Chivas USA fall to AIK
PORTLAND, Ore. – Chivas USA fell 2-0 against Sweden’s AIK from the Allsvenskan First Division in its first match as part of three-match tournament at JELD-WEN Field in Portland. Chivas USA will now prepare for Thursday's match against host team Portland Timbers.
AIK’s forward Viktor Lundberg opened up the scoring for the Swedish team in the 40th minute after receiving a pass from Atakora. Early into the second half, Atakora scored his a goal of his own for AIK as he surpassed the Red-and-White defense, striking the ball past Chivas USA’s Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy in the 52nd minute.
Despite controlling the ball in the majority of the match and creating several goal scoring opportunities, the Red-and-White’s shots at goal were blocked by the Swedish team’s defensive line. Venezuelan forward Alejandro Moreno and Ecuadorian forward Miller Bolaños generated a big opportunity for Chivas USA in the 26th minute as Moreno passed a ball to Bolaños who failed to control the ball and lost it to AIK's defender Fallman.
Chivas USA 0: 2 AIK
February 27, 2012 - JELD-WEN Field
AIK - Lundberg (Atakora) 41
AIK - Atakora (Quaison) 52
Chivas USA -- Dan Kennedy, James Riley, John Valencia, Heath Pearce, Ante Jazic, Michael Lahoud (Laurent Courtois, 58), Alejandro Moreno (Casey Townsend, 63), Oswaldo Minda, Ryan Smith (Alan Souza, 46), Miller Bolaños (Ben Zemanski, 55), Juan Pablo Angel (Cesar Romero, 71).
Substitutes Not Used: Tim Melia, David Jr. Lopez, Rauwshan McKenzie, Scott Gordon, Jose Najera.
AIK -- Ivan Turina; David Fällman (Sal Jobarteh, 85), Per Karlsson, Niklas Backman, Martin Lorentzson; Daniel Gustavsson, Robin Quaison (Robert Ahman Persson, 76), Daniel Tjernström, Lalawele Atakora; Alhassan Kamara (Kwame Amponsah Karikari, 78), Viktor Lundberg.
AIK - Robin Quiason (caution; reckless tackle) 18
Referee: Paul Ward
Referee's Assistants: Darren Clark, Balboucar Jallow
4th Official: Drew Fischer
Time of Game: 1:49
Weather: Partly cloudy and 42 degrees