Gonzales, also a member of the U.S. national team, was back from the World Cup in Brazil. He wasn't ready to rejoin the Galaxy yet but told the sold-out crowd of 27,000, "I'm happy to be home."
The Galaxy then was happy to salvage a 2-2 draw with the Timbers, with the Galaxy's tying goal coming courtesy of an own goal by Portland defender Rauwshan McKenzie.
And with the tie, the Galaxy (5-3-6) has now played six consecutive
"We were sloppy throughout the game," Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena said. "The effort was not consistent over the 90 minutes. I think we lost our concentration a little bit."
In the 86th minute, the Galaxy's Baggio Husidic lofted a chip shot directly in front of the goal and it bounced off McKenzie into the net for the Galaxy's score.
After a scoreless first half, the Galaxy also got on the board first, in the 65th minute, when midfielder Marcelo Sarvas fired from just inside the 18-yard box into the far corner of the net.
But the Timbers (4-5-9) responded with two goals in three minutes.
Portland midfielder Diego Valeri kicked a liner just off the ground from 18 yards in the 67th minute. Traveling like a pitcher's low fastball, Valeri's shot sailed past diving Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.
Portland scored again in the 70th minute when Jorge Villafana collected a loose ball and kicked a 12-yard grounder from in front of the goal that skipped past Penedo.
This was the second of three regular-season games between the Western Conference rivals and their second draw. They played to a 1-1 tie in Portland on May
The scoreless first half was an exercise in frustration for both teams. The Galaxy passed the ball crisply in the midfield but struggled to find a man clear enough to take a shot at goal.
Sarvas had the Galaxy's best attempt in the half in the 15th minute when he kicked a curling, right-to-left shot from 15 yards. But the ball struck the far post and bounced away.