Chivas USA ties with Portland Timbers
PORTLAND, ORE. – Chivas USA earned a 1-1 draw with MLS Western Conference rivals the Portland Timbers last night in the Red-and-White’s second match of three held at JELD-WEN Field. Cesar Romero opened the score in the 21st minute for Chivas USA, while Timbers’ defender Ryan Kawulok scored the equalizer in the 78th minute.
Brazilian midfielder Allan Souza penetrated the Timbers' midfield from the right side of the pitch, and in the 21st minute crossed to Cesar Romero who barely reached the ball and placed it inside the net close to the right post of Portland's GK Jake Gleeson to score his fourth goal of the preseason, and the first of the match for Chivas USA.
The equalizer came in the 78th minute for the Timbers through a corner kick that went right inside the Goats’ box where Ryan Kawulok received the ball and beat GK Tim Melia, scoring the final goal of the match.
The Red-and-White will now prepare to face the San Jose Earthquakes this Sunday, March 4 at 2:30 p.m. PT at JELD-WEN Field. The match will culminate Chivas USA’s participation in the Portland Tournament and will be the last match of the preseason, ahead of the Goats’ home-opener on Sunday, March 11 against Houston Dynamo. To get the latest Chivas USA updates, follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/ChivasUSA) and Twitter: @cdchivasusa
Chivas USA 1: 1 Portland Timbers
March 1, 2012 - JELD-WEN Field
CHV: Romero (Souza), 21
POR: Kawulok (Alhassan), 78
CHV: Tim Melia; Scott Gordon, David Lopes (John Valencia, 46), Rauwshan McKenzie, Ante Jazic (Jorge Villafaña, 46); Nick LaBrocca (Miller Bolaños, 63), Ben Zemanski (Oswaldo Minda, 71), Allan Souza (Michael Lahoud, 46), Laurent Courtois (Peter Vagenas, 63); Cesar Romero, Casey Townsend (Juan Pablo Angel, 46)
Substitutes Not Used: Dan Kennedy, James Riley, Jose Najera, Matt Dallman.
POR: Jake Gleeson (Joe Bendik, 46); Lovel Palmer (Kawulok, 60), Eric Brunner, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Chris Taylor; Freddie Braun, Jack Jewsbury (Diego Chara, 46), James Marcelin, Brent Richards (Kalif Alhassasn, 66); Bright Dike, Rincon (Jorge Perlaza, 75)
Time of Game: 1:49
Weather: Cloudy and 41 degrees