Portland Timbers secure MLS Western Conference title
Diego Valeri scored two first-half goals and the Portland Timbers cruised to a 5-0 victory over Chivas USA in Major League Soccer.
The Associated Press
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CARSON, Calif. – Diego Valeri scored two first-half goals and the Portland Timbers cruised to a 5-0 victory over Chivas USA in Major League Soccer on Saturday.
Portland (14-5-15) clinched the regular-season Western Conference title — and with it, home-field advantage through at least the first two rounds of the MLS playoffs. The victory gave the Timbers 57 points, one more than Real Salt Lake.
Valeri scored in the 16th and 29th minutes and assisted on Rodney Wallace’s 34th-minute goal. Ryan Johnson and Will Johnson scored in the second half.
“We look like a well-oiled machine right now,” Portland coach Caleb Porter said.
Sporting KC takes league lead
CHESTER, Pa. – Lawrence Olum scored in stoppage time to give Sporting Kansas City a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union.
Graham Zusi also scored for Kansas City (17-10-7), which will claim the Supporters Shield for the best record in MLS if New York (16-9-8) loses or draws Sunday against Chicago.
Philadelphia was eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.
Toronto is spoiler
TORONTO – Toronto FC used Robert Earnshaw’s goal in the 16th minute to play spoiler, hanging on to defeat Montreal 1-0 and force the Impact to await the outcome of matches Sunday to see if it makes the MLS Eastern Conference playoffs.
In another MLS match, Chris Wondolowski and Walter Martinez each scored to lead San Jose past FC Dallas 2-1 in a matchup of teams that will not be in the playoffs.
• Neymar scored a goal and set up Alexis Sanchez’s winning chip shot in the 78th minute, carrying host Barcelona past Real Madrid 2-1.
It was Spain’s first “Clasico” since the defending champions signed Brazilian Neymar and Real Madrid acquired Gareth Bale.