Adi brace leads Timbers over Chivas USA

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By MIKE DONOVAN

In his first MLS start, Fanendo Adi led the way for the visiting Portland Timbers as they beat Chivas USA, 2-0, Wednesday night. Adi had both goals as the Timbers won their second road match in five days in front of a crowd of 3,702 at the Stubhub Center.

Adi, who is on loan from F.C. Copenhagen, opened his account 20 minutes into the second half when Jorge Villafana crossed the ball around the Chivas back line to the foot of Adi. The Nigerian striker calmly struck the ball home as Dan Kennedy dove in the wrong direction.

It only took six minutes for Adi to get his second when a perfectly weighted Diego Valeri pass both beat an attempted offside trap by the Goats and found Adi in stride. The forward then maneuvered around an onrushing Kennedy and put the ball between recovering Chivas defenders for the goal. 

The Timbers took the field with just three of the same starters that helped Portland knock off the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. With another match coming on Sunday, Caleb Porter decided to give many regular starters the night off including Jack Jewsbury, Pa Modou Kah, and Maxi Urruti, while Valeri and Darlington Nagbe made substitute appearances.

Using Valeri and Nagbe off the bench paid dividends for the club as both players had an assist in their substitute appearances. The substitutions also swung the game for the Timbers, who controlled possession throughout the match, but had few challenges on goal prior to the second fall substitutions.

Danny O’Rourke, who was signed the day before the match, started at right back and went the full ninety for the Timbers, who notched their first shutout of the season. The shutout victory gave Portland consecutive road victories in MLS regular season play for the first time since joining the league for the 2011 season.

After getting results in their last two matches, Chivas USA rarely threatened the Timbers goal, forcing just one Donovan Ricketts save. To add to the Goats misery, defender Bobby Burling received a straight red card late in the match for knocking Adi over near the touchline. Burling exchanged a few words with members of the Timbers who were on the bench before being shown the red card.

Adi, who is on loan to the Timbers through July, now has two goals and an assist in just 103 minutes of MLS. If the six-foot-four-inch Adi continues to provide goals it might be tough for the Timbers to not pick up his buy option when his short-term loan runs out. His two-goal effort Wednesday matched Urruti’s brace from Saturday and gives the Timbers (3-3-7, 16 points) two in-form strikers heading into their Cascadia Cup match Sunday against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

 

Next up for Chivas USA (2-6-4, 10 points) is a Saturday home match with the Philadelphia Union.

 

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13 Responses to Adi brace leads Timbers over Chivas USA

  1. bbstl says:

    3,702? In the second largest market in the U.S.? You’ve got to be kidding me. Instead of expansion, why doesn’t the leage move this team?

  2. Brain Guy says:

    For a second there I thought I had read “Adu” and I was expecting the site to crash.

    3,702? Really?

  3. Tyler says:

    wait. Attendance was 3700? How many lower division open cup games topped that last night? That’s pitiful

  4. Tony in Quakeland says:

    I think we need to choose a better word than “crowd”. After all, 3700 people can visit the rest rooms at the same time in that place and not have to wait. Maybe a “smattering” of 3700? A “couple of guys with nothing better to do”? We should have more fun with this…

  5. El Dawes says:

    3,702 is how many are in line for beer at a Timbers home game.

  6. Snaves says:

    Chivas were unbelievably awful last night. Giving the ball away under no pressure, not really attacking in the first half, ceding possession 60-40 over a mostly reserve side on a trip from NY after a bye week’s rest? Frankly it’s not surprising there’s only 3700 people showing up for games. It’s been a long time since this Chivas team actually gave them something to care about.

  7. nate says:

    Any other team would have several dozen posts on here complaining about that travesty of a red card (looking forward to MLS overturning that one too). But with Chivas, crickets. 3702 (a number that is somehow almost certainly inflated) is just pathetic. I get that MLS wants to give the new guys a chance to recover from years of mismanagement, but if this is the best they can do, let’s put this team somewhere else. It’s time to stop the willy-nilly expansion and build value in the existing clubs.