Timbers 2 lose to L.A.
Jeremy Ebobisse scored his first professional goal and Marco Farfan had two nice assists, but L.A. Galaxy II scored four goals in less than 20 minutes and beat Portland Timbers 2 by a 4-3 score on Sunday at Providence Park.
Max Orstil and Victor Arboleda also scored for Portland in the match between two of the youngest teams in the United Soccer League.
Timbers 2 fell to 1-14-2 on the season. L.A. Galaxy II, coming off a 9-0 loss to Reno, improved to 4-11-2.
Ebobisse, the Timbers first-round pick in the 2017 MLS Super Draft, gave T2 a 1-0 lead on a beautiful header off a Marco Farfan cross in the 25th minute.
The Timbers rookie beat Galaxy II goalkeeper Bennett Sneddon to a cross that Farfan delivered to the near post from the left wing. Ebobisse outjumped the keeper and headed the ball sharply into the goal.
T2 went up 2-0 in the 33rd minute on the first goal of the season from defender Max Ornstil. It came on a counter attack. Ornstil won possession in midfield, pushing a ball forward to Ebobisse, who turned and sent a ball behind the L.A. defense that Ornstil ran onto. From the left side of the penalty area, Ornstil delivered a nice right-footed shot into the tight side of the net.
But the visitors scored the next four goals.
Galaxy II pulled within 2-1 late in the first half after Farfan committed a handball foul on a cross into the penalty area. Tyler Turner converted the penalty kick.
Adrian Vera exploited a pair of defensive breakdowns to score two goals in the first five minutes after halftime to give L.A. a 3-2 lead. And Galaxy II made it 4-2 on a Justin Dhillon goal in the 60th minute.
In the 82nd minute. Arboleda — like Ebobisse and Farfan loaned to T2 from the MLS Timbers for this match — scored his third goal for T2 this season at the end of a beautiful exchange with Farfan near the left edge of the penalty area.
T2 created several chances from crosses into the penalty area in the final minutes but could not find the tying goal.
Portland goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh was credited with three saves, including a pair of quality reaction stops in the second half.
Announced attendance for Sunday's match was 1,891.
Timbers 2 return to Providence Park next Sunday for a 2 p.m. match against Swope Park Rangers, the USL affiliate for Sporting Kansas City.