Timbers beat Chivas USA 2-0 in US Open Cup play-in

Jack Jewsbury and Eric Brunner scored in the final six minutes

to give Portland a 2-0 win over 10-man Chivas USA in a U.S. Open

Cup play-in game Tuesday night.

Jewsbury struck from 35 yards out in the 84th minute to break up

a scoreless tie. Three minutes later, Brunner beat Chivas keeper

Dan Kennedy with a close-range shot for the Timbers’ second

goal.

”That’s what the team needed. The energy in the stadium was

fantastic,” Portland coach John Spencer said. ”It’s important for

our confidence. We did some good things tonight and we did some not

so good things. But at the end of the day, the best team won.”

The Timbers will play the San Jose Earthquakes in the

quarterfinals of qualifying for the U.S. Open Cup, the tournament

for clubs from all levels of United States soccer.

Portland’s MLS home opener will be April 14 against Chicago.

Jewsbury’s goal came on a counterattack when Timbers goalkeeper

Jake Gleeson stopped an attempt by Chivas forward Justin Braun

outside the penalty box.

Jewsbury, who came off the bench during the 71st minute after

starting Portland’s first two games, beat Braun to the ball just

outside the penalty box and the Timbers were off.

About 35 yards from the goal, Jewsbury launched a shot that

skipped past Chivas goalie Dan Kennedy on the wet turf and into the

left side of the goal.

”I have a decent shot from distance, so I thought I’d take a

chance,” Jewsbury said.

Three minutes later, Jewbury was at it again on a corner kick,

which Timbers defender Eric Brunner corralled and shot past Kennedy

to give Portland a 2-0 lead.

Portland dominated most of the first half, but the best scoring

chance belonged to Chivas. Gleeson denied Marco Mondaini in a

one-on-one situation 10 yards from the goal during the 34th

minute.

Gleeson, making his first start for an MLS team, came up with

two key stops, one during each half.

”You get lucky in games and I managed to lucky a couple

times,” Gleeson said.