Timbers clinch first in West, crush Chivas 5-0
CARSON, Calif. – The Portland Timbers are streaking on the eve of the MLS playoffs.
The Timbers shredded Chivas USA 5-0 Saturday night in their regular-season finale, clinching first place in the Western Conference.
Portland, unbeaten in its last eight games, finished 14-5-15, 57 points, one point ahead of West runner-up Real Salt Lake (16-10-8).
The Timbers advance to the conference semifinals, where they will face the winner of the knockout game between the Nos. 4 and 5 seeds.
Midfielder Diego Valeri had two goals and an assist as Portland took a 3-0 halftime lead on Saturday. He scored in the 16th and 29th minutes and assisted, along with Futty Danso, on a 34th-minute goal by Rodney Wallace.
Ryan Johnson scored in the 72nd minute, and Will Johnson scored in the 76th minute before the announced crowd of 11,024 at StubHub Center.
The margin was the largest by a road team in MLS this season.
The Timbers also set team records for largest margin of victory, most goals scored in a game and most goals scored in a road game.