LA Galaxy got their 2018 campaign underway with an important, positive victory over Portland Timbers at the StubHub Center.
The opening stages of the game were cagey as both sides had chances to open the scoring. LA Galaxy almost gave Portland the lead when they were caught passing the ball around their defensive line, but the Timbers couldn’t capitalise.
It was Ola Kamara who scored the opening goal and of course, it was on his LA Galaxy debut. Kamara worked hard to get his goal and it came off his chest via a Rolf Feltscher header.
Romain Alessandrini doubled the Galaxy’s lead just a couple of minutes later. Portland defender Liam Ridgewell should have done better to defend it. He blocked Alessandrini’s initial shot but was too slow to react when the Frenchman scored at the second attempt.
In the 59th minute, there was an unfortunate sight when Alessandrini pulled up with what looked to be a hamstring injury. The Galaxy star had been the standout player in the game, it was a shame to see his appearance cut short. Hopefully he isn’t sidelined for too long.
Portland Timbers pulled one back midway through the second half after Sebastian Blanco fired past Galaxy keeper, David Bingham, at the near post making it 2-1. Bingham should have done better, it’s a GK’s pet hate being beaten in that position.
LA Galaxy managed to see the game out and hold on to a very important three points. After a hugely disappointing season in 2017, they will be happy to get the win which will have pleased the large crowd they played in front of today.