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MLS Matchup Report: Chivas USA vs Portland Timbers Handicapping

Matchup: Chivas USA vs Portland Timbers Insight

A desperate Chivas USA team will be looking to avoid its second consecutive loss and fourth overall to start the season, when they travel to north on Saturday night to take on the Portland Timbers who are also coming off a rare home defeat last weekend and will aim to avoid its second consecutive loss of the season at JELD-WEN Field.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2012
Time: Kick-off: 10:30 PM EST
Venue: JELD-WEN Field
TV: ROOT
Portland Timbers -112 | +152 +1 (-500)
Draw +229 +106  -1 (+475)
Chivas USA +300 | +340  -1 (+850)

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Chivas (1-3-0) is looking to rebound from its third 1-0 home loss in 2012 – the latest coming Sunday versus Sporting Kansas City, and will go for its first 2-0 road start in club history.

Making matters more frustrating is the fact that the Goats have only scored once in its first four games – a 1-0 win at RSL on March 24.

That ties them for fewest in MLS with Toronto FC.

It’s a time of urgency, and now they will face their toughest task of the young 2012 campaign–Portland at home.

Historically a tough team to beat in front of a rabid Timber Army, Portland (1-2-1) gave up two late goals to surrender a 3-2 win to Real Salt Lake last Saturday.

Chivas USA vs. Portland Timbers

Chivas USA has struggled on the offensive side of the ball.

The Timbers’ Darlington Nagbe recorded the first brace of his MLS career, and the second in the club’s MLS history, but it was not enough as the Timbers, who are 10-6-3 at home in two MLS seasons, now face dropping two in a row in Portland since July 2 and 10.

However, that streak may not continue the way Chivas USA has struggled on the offensive side of the ball. But then again Portland gives up goals while Chivas doesn’t give up very many. Making this match up even more intriguing.

Chivas and Portland split a pair last season, with each team winning the home leg. Portland also won the U.S. Open Cup match between the two clubs in Portland’s inaugural MLS season.

The good news for Portland in this one is that it could get an offensive boost if Sal Zizzo makes his season debut and midfielder Kalif Alhassan returns after missing the RSL match with a strained groin.

Defender Eric Brunner scored and Perkins made two saves in a 1-0 victory on Aug. 24 in Chivas’ lone visit to JELD-WEN Field in 2011.

Portland’s loss at JELD-WEN last weekend was at least valiant, and most of all — unusual.

The Pick: I expect to see a win here over a Chivas’ side that has way too many holes.

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