PNW Soccer

LA Galaxy score late, beat Portland Timbers 2-1

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Sacha Kljestan scored on a penalty kick in the final minutes in the LA Galaxy’s 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers on Saturday night. The Galaxy (12-11-6) have won two straight against the Timbers (14-11-4), who ended a four-game winning streak. Kljestan scored in the second minute of second-half stoppage time after Efrain Alvarez drew a foul in the Timbers’ box.  Javier Hernández scored in the 62nd for the Galaxy. Sebastián Blanco’s goal tied it for the Timbers in the 72nd minute.

Urruti, Quintero help Dynamo beat Sounders 2-1

HOUSTON (AP) — Maximiliano Urruti scored a goal, Darwin Quintero added a goal and an assist and the Houston Dynamo beat Seattle 2-1 to snap an eight-game losing streak against the Sounders. Quintero, on a set piece, played an arcing ball to the outside shoulder of Urruti, who pulled a blind volley across his body and past goalkeeper Stefan Frei to open the scoring in the 14th minute. Quintero made it 2-0 in the 20th, putting on a dribbling exhibition to create space amongst the Sounders defense before before putting away a left-footer from the edge of the area. Jimmy Medranda scored for Seattle (17-6-6) in the 41st minute.