Portland Timbers Win Two on the Road with 2-0 Win Over Chivas USA

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Timbers took apart Chivas with a strong second half for their third win of the season.

The Portland Timbers made club history today with their second road win in a row, beating Chivas USA 2-0 in an effort that saw new striker Fanendo Adi score a second half brace.

The Timbers started the first half with a completely revamped lineup, keeping only three starters from the team's 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. With the season's first starts for Adi, Michael Nanchoff, and Danny O'Rourke, the Timbers gave their usual starters a rest in the match.

With the drastically changed lineup on the pitch the Timbers struggled to take control in the first half, dominating possession but failing to break through.

The second half saw the Timbers finally start to break down Chivas USA with a series of adjustments that saw results more along the lines of last season.

The Timbers broke open the scoring in the 65', shortly after the introduction of Darlington Nagbe. Holding the ball in the center of the pitch, Nagbe fed Jorge Villafana running down the left flank. Picking his head up, Villafana swung in a curling cross to Adi, crashing the net in the center of the pitch. With the ball falling perfectly to him, Adi his his chance with his first touch, sending it over a diving Dan Kennedy to make the score 1-0.

Six minutes later in the 71' it was Adi again, pushing the Timbers to 2-0. Again the move leading to the goal started with a Timbers' sub, this time from Diego Valeri who was brought in for Gaston Fernandez. Holding the ball in space in the center of the pitch, Valeri looked up and picked out Adi making a looping run around a defender on the Chivas line, sending a perfectly placed pass onto the foot of the Timbers' new striker. With the defense rooted tot he ground behind him, Adi went in one on one with Kennedy, juking his way around the Chivas keeper and slotting the ball home through the legs of a finally arriving defender.

The action was not over, however, with a red card coming to Chivas defender Bobby Burling in the 84'. With Adi breaking down the left touch line, Burling arrived on the scene and, rather than tackling the ball away, lowered his shoulder into Adi's chest, plowing him to the ground in front of the Timbers' bench. With a swarm of Timbers in front of him, Burling had some clear, choice words for his opponents before turning to see Edwin Jurosevich decisively showing a red card.

From there the game was essentially over. With the exception of several over-enthusiastic moments in the final minutes, the Timbers controlled the ball and closed the game out handily.

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