LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers: Pre-Match Facts

The LA Galaxy are set to take on the Portland Timbers in the Round of 16 of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament. This will be an away game for Los Angeles.

The LA Galaxy will be playing fellow MLS club, Portland Timbers, in the Round of 16 of the U.S. Open Cup. The match will take place on June 29th in Portland, Oregon at Providence Park. The game will kick off at 7:30 and it will be streaming free on YouTube.

Both teams are coming off of wins in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt Trophy tournament. The Galaxy defeated amateur club, La Maquina, 4-1 in extra time. While the Timbers were able to defeat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 at home. Portland had a significantly tougher opponent in the last round.

1. U.S. Open Cups History:

The Galaxy have a rich history in the U.S. Open Cup. They have won the tournament twice back in 2001 and in 2005. They also runner-ups for the Lamar Hunt Trophy twice as they played in the final in 2002 and 2006.

The Portland Timbers have never won’t he U.S. Open Cup let alone make it to a final. They do not have a great history of success in the tournament but they are the defending MLS Cup champions. They have had their fair share of recent success.

2. Last Match:

In the last match between the two clubs, they drew at the StubHub Center 1-1. That was an intense match that saw Nigel de Jong commit a hard foul on Portland’s Darlington Nagbe. He suffered a nasty looking ankle injury that forced him to be helped off of the field.

There may be some bad blood between the two sides since that play in their last game. There should not be any dirty plays on either side but anything can happen in the heat of the moment. The LA Galaxy were reduced to 10-men in their last U.S. Open Cup match after a player received a straight red.

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3. Leading Players:

The Galaxy were led by Sebastian Lletget who netted a brace in extra time of their last match in the tournament. Jose Villarreal also scored early against La Maquina. Dave Romney also scored the game winning goal in that one.

The Timbers were led by Dairon Asprilla and Jack McInerney who each scored in their last Cup match. Asprilla scored on a shot through traffic in the 34th minute. Jack on the other hand, scored on a well-taken free kick in the 39th minute.

4. Injuries:

The LA Galaxy are dealing with their fair share of injuries including defender, Robbie Rogers, out six weeks due to ankle surgery that he had on June 20th. It is unclear if Steven Gerrard or Giovani dos Santos, who are coming off of recent injuries, will play in the match.

The Portland Timbers will likely be without goalkeeper, Adam Kwarasey, who has a torn ligament in finger. He will be out until out until early July. Defender, Alvas Powell, has a torn ligament in wrist and is out 6-8 weeks. Forward, Darren Mattocks, suffered a torn meniscus on 5/11and is out 4-6 weeks. (MLSSoccer.com)

Both teams will be looking for a win as they look to continue their run in the U.S. Open Cup. A win will advance either side into the quarterfinals of the tournament. This is the round where most teams really start pushing hard for the Lamar Hunt Trophy.