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Chivas USA loses to Portland Timbers, 2-0, in U.S. Open Cup match

The Timbers score twice in the final six minutes.

March 29, 2011|By Grahame L. Jones

Chivas USA's run in the 2011 U.S. Open Cup lasted all of 90 minutes.

Two goals in the final six minutes Tuesday night gave the Portland Timbers a 2-0 victory in a wind-swept and rain-soaked match at Merlo Field on the University of Portland campus.

Both goals came just moments after Chivas forward Justin Braun was denied a clear scoring opportunity by Portland goalkeeper Jake Gleeson, who rushed out of his area to tackle the ball away from Braun.

The Timbers then counterattacked quickly and took the lead when Jack Jewsbury's shot from distance beat Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and went in at the left post.

That was in the 84th minute. Less than three minutes later it became 2-0 when Eric Brunner hammered home the rebound of his own shot to secure the win for expansion Portland.

Defenders Andrew Boyens of New Zealand and Seth Owusu of Ghana made their debuts for Chivas USA.

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