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                === Timbers, Galaxy meet at Providence Park ===
 
 Portland,  OR (SportsNetwork.com)  - A pair of  clubs hoping to move up in the
 Western  Conference table  will square off at Providence Park on Sunday as the
 Portland Timbers play host to the Los Angeles Galaxy.
 
 Portland picked up its first win of the season last time out, ending an eight-
 match winless start thanks to a last-minute winner from Maximiliano Urruti for
 a 3-2 victory over D.C. United.
 
 "Obviously  it's  three points, but  sometimes it feels  like more and I think
 this  is  one that  feels like  more and I  think it'll  lift the group," said
 Timbers  head coach Caleb Porter. "I think they'll play freer, more confident.
 I think we're going to continue to get better and better.
 
 "We've been playing well, but I think sometimes when you feel that weight of a
 bit  more pressure  because you're not getting results and you get frustrated.
 We showed right until the end, getting the result, that this team believes."
 
 Gaston Fernandez scored in back-to-back games for the second time this season.
 He  netted the opening  goal just 34 seconds into the affair, the fastest goal
 scored by a Timbers player during the club's MLS tenure.
 
 "He's  very important to  us, he scores when he's in the game and we know that
 we  can  count on him,"  Urruti said of Fernandez.  "Any player that scores is
 going to be important for us throughout the season."
 
 Portland  and  Los Angeles are level  in the Western Conference table on eight
 points apiece, but the Galaxy have played three fewer games than the Timbers.
 
 Bruce  Arena's  men are coming off  of a 1-0  loss to the Colorado Rapids last
 weekend, a result that snapped a four-game unbeaten run for the Galaxy.
 
 "We  just  blew this  game. There's no  excuses for us.  We should've won this
 game.  Very least  get a point," Arena  said after the match. "We get a chance
 early in the game, we miss a penalty kick early in the second half, have a lot
 of  possession,  we don't put  a shot on  goal, I don't  think for the game. I
 think  (Stefan) Ishizaki's,  it was maybe blocked off the line, that was about
 the  only  shot on goal.  It was  terrible execution on  our part in the final
 third of the field."
 
 Los  Angeles was  dealt a major blow in  the days leading up to the match when
 Marcelo  Sarvas suffered  a sprained  medial collateral  ligament in  his left
 knee,  an  injury that should  keep the midfielder sidelined  for as long as 2
 months.
 
 "Certainly,  Marcelo  would have been  great to have  there, but that's not an
 excuse,"  Arena  said. "We have enough  players that can execute and win games
 for us."
 
 
 
 
 
 05/09 15:58:49 ET

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