LA Galaxy 2, Portland Timbers 1 | 2018 MLS Match Recap
The Portland Timbers made them sweat right up until the very end. But the LA Galaxy held their nerve to claim a 2-1 win in both teams' 2018 season opener at StubHub Center on Sunday night, thanks to a flurry of two goals in three first-half minutes.
Prized offseason acquisition Ola Kamara opened the scoring for LA, and Romain Alessandrini doubled the advantage mere moments later with a point-blank finish of his own rebound that was short on aesthetics but long on persistence. The Frenchman's strong outing was cut short by what appeared to be a hamstring injury, though, portending a spell on the sidelines for the influential Designated Player.
After the break, the Galaxy struggled to maintain the tenacious pressing and tempo they established in the first 45 minutes and Portland's Sebastian Blanco eventually made them pay with an angled strike through the legs of goalkeeper David Bingham. The equalizer never materialized despite some sustained Timbers pressure, however, handing new coach Giovanni Savarese a loss in his MLS coaching debut.