Timbers road blues continue in Los Angeles

Chivas USA gets an early goal and holds on for 1-0
July 18, 2012

Better effort. Same result.

in their first road game under coach Gavin Wilkinson, the Portland Timbers once again failed to score and lost 1-0 to Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Miller Bolanos tapped in a cross in the 16th minute for Chivas and the home team's defense produced a shutout for the third consecutive game, which started a four-game swing for the Timbers against the team directly ahead of them in the Western Conference standings.

Portland (5-10-4, 19 ponits) plays at FC Dallas (4-10-7, 19 points) on Saturday.

The Timbers went scoreless for the seventh time in nine road contests, having last scored on the road on April 14 in the first half of a game with the LA Galaxy. Leading 1-0 in the second half, Portland faltered and lost 3-1. The past two road games, the Timbers lost 3-0.

Portland lost to the Galaxy 5-3 on Saturday.

Following Saturday's game at Dallas, Portland has home games with both Dallas and Chivas. First, the Timbers play a friendly with Aston Villa of the English Premier League on Tuesday.

The goal for Bolanos was his first career score and only the team's 12th goal of the season, which remained the league's fewest goals. But, it boosted Chivas to 6-7-5, 23 points in their first-ever day game during the week. In their past four games, Chivas is 2-0-2 and has given up just one goal. Chivas, which moved into sixth place in the Western Conference, plays the Galaxy Saturday. A win would move it just a point behind the Galaxy in the race for fifth place and a playoff spot.

Portland countered by firing off 14 shots - 14 more than their loss at Colorado two weeks ago, and two on goal, both of which were easy saves by Dan Kennedy. The team had several chances that missed the net by less than a yard.