Valeri scores 2 early lead, Timbers top Chivas 5-0
Diego Valeri scored two first-half goals and the Portland
Timbers cruised to a 5-0 victory over Chivas USA on Saturday
The win gives Portland the regular-season Western Conference
title and with it home-field advantage through at least the first
two rounds of the playoffs. Portland (14-5-15) will open the
playoffs with an away match on Nov. 2 or 3 against either Seattle,
Colorado or the LA Galaxy.
With the result, Chivas (6-20-4) became the 15th team in league
history to finish a season with at least 20 losses.
Valeri scored in 16th and 29th minutes and assisted on Rodney
Wallace’s 34th-minute goal. Ryan Johnson and Will Johnson scored
second-half goals to provide the final margin.
Chivas played without starting goalkeeper Dan Kennedy due to an