Chivas USA 2, Whitecaps FC 1

Eric Avila scored early in the second half and Chivas USA held

on for a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday

night.

Avila’s 55th-minute tally gave Chivas (3-1-1) a 2-0 lead. Kenny

Miller responded quickly for the Whitecaps (2-2-0), but the

visitors were unable to tie the match at Home Depot Center.

Chivas maintained their league lead in goals scored with 10

through five games. Last season it took Chivas 15 games to reach

that amount.

Chivas jumped out to a quick lead. In the 12th minute Carlos

Alvarez attempted a cross from the corner of the penalty area. The

ball deflected off Vancouver defender Jun Marques Davidson and

skipped past Joe Cannon into the net.

Avila put the hosts up 2-0 in the 55th minute. Jorge Villafana

found Avila unmarked on the right side of the penalty area. Avila

struck the ball in midair, sending it into the back of the

goal.

Kenny Miller cut Vancouver’s deficit in the 64th minute. Chivas’

Dan Kennedy saved Erik Hurtado’s shot, but the rebound sailed to

Miller, who headed the ball into an empty net.