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

abdominal strain.