Tim­bers spoil Dos San­tos’ de­but

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PORT­LAND, Ore. — Diego Va­leri scored a 30-yard goal in the 33rd minute to lead the Port­land Tim­bers over the Gal­axy 3-1 on Sun­day.

Va­leri cre­ated space for him­self while re­ceiv­ing a pass from Roy Miller. Af­ter tak­ing a few strides to­ward goal, he un­leashed a kick that f lew be­yond the reach of goal­keeper Brian Rowe for his team-lead­ing 12th goal.

“By the time I took a step, he had al­ready hit it and it was com­ing back,” Rowe said.

The game marked the first ap­pear­ance for Jonathan dos San­tos with the Gal­axy (5-5-1). The mid­fielder was ac­quired July 27 from Vil­lar­real of the Span­ish league.

Tim­bers de­fender Liam Ridgewell, who had sat out the pre­vi­ous eight games be­cause of a quad in­jury, started the scor­ing in the fifth minute when he headed a bounc­ing cor­ner kick into the roof of the net for his sec­ond goal.

“It’s been a long road back. It’s nice,” Ridgewell said of re­turn­ing. “My boy said just be­fore I went out, ‘Go and score a goal.’ So did my mom.”

A minute later, Joao Pe­dro threaded a pass be­hind the Port­land de­fense for Em­manuel Boateng to race onto and slip a shot un­der goal­keeper Jake Glee­son to tie the score. It was Boateng’s third goal.

In the 10th minute, it ap­peared the Gal­axy had taken the lead af­ter Gyasi Zardes col­lected a float­ing header from Boateng just in front of the net and knocked it in. But ref­eree Drew Fis­cher con­sulted with the Video As­sis­tant Ref­eree (VAR) and de­ter­mined Zardes knocked the ball in with his hand, nul­li­fy­ing the goal and earn­ing Zardes a yel­low card. It was the sec­ond time a goal was dis­al­lowed af­ter video re­view since the tech­nol­ogy was im­ple­mented this week­end.

“I think [VAR] helped, ob­vi­ously, in that mo­ment,” Port­land coach Caleb Porter said. “Go­ing down 2-1 ver­sus stay­ing at 1-1, that was a key mo­ment in the match.”

Said Gal­axy coach Sigi Sch­mid: “We’re dis­ap­pointed and Port­land was ob­vi­ously the bet­ter team in the first half, su­pe­rior to us at that time point. But goals change games. The goal that gets dis­al­lowed — I mean it’s the cor­rect rea­son­ing, but it’s a goal that we should have just headed in.”

Port­land (3-6-3) scored in the 53rd minute. Fa­nendo Adi charged to­ward goal, then back­heeled the ball into the path of team­mate Al­vas Pow­ell, who ripped a shot from a tight an­gle past Rowe for his first goal this sea­son.

“Peo­ple al­ways ask, ‘Well, how do you close out games bet­ter?’ Well, you score an­other goal. That’s the best way,” Porter said. “In the past, that’s what we’ve done. So we wanted to stay on the front foot and we wanted to cre­ate a two-goal mar­gin, which we did.”

Sean Meagher As­so­ci­ated Press

PORT­LAND’S DIEGO VA­LERI drib­bles past the Gal­axy’s Jer­maine Jones, left, and Daniel Steres.

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