PORTLAND: Aston Villa defeated the Portland Timbers 5-4 in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw in a friendly on Tuesday.
After both teams successfully converted their first four spot kicks, Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan stopped Bright Dike’s penalty. That set up a chance to win for Samir Carruthers, who put his shot into the top left corner. The game ended tied after the Timbers came alive in the final 15 minutes.
Villa controlled the first half, getting a goal in the 41st minute off a header from Ciaran Clark and having another disallowed when Stephen Ireland was called offside. Portland’s Sebastian Rincon scored off a corner from Franck Songo’o to tie the score at 1-1 in the 76th minute. Just a few minutes later, Matthew Lowton scored for Villa by heading in a corner. However, Rodney Wallace drilled a left-footed goal from the top of the box in the 81st minute to tie it up again for Portland and send the game to penalties.
CARSON: Tottenham’s Gareth Bale and Los Angeles’ David Junior Lopes scored first-half goals as Spurs and the Galaxy played out a 1-1 draw in friendly on Tuesday.
Bale scored on a brilliant 17th-minute header to give the English club the lead but defender Lopes sent home a feed from Hector Jimenez 11 minutes later to pull LA even. The Galaxy were without stars David Beckham, in London for the Olympics, and Landon Donovan, preparing for Wednesday’s MLS All-Star game against Chelsea. Spurs play Liverpool in Baltimore on Saturday and the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena next Tuesday. The Galaxy have a friendly on August 2 at home against Spanish champion Real Madrid.