Western Conference Round-up: Feb. 17
Chivas USA remains unbeaten in preseason after defeating the Colorado Rapids on Friday at Sam Boyd Stadium. Eric Avila, Juan Agudelo and Jose Correa each scored a goal to give the Red-and-White a 3-0 victory over the Rapids. Colorado will close preseason on Friday with an exhibition match against the LA Galaxy in Santa Barbara, Calif.
The Red-and-White traded midfielder Ben Zemanski mid-week to Portland ahead of the Timbers’ three-game tournament which kick-offs on Sunday, Feb. 17. The Timbers held the first edition of the tournament last year, which included the participation of the Red-and-White. This year, participating teams include MLS’ San Jose Earthquakes, FC Dallas and Swedish club AIK.
Seattle Sounders FC opened their participation in Desert Diamond Cup with a 2-0 win over the New England Revolution with goals from Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson. The Sounders will continue their tournament participation against the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday.
Real Salt Lake took the first shot at the Red Bulls on Wednesday in Tucson, earning a 2-2 draw with the East Coast team. Former Salt Lake defender Jamieson Olave scored against his old club in the 31st minute before Michael Bustamante notched the final goal of the game for New York.
Over on the East Coast, Vancouver Whitecaps FC kicked-off participation in the Carolina Challenge Cup with a 3-2 victory over Charleston Battery. The Whitecaps are scheduled to face the College of Charleston on Sunday afternoon.
On Wednesday, the LA Galaxy defeated UCLA 7-2 at The Home Depot Center and then played South Korean side Gangwon FC to a 0-0 draw on Friday.
Chivas USA will face K-League Gangwon FC for the second time in preseason on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7pm PT at Titan Stadium, located on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. In the first encounter between the two clubs, Chivas USA earned a 7-3 victory over the K-League team in a match that consisted of four 30 minute quarters.
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