MLS Assessment: Timbers too fantastic for Galaxy, Atlanta snatch last-gasp draw

Portland Timbers comprehensively beat LA Galaxy in MLS, although Atlanta United equalised in the 91st minute against Sporting Kansas City.
Liam Ridgewell, Diego Valeri and Alvas Powell all scored as the Timbers saw off the Galaxy 3-1 in Portland on Sunday.
The Timbers produced a dream get started because of Ridgewell’s fifth-minute opener – a energy header into an empty net – but LA hit back instantly via Emmanuel Boateng.
Valeri restored Portland’s lead just past the half-hour mark using a stunning long-range strike and Powell sealed the points when he lashed a shot across Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe.
The Timbers are fifth in the Western Conference – 3 points adrift of leaders Sporting KC – while the Galaxy are ninth and nine points outdoors of the play-off positions.
Sporting KC missed the opportunity to extend their lead atop the conference after getting held to a 1-1 draw by going to Atlanta.
Benny Feilhaber’s 59th-minute penalty had Sporting KC on track for back-to-back wins till Jacob Peterson’s netted a last-gasp equaliser because the hosts played out their fourth draw in 5 matches.