If only they could have finished their chances. Oh well, the LA Galaxy still broke the Portland Timber’s six game winning streak with a 1-1 draw in Portland. And really, Portland were only threatening a handful of times. The Galaxy did well to stymie much of the Timbers attack. With that said, here is the starting XI report card.
Goalkeeper Report Card
David Bingham: B+
Bingham is in some kind of form right now. He made a whopping nine saves in the draw with Portland. Yes, a few attempts were weak, but without Bingham, this could’ve easily been another loss. The former San Jose man was also quick off his line, making two claims to prevent danger before it began.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) June 2, 2018
Defender Report Card
Ashley Cole: B
Cole had a pretty decent start against the Timbers and completed 100% of his tackles. The one slight issue happened when he tried to go higher up the pitch. He often left gaps and Portland tried to use that to their advantage. Cole was lucky that the hosts were not at their best on Saturday.
Jørgen Skjelvik: C
If it wasn’t for his penalty, the Galaxy would have walked away with three points. Aside from that, he only made three interceptions, one tackle and one clearance. Skjelvik was fading in this match. Perhaps it is because he’s just not used to this kind of heat yet. He’ll have to adjust quickly to succeed.
Michael Ciani: B
Michael Ciani was definitely one of the best defenders on the pitch Saturday afternoon. He made a couple key interceptions to thwart dangerous Timbers attacks.
Dave Romney: B
Early on Romney looked a little out of place in the right back position. You could see he was cutting in too much, leaving gaps for Portland to exploit. But he amended that issue and made three interceptions during the 90 minutes. Those three interceptions were good enough for a third place tie.
Midfield Report Card
Servando Carrasco: B-
That’s right. Servando Carrasco finished second in interceptions with five. Really makes you think doesn’t it? Aside from fun fact, there were times where I often forgot that he was on the pitch.
Perry Kitchen: B
Kitchen threw everything at the Timbers on Saturday. There was a moment late in the match where he really stood out. Off of a set piece, Kitchen was left to fend for himself down the left flank. He went 1 vs 1 with Michael Farfan two times and won both battles.
Attack Report Card
Emmanuel Boateng: B
Boateng put in a pretty good shift filling in for Ola Kamara. The diminutive winger posed a threat to the Timbers all match wrong. He assisted on the Chris Pontius goal and provided the pass that hit off the post too.
Sebastian Lletget: B
Lletget looked the part playing higher up the pitch. He used his vision to create opportunities for not only himself, but for teammates as well.
Romain Alessandrini: C+
This was one of Alessandrini’s worst performances of the season. And it had lot to do with Zarek Valentin. The Timbers defender kept Alessandrini quiet for periods of time. Alessandrini attempted five dribbles, most of them on the wing, and did not convert any. That tells you all you need to know.
Chris Pontius: B+
Well this was a surprise wasn’t it? Normally a winger, Pontius slotted up top for the first time this season. He exceeded every expectation against Portland. Pontius held the ball up well and sprayed passes wide to open up the Timbers defense. The 31-year-old also scored the Galaxy’s only goal. He could’ve scored another had it not been for that right post.
🎯 Chris Pontius. Corner pocket. pic.twitter.com/MEVxXY0VNv
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) June 3, 2018