World News – US – Portland Timbers looking to keep pace with West’s best against LA Galaxy


Seattle Sounders’ Nouhou, left, and Portland Timbers’ Marco Farfan try to direct the ball in the first half of an MLS football game Thursday, Oct 22, 2020 in Seattle (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson) AP

Their last two games have ended in a late-game disappointment, but the Portland Timbers will try to overcome those setbacks when they host little LA Galaxy on Wednesday night

Although the Timbers came away with draws against LAFC and Seattle, it’s a late goal in every game that has garnered valuable wins and points

« It’s been disappointing the last two games, and I can understand that the fans are sometimes a little discouraged, because I think they feel like we are, » said the Timbers coach. Giovanni Savarese « We played so well the last two matches, there was so much good football that we showed »

Still, Savarese said the Timbers are trying to work through end-game issues, and that includes better defense on corner kicks.

“In training, all the coaching staff were very helpful to us,” said Timbers defender Marco Farfan « They take us through scenarios in areas where we have given up on goals, especially late goals, and try to improve them. »

Despite recent draws, the Timbers (9-5-5, 32 points) are stranded in a battle against Seattle (10-4-5, 35 points) and Sporting Kansas City (10-6-3, 33 points)) for first place in the Western Conference standings

After missing last week’s Timbers-Sounders game with a concussion, forward Jeremy Ebobisse progressed through several phases of the concussion protocol, said Savarese Ebobisse is listed as questionable for the game at 7 pm Wednesday (TV on ESPN)

The Galaxy (5-10-3, 18 points) occupy the West cellar and have won only once in their last nine games But Savarese said their desperation for points made it a dangerous opponent

« We have to be our top level, we have to be very sharp, » he said « We have to be mentally prepared for this game which is going to be complicated at the level that I think we need to handle every situation, every scenario in the best possible way. »

With four regular season games to go, Savarese stressed that the Timbers are focused on a good finish It helps that they will play their next three in a row at Providence Park

« I think we are already close to making the playoffs, but our goal is not just to make the playoffs, we hope we stay as high in the table as possible to make sure we can play as many home games as we can, ”said Savarese“ It’s not an easy thing I think we’ve done a good job ”

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World News – USA – Portland Timbers look to keep pace with West’s best against LA Galaxy



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