CARSON, CA - APRIL 14: Juninho #19 of the Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates with David Beckham #23 and Sean Franklin #5 after scoring the go ahead goal in the second half against the Portland Timbers at The Home Depot Center on April 14, 2012 in Carson, California. The Galaxy won 3-1. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
It's a bit nicer reading the morning papers after a LA Galaxy victory, in'it? Today we have selections from two LA papers and one from Oregon for perspective. Three different sources, and each headline suggests a different tone. Amazing how a group of people all watching the same match will take away something different:
Galaxy escape the Western Conference cellar - The Daily Breeze
Forced to make some changes in their lineup, the Galaxy made the biggest switch of all Saturday night. They won. And at a time when many wondered what had happened to the Juninho of 2011, the Brazilian midfielder delivered the seasons most important goal and the Galaxy climbed out of last place in the West with a 3-1 win over Portland at Home Depot Center.
One puts escape in their headline, and that sets the tone for the entire article. Not only did the Galaxy escape the bottom of the table, the team escaped with a victory. Going into the 80th minute, I'm sure many fans were bracing themselves for the draw or something worse. Juninho opened up the escape hatch.
Boys from Brazil spark Galaxy victory - latimes.com
Juninho's second-half goal breaks a tie and recently acquired defender David Junior Lopes solidifies a previously shaky defense in a 3-1 victory over the Portland Timbers.
Speaking of with, with Juninho scoring the game winner and David Junior Lopes making his debut this headline just wrote itself. KDOC declared Lopes the man of the match, and he certainly gave the team a physical presence on the back line that was missing the first few weeks. That physicality seemed to set the tone for everything that was to follow. And who doesn't love a little Juninho samba?
Of course, while the Brazilians helped the Galaxy escape, the other side isn't going to see it that way after giving up their fourth and fifth goal after the 76' this year. The Galaxy scored their third and fourth late match goal of the year.
Timbers give up two goals in final 20 minutes.