Chivas USA 1, Timbers 0
Marcos Mondaini scored in the 70th minute off a pass from Paulo
Nagamura and Chivas USA won for the second time this year at home,
beating the expansion Portland Timbers 1-0 on Saturday night.
Mondaini scored in his return from a four-game suspension for a
tackle on Real Salt Lake’s Javier Morales.
Chivas USA improved to 4-4-5 in front of a crowd of 14,076 at
the Home Depot Center.
The Timbers (5-5-2) controlled the late stretches after the
goal, but were unable to tie it. Portland is 0-4-2 on the road.
Mondaini was a frequent challenger of the Timbers’ back line and
created several chances for the previously stagnant Chivas USA
backline. Following the match, the Argentine forward was visibly
moved about his performance after a difficult few weeks.
”Thanks to God, physically I felt very good,” Mondaini said.
”I was tired in the last minutes and I think that being out for
four games started to affect me, but I’m very grateful to score and
to give the team a win.”
The Timbers’ best opportunity came moments after Mondaini’s goal
when Jack Jewsbury fired a shot from 25 yards that forced Chivas
USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy to make a sprawling save.
”We’re sitting tonight after two straight losses, tied at 17
points and we’re still in good shape,” Portland coach Jon Spencer
said. ”I told the guys don’t be happy that we lost, but for a new
team we’re not doing so badly. We had opportunities to score and
we’re still hanging around with a chance tie at the end.”