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Galaxy, Timbers play to a draw

February, 8, 2011
A little more than a week into ball work, and Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is satisfied, more or less, with how things are proceeding. His team was hit-and-miss in Tuesday afternoon's scrimmage against the Portland Timbers at the Home Depot Center's track and field stadium, a 1-1 draw that saw L.A. trying different combinations and looking at players in new positions.

Uruguayan rookie midfielder Paolo Cardozo, whose slight build and baby face belie his technical gifts on the field, scored again for the Galaxy, taking a feed from Bryan Jordan (Temple City/Temple City HS) and firing to the upper-left corner to provide the lead less than two minutes into the second half. Uganda national-teamer Brian Umony, on trial with Portland, knocked home a loose ball following a corner kick three minutes later.

"I think we've learned that this is preseason, and we have a long way to go," Arena said after the game. "But today's still a good exercise. Our passing and our ability to create width in the attack in the first half of this game was not good. So those are things to learn from. That's what the preseason's for."

Cardozo also scored in the Galaxy's 7-1 mauling of Loyola Marymount on Friday, converting a second-half penalty kick. Portland, which was playing its first game as an MLS team against MLS opposition, tied the Ventura County Fusion, 1-1, Friday night in its first preseason match.

MOVING AROUND: Arena and his staff tweaked the close-to-first-choice lineup they used in the first half against LMU, teaming Michael Stephens (rather than Chris Birchall) in central midfield with Juninho and pairing Omar Gonzalez with Leonardo in central defense, with Frankie Hejduk on the right and A.J. DeLaGarza on the left. Starting keeper Donovan Ricketts made his preseason debut.

Sean Franklin, L.A.'s No. 1 right back, played in central defense next to Gregg Berhalter in the second of two 45-minute halves. Jordan, who played up top in the second half against LMU, was the right midfielder in the second half, with Mike Magee teaming with Adam Cristman up top.

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