By the numbers: Chivas USA vs Portland Timbers
Chivas USA travels to Portland this Saturday to face the Timbers at 7:30p.m. in Jeld-Wen Field in the third and final match between both clubs in the season. We broke down the rivalry between these two teams just by numbers. Check it out:
In the short history of rivalry between the two Western Conference teams, Chivas USA has earned three victories over the Timbers. In the first ever meet between the two clubs, the Goats took a 1-0 victory over the Timbers with a sole goal by Marcos Mondaini in the 70th minute in a match disputed on June 4, 2011 at The Home Depot Center. The last victory the team had was just less than a week ago when Miller Bolaños scored his first MLS goal in the 1-0 victory on a sunny Wednesday afternoon in Carson, Calif.
There has only been one loss for Chivas USA against Portland Timbers. The first and only defeat occurred in last year’s first match at Jeld-Wen Field as the team fell 1-0 after a goal by Eric Brunner in the 44th minute. Chivas USA’s overall record over Timbers is 3-1-0.
With one more game played, Troy Perkins has two more saves than MLS All-Star Dan Kennedy. Portland’s keeper stands with 63 saves so far this season in comparison to Dan’s 61. Aside from the saves, Kennedy is leads with a 1.11 goals against average and has had six shutouts this season over Perkins’ three shutouts.
Although Goats must keep an eye on all Timbers players, one in specific should be Kris Boyd. So far in the season, Boyd has scored seven goals, four more than the Red-and-White’s top goal scorer Juan Pablo Angel.
In the last meet between the two clubs at Jeld-Wen Field, Chivas USA took a 2-1 win thanks to a goal by the Red-and-White’s #10 Nick LaBrocca in the 82nd minute. Important to note: Ryan Smith came onto the field as a sub and assisted in both goals for the Goats.