The Galaxy is becoming good at grinding out road victories.
For the second consecutive road game, the Galaxy scored early and defended strong late, leading to a 2-1 victory at Portland. The Galaxy is now 3-3-4 on road and snaps Portland’s nine-game unbeaten streak. The Galaxy improves to 9-3-8 overall and extends its winning streak to four and unbeaten streak to six.
Robbie Keane opened the scoring in the seventh minute and Gyasi Zardes followed in the 11th for an early 2-0 lead for the Galaxy.
Zarek Valentin got Portland on the board in the 41st minute. The goal snapped a streak of 310 minutes since the last goal allowed by the Galaxy.
From there, the Galaxy defended and withstood the second half push from the Timbers to record the three points to move to 35. Goalkeeper Brian Rowe was credited with five saves.
“No, I think what the league did was they gave each team basically a representative,” Arena said Monday. “The All-Star Game is whatever you want it to be. It is really for fans and sponsors, more than anything.
“I think the league on purpose, tried to get representation for every club and in all honesty, most clubs would probably prefer only having one All-Star, so you don’t have guys missing the week and then scrambling to get ready for the next game. I think it is understood that this year, without them saying publicly, my guess is that it was bit of a balancing act.”