CARSON, CALI. (March 4, 2018) – The LA Galaxy are already on the front foot to start the 2018 MLS season. They defeated Portland Timbers 2-1 on Sunday night in their home opener. Striker Ola Kamara opens his account on a 32nd minute goal that ended up being the game winner.
LA Galaxy Win Home Opener 2-1 Over Portland Timbers As Ola Kamara Opens Account
The first half was all LA Galaxy as they moved the ball well, especially on the wings. Portland had limited chances as the Galaxy prevented Diego Valeri from getting any space. Los Angeles did their damage quickly. Ola Kamara scored on a chance in front of goal in the 32nd minute after some good build up play. Two minutes later, some quicj transition play gave Alessandrini a chance. He hit the post with his first shot, but scored on his own rebound.
Portland came back with a second half goal from Sebastián Blanco. They forced David Bingham to make several good saves, but the Galaxy held on and won 2-1.
Three things to take note of:
A bunch of firsts: This match was filled with a bunch of first for the Galaxy and Galaxy players, most of them good. Kamara scored in his competitive debut. Six other players made the debut with the club, almost all of them positive. Sebastian Lletget also came off the bench in this game, playing a very positive half hour.
Getting a win: The Galaxy were terrible last season, a year in which they only got three home wins in league play. They won the match against a team that made the playoffs last year. They contained Diego Valeri for the most part. The offense showed some excellent flashes. This was a very positive result and performance.
Defense still a work in progress: As I wrote in my Galaxy season preview, one of their biggest questions would be defensive chemistry. Between the back four and goalkeeper, just one of five starters were on the team this time last year. They have a number of players who’s first language isn’t English. They were good enough tonight, but they’ll have to be better going forward.