Portland Timbers v LA Galaxy – A match made in the Premier League
It reads like a crap joke: An Englishman, and Irishman and a Scotsman took to the field, and all scored doubles.
I wouldn’t normally advocate watching 11 minutes worth of highlights from an MLS game, but it’s Sunday morning and there’s not much football on at the moment, so get yourself a cup of tea and watch a game littered with action provided by players familiar to our shores.
Portland Timbers opened the scoring after just three minutes, with former Birmingham, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough striker Kris Boyd finished from close range. David Beckham then levelled the scoring with an outrageous 30-yard drive into the top corner, and just five minuted later Becks gave Galaxy the lead with a free kick.
The Galaxy then scored another two goals in the next four minutes through a Landon Donovan (ex-Everton) penalty and a Robbie Keane (ex-half of the Premier and Football League) finish. Contraversially, Portland Timbers then scored a goal that wasn’t scored by an ex-Premier League player, but Boyd and Keane both scored their second goals to restore the natural order.
Question for you stats fans. Is that the first time ever an Englishman, and Irishman and a Scottsman have all scored in the same game outside of the UK?