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Galaxy end Timbers' nine-game unbeaten streak with 2-1 victory in Portland

Galaxy end Timbers' nine-game unbeaten streak with 2-1 victory in Portland

If the Galaxy make another deep run in the MLS playoffs this fall, they’re likely to look back on gut-checks like Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers as an important another step on that journey.

Playing the defending champions under difficult conditions before a hostile crowd, they raced to a 2-0 lead after 11 minutes on goals by Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes. Then over the next 79 minutes they hunkered down, facing a barrage 18 of shots without breaking to close out a game they might have lost a month ago.

Instead they were rewarded with their fourth straight win, their second straight victory on the road and the third in a row by a single goal, while...

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