MLS Gameday Wednesday: Portland Timbers at Chivas USA


It is an un usually grey and cool South Bay summer morning with even a slight chance of some rain, perfect weather for an unprecedented — well, for MLS, but we have seen this before in Carson — 1 p.m. kickoff between Western Conference rivals Chivas USA and the Portland Timbers.

The game is one of eight on tap in MLS today (including Seattle’s friendly against Chelsea) and one of two to get the unusual midweek afternoon start that in New York at least was called a “business decision.”

Given Chivas USA’s rather poor attendance record so far this season at home you wonder if a season low isn’t on the horizon, although I’m guessing scads of kids on deep group discounts will be in attendance at what’s being called Kids Day Out.

At least I hope so because Chivas USA defender Danny Califfe didn’t sound particularly excited about the prospect of a small audience:

“Not a huge fan,” he said the start time for the game. “We’ve had a hard enough time drawing on Saturday nights. It will be interesting to see what a one o’clock (start) will be like.”

One look at the standings will tell you what’s at stake in this one, which I tried to put in context in Tuesday’s column.

“We have some things to build on,” said goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. “We obviously need to be a little bit better in the seond half of the season. If we are better in the second half of the season we will have a very good chance at making the playoffs.”

Staff Writer Phil Collin has the previews of today’s game in Carson and the one up in Canada involving the Galaxy (more from me on that a little later).

Portland will also be seeking a little revenge for the defeat earlier this season inflicted by Chivas USA.


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