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  • September 14, 2013
  • • 10:30 PM
  • • Stubhub Center, Carson, California
  • Referee: M. Foerster
  • • Attendance: 5123

MLS Preview: Chivas USA - Portland Timbers

MLS Preview: Chivas USA - Portland Timbers

George Frey

The Portland Timbers are in a tight battle for a playoff spot in the Western Conference, and standing in their way is an improved Chivas USA led by red-hot striker Erick Torres.

The Portland Timbers are in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race, and they know a win can make the difference between jumping as high as third in the West, and falling out of playoff position altogether.

That makes their visit to Chivas USA on Saturday night such a tricky proposition. On paper, the Timbers should have no problem dealing with the last-place team in the West, but Chivas USA has shown considerable improvement of late, and a big part of the resurgence has been the red-hot Erick Torres.

The Mexican striker has scored an impressive seven goals in nine matches since joining on loan from Chivas Guadalajara, and his presence in the Chivas USA attack has helped the club go from pushover to tough challenger. Throw in the outstanding form of goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and you can understand how the Goats have suffered just one loss in their past four matches.

The Timbers will be looking to ride the momentum created by last week's 4-0 thrashing of Toronto FC, a victory that signaled the return of captain Will Johnson from injury. The win also came without the services of Jamaican national team players Donovan Ricketts, Ryan Johnson and Alvas Powell, who are all back to face Chivas USA.

The key to posting a win at the StubHub Center on Saturday will be the play of Timbers center back Pa Modou Kah. He will have the task of trying to shut down the elusive and crafty Torres, who has shown a solid ability to find the gaps in opposing defenses. Offensively, Portland will look to get Diego Valeri and Rodney Wallace going against a vulnerable Chivas USA defense that has shown some signs of improvement in recent weeks.


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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Aug 9, 2014 Portland Timbers 2 - Chivas USA 0
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ May 28, 2014 Chivas USA 0 - Portland Timbers 2
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Apr 12, 2014 Portland Timbers 1 - Chivas USA 1
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Oct 26, 2013 Chivas USA 0 - Portland Timbers 5
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Sep 14, 2013 Chivas USA 1 - Portland Timbers 1
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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Dan KennedyGoalkeeper
2Bobby BurlingDefender
33M. de LunaDefender
3Carlos BocanegraDefender
-E. MejíaMidfielder
30Carlos BorjaMidfielder
59Bryan de la Fuente Midfielder
15Eric AvilaMidfielder
-Carlos AlvarezMidfielder
30O. MindaMidfielder
9E. TorresStriker
-Patrick McLainGoalkeeper
25Steve PurdyDefender
-C. ChuecaMidfielder
-J. RiveraStriker
7Tristan BowenStriker
-J. MoralesStriker
15Matt FondyStriker
1Donovan RickettsGoalkeeper
5Michael HarringtonDefender
16Andrew-Jean BaptisteDefender
44Pa-Modou KahDefender
4Will JohnsonStriker
11Salvatore ZizzoMidfielder
11Kalif AlhassanMidfielder
21Diego Ferney CharáMidfielder
6Darlington NagbeStriker
-A. ValenciaStriker
22Rodney WallaceDefender
-Milos KocicGoalkeeper
31Rauwshan McKenzieDefender
8Diego ValeriMidfielder
14Ben ZemanskiMidfielder
5Brad RingMidfielder
37Maximiliano UrrutiStriker
-Ryan JohnsonDefender

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