Chara, Jaroslaw Niezgoda (Felipe Mora, 65th).

LA Galaxy—Jonathan Bond; Julian Araujo, Nick DePuy, Niko Hamalainen, Derrick Williams; Jonathan Dos Santos (Sacha Kljestan, 62nd), Samuel Grandsir (Dejan Joveljic, 83rd), Rayan Raveloson, Victor Vazquez (Sebastian Lletget, 70th); Kevin Cabral (Efrain Alvarez, 63rd), Chicharito.

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