Timbers keep streak alive, beat Chivas USA
After completing three games in eleven days, the Portland Timbers hosted Chivas USA however, faced a Sporting Kansas City team that wanted to get back to their winning ways. SKC got what they wanted by handing Chivas an old fashioned drubbing with a final score of 4 to nil. But that was not what else the Goats lost.
Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was awarded a straight red by referee Baldomero Toledo for his challenge on SKC’s Paulo Nagamura. In his place during his one game suspension in Portland was the same back up from the match in Kansas City, Patrick McClain.
When the match official, Silviu Petrescu, began the match in Portland, McClain’s existence on the pitch was a bit of a mystery. Would he play similar to how he did against SKC or would he be prepared and confident goalkeeper as declared on his New England) regardless of the team.
For now, both teams get a much deserved break before their next league match. Chivas USA heads back to the Home Depot Center to face Western Conference for Real Salt Lake on the 19th. For Portland, they are up against a tough rival from Vancouver, Canada on the 18th.
There is nothing like a Cascadia Cup match and Portland has had a bit of luck while on the road versus the Whitecaps. Last season Jack Jewsbury secured the Cascadia Cup for Portland with a bomb from distance. Can the Timbers repeat the same or at least extend their undefeated streak to 10 games or will Vancouver be able to steal another win in back to back weeks?