Well that was fun and a great way to finish the season. 5 goals and 2 of those coming from the Argentinian Maestro before he was subbed at half!
From the whistle you could see that the Timbers wanted to avoid a repeat of their last trip to the City of Angels. Their energy was high and Chivas USA did not match Portland's intensity, well at least a dew of them did but the rest looked like they were just counting down the minutes until the off-season. Portland, mainly Diego Valeri, took full advantage and by the 34th minute the game was over.
Portland heads into the playoffs allowing only three goals in their last 8 games (two of them in one game) and coincidentally on a 8 game unbeaten run. They also have a positive road goal differential with 25 goals scored and 22 conceded, which is tied for league best. Portland also has the best goal differential in the league with a +21 mark. Last year Portland's GD was -22, which means they had an epic turnaround of +43!
Some other worthy notes are the fact that Diego Valeri was the first first year MLS player to score double digits and record double digit assists since 1996 and is only the second player to do so. Portland earned 34 points last year and ended this year at 57 points. Not sure where this ranks but a +23 point swing is amazing! Lastly Portland finsihed in the top spot in the west, which is something Seattle has not done and surprisingly something Colorado has not done either.
I have one question for all of you, is Portland that good or is Chivas just that bad?
Finally I want to end with WE ARE BEST IN THE WEST! Now we just need to keep the momentum rolling.