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

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

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.