Chivas USA-Timbers Preview

Juan Pablo Angel didn’t get much done during his brief stint in

Los Angeles, but the Chivas USA forward has already showing off his

goal-scoring touch with his new club.

Finding the back of the net in a second straight match could be

tough for Angel as he faces Portland for the second time this

month.

Leading the expansion Timbers by two points in the wild-card

race, Chivas USA completes its five-game road stretch Wednesday

night when Portland tries to post back-to-back wins for the first

time since early May.

After recording just three goals in 22 matches for the Galaxy

this season – his first after netting 61 in four years at New York

– Angel scored Saturday in his Chivas debut, a 2-all draw at

Colorado.

“When you look at the overall impact on the day, he’s already

added to our game,” coach Robin Fraser said.

The club expects even more contributions as the Colombian

forward settles in to his new surroundings. Angel had just three

training sessions before going 90 minutes against the defending MLS

Cup champs.

“(Angel) has something to prove,” Rapids midfielder Sanna

Nyassi said. “Things didn’t work out for him in L.A. and he showed

tonight he can still play and is a good player.”

Despite Angel’s strong debut with Chivas, the expansion Timbers

are unlikely impressed.

In its last two home games – a 3-0 win over Los Angeles on Aug.

3 that was Angel’s final start with the Galaxy and Saturday’s 2-1

victory over Vancouver – Portland (8-12-5) held Galaxy midfielder

Landon Donovan (11 goals) and Whitecaps forward Eric Hassli (10) –

two of the top four MLS scorers – off the scoresheet.

Saturday’s performance came largely without standout defender

Eric Brunner, who entered as a 76th-minute substitute. Coach John

Spencer opted to rest him with the club playing its third match in

eight days.

“I thought (Futty Danso) did well until he got his (right

hamstring) injury and then Eric Brunner comes in and performs

well,” Spencer told the Timbers’ official website. “… It was a

great team effort.”

Portland, which is three points out of the final playoff spot,

will try to win consecutive games for the first time since April 30

and May 6.

Continued goal scoring from Jorge Perlaza and midfielder Diego

Chara could help the Timbers accomplish that as they also try to

match a season high by earning points in four straight at home.

Perlaza scored his sixth goal Saturday – one behind team leader

Jack Jewsbury – and assisted on Chara’s first MLS goal, which came

in the second minute for the fastest in team history.

“I’m very happy and hopefully I’ll get a lot more,” Chara, the

team’s first designated player, said through a translator.

Chivas newcomer Laurent Courtois also scored his first MLS goal

Saturday. The midfielder was acquired earlier this month after

playing for the French club Grenoble from 2008-11.

Marcos Mondaini gave Chivas a 1-0 home win June 4 with a

70th-minute goal in the only previous meeting between the

teams.